The Diversity of Mauritian culture
Traditional Creole houses
Many areas depicting the cultural diversity and history of Mauritius can be found scattered across the island. If you wish to add a cultural dimension to your holiday, make sure you visit traditional Creole houses like the Eureka house, the Pailles property and the House of Saint Aubin and find out about the manufacture of rum, tea culture, gardens spices or see one of the most famous botanical gardens in the world: the Jardin de Pamplemousses.
There are a host of religious sites that are particularly worth seeing: the Grand Bassin sacred lake, the Cap Malheureux church, or, the Sainte Croix Tamil Temple…
The Grand Bassin sacred lake is a symbolic representation of Hinduism, the most practiced religion in Mauritius and an important pilgrimage site that’s not to be missed if you stay in the south of the island.
The recently renovated Cap Malheureux church is one of the most photographed sites in Mauritius. With its bright red roof and turquoise lagoon and famous Mire rock backdrop, it’s a real picture postcard setting.
The most striking of the Tamil temples can be found at Sainte Croix, near Port Louis, the capital of Mauritius. This sanctuary houses many vividly coloured frescoes.
Local arts and crafts and shopping
In Mauritius there are many markets, shopping centres, local craft shops and art galleries offering high quality, affordable merchandise.
Local crafts are an important part of life on the island and they are a means by which the culturally diverse local inhabitants keep their traditions alive. You will find it hard to resist the highly valued jewellery manufactured by Mauritians of Indian or Arabic origin and the Creole basketry and there are many bargains there to be had.
Mauritius has become the top manufacturer of model boats. Highly skilled sculptors and hundreds of workshops attract many vistors, who aside from watching, will bring home many <
Fashion victims will need plenty of room available in their luggage. Mauritius has built a fantastic reputation for its clothing and textiles. Cashmere jumpers, woollen cardigans, hand-embroidered linen, fabrics by the metre, silks and Indian-style clothes all make attractive purchases. The must-see commercial areas are Caudan in Port Louis, Floréal Square and the Grand Baie market.
The best places to find items of typical Mauritian style are the many colourful markets and bazaars on the island. Every village has its own market but you’ll find the best examples in Port Louis, Flacq and Quatre Bornes.