Flacq is one of the most important villages in Mauritius. A meeting point for inhabitants of the eastern region, the village hosts one of the island’s largest open-air markets. This is always guaranteed to be a colourful event, and one where locals can be observed bartering hard for goods ranging from textiles to fruit.
Île aux Cerfs
Most aerial photographs of Mauritius reveal the dramatic shapes and colours of the lagoon that surrounds Île aux Cerfs – once used by wealthy Europeans as a stag hunting ground,. Today, the island is a popular destination for day-trippers, who often combine it with a sojourn to the charming fishing village of Trou d’Eau Douce on the east coast.
The islet is dedicated to the high-end Le Touessrok 18-hole golf course. However, it also features many picturesque coves, sheltered by clusters of casuarina trees, which are crying out to be explored.
A cluster of luxury hotels and resorts overlook the ten kilometre Belle Mare Plage beach, which lies north of Trou d’Eau Douce and Île aux Cerfs. Here, the trade winds that caress Mauritius are much more prevalent than in other areas of the island. This makes the area particularly popular with visitors who love wind-powered sports, be they interested in sailing, windsurfing or kite-surfing.
Le Waterpark and Leisure Village, Belle Mare
The slides might not be as big or daunting as those in Europe or the USA, but this seven-day-a-week park still offers a comprehensive range of water-themed rides and pursuits, including a wave pool, water cannons, mushroom showers and giant chutes. Situated on the coast road just outside Belle Mare on the east coast, the park is free to infants under the age of three.
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