Mauritius in brief
- Surface area: 1,865 sq km
- Capital: Port-Louis
- Official language: English
- Currency: Mauritian Rupee
- Religions: Hinduism (52 %), Catholicism (28.3 %), Islam (16.6 %)
Useful facts for your stay at La Plantation d'Albion Club Med
- in public holidays and events on Mauritius
- January: New Year (1 and 2 January) / Thaipoosam Cavadee:
a Tamil festival (mid-January / early February)
- February: abolition of slavery (1 February) / Spring festival Chinese New Year (early February)
- March: Maha Shivaratree: a Hindu festival (February/March) / Anniversary of Independance declared in 1992 (12 March) / Ougadi: Hindu New Year (month of March)
- May: Labour Day (1 May)
- August: Assumption Day (15 August)
- September: Ganesh Chaturthi: Hindu festival (month of September)
- October: Divali: festival of light, in homage to the victory of the god Ram over evil (October-November) / Ganga Asnan: festival of the Ganges (October-November)
- November: All Saints Day (1 November) / Anniversary of the arrival of the Indian indentured labourers (2 November)
- December: Creole festival (early December) / Christmas Day (25 December)
- Aid-al-Fitr: Muslim festival marking the end of Ramadan – month of fasting (the date varies each year)
Mauritian culinary specialities
- Dishes: beef curry, vindaye (a spicy relish), rougail (a Creole speciality made of tomatoes, onions, garlic, ginger and spices), chutney
- Fish: tuna, capitaine, bream, red mullet, carp, emperor
- Sea food: crab, winkles, tectecs, shrimps, octopus
- Desserts: Fruit (mango, lychee, papaya, goyave, carambola, atte, coeur de boeuf, pomegranite), sweet or fried cakes
Flora and fauna native to Mauritius
- Flora: flamboyants, filaos, palm trees, hibiscus, anthurium, fruit trees, bougainvilliers
- Fauna: monkies, deer, wild boar, mongoose, exotic birds, crocodiles
Shopping on Mauritius
- Craftwork: model boats, Madagascan table cloths, baskets, wooden games, basketwork
- Local produce: curry and other spices, chillies, salt, sugar, vanilla tea, Chamarel coffee, rum
A few useful Creole expressions for your stay on Mauritius
- Hello: Bonzour
- Goodbye: Salam
- How are you? : Ki manière?
- Please: Si ou plé
Places of interest to discover in the area surrounding La Pointe aux Cannoniers Club Med
Make the most of your stay at La Pointe aux Cannoniers Club Med to discover the natural beauty and fascinating culture of Mauritius.
Historic towns nearby:
Grand’Baie is 7 km from Club Med.
A beautiful port that attracts many yachts. The bay is magnificent, with beautifully calm, clear waters.
Travel time: a 10-minute drive.
Port Louis is 20 km from the Resort.
This is the island’s main port. In the town centre, the Place d’Armes is the main square; the town grew from here. Visit the Jummah Mosque, the Chinese quarter, the pagides.
Travel time: a 30-minute drive.