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Mauritius - ideal holidays for over 50s

Mauritius - ideal holidays for over 50s

Explore this tropical paradise

Blessed with some of the most beautiful locations in the world, but how do you choose where to go? Mauritius Holidays Direct let us in on one of their top locations.

The stunning island nation of Mauritius is perhaps the quintessential tropical paradise and high on the 'holidays for over 50s' wishlist for many of us.

 
Blessed with miles and miles of white-sand beaches, crystal-clear waters and an abundance of indigenous wildlife, this picturesque island is a hugely popular destination for those looking for a relaxing getaway.

Located around 2,000 kilometres from the African mainland, Mauritius is the jewel of the Indian Ocean. As well as its natural beauty, the island nation has a rich and illustrious history to explore. With so much beauty to be found at every turn, this tropical paradise offers a myriad of excellent locations for you to enjoy. Here are just five of the best.

Port Louis

If you like to enjoy relaxing strolls whilst absorbing the traditional way of life in Mauritius, there is no better place to be than in the capital city of Port Louis. Shadowed by majestic mountain ranges, this gorgeous city is littered with beautiful buildings of great historical and cultural importance.

A particularly picturesque area of the city is Fort Adelaide - referred to locally as La Citadelle. Featuring classic colonial architecture from the island's era of British rule, the area is ideal for taking in the glorious sunshine. Explore the Cathedrals and Chapels that can be found throughout the city, or take it easy with a meal and drinks at Port Louis Waterfront - where you can watch the sun set over the Indian Ocean.

Grand Bay

The quaint fishing village of Grand Bay is located on the island's northern coast, and it boasts some of the most fabulous coastal views found anywhere in the world. A beautiful, emerald-green lagoon surrounds Grand Bay, which provides a beautiful backdrop for a meal in one of the village's seafood restaurants. 

As well as crystal-clear waters and a stunning beach, Grand Bay is also home to a range of water-based activities for the more adventurous. Visitors have the chance to dive amongst a myriad of sea life and coral reefs, as well as glass-bottomed boats which set sail for tours of the local coastline on a regular basis.

The Pamplemousses Botanical Garden

Located in the picturesque village of Pamplemousses in the north of the island, this beautiful botanical garden is renowned for its extensive range of exotic plant-life. Visitors can wander around the garden at their leisure, and the sheer range of colours on view provides the perfect setting for an afternoon stroll. The entire garden can be traversed on foot via a network of pathways - lined by stunning palm trees. 

What better way to while away the afternoon than with a picnic in the shadow of the majestic Château Mon Plaisir? This exquisite example of colonial architecture was once the official residence of the Governor during French rule, and its design has its roots firmly in the 19th century.

Ile aux Cerfs

If you want to escape the tourist throngs that descend on Mauritius during the peak summer season, there is no better place to go than the beautiful Ile aux Cerfs. A 10-minute boat trip from the village of Trou d'eau Douce takes visitors to this secluded, visually stunning island. 

Visitors can enjoy lunch at an exclusive seafood restaurant, or a range of cocktails can be enjoyed at the island's only bar. 

While there are a range of water sports to enjoy, most people visit the tiny island to enjoy the beauty of the white-sand beaches, the island's peaceful tranquillity and the turquoise waters through which the sea bed can be seen clearly.

The Central Plateau

If you chose Mauritius as a holiday destination because of its natural beauty, you can't afford to miss out on the incredible scenery found in the Central Plateau region of the main island. 

Both the Maccabées Forest and the Black River Gorges are located in this part of Mauritius, and they boast a wealth of indigenous plants and wildlife. 

Protected by the government, the area is a dedicated wildlife reserve, and it provides a natural habitat for a range of endangered species - including the Mauritian kestrel and the pink pigeon. There is also a selection of fantastic nature trails to enjoy in the area.

Blessed with natural wonders, stunning coastlines and an atmosphere all of its own, the island nation of Mauritius is easily one of the most romantic locations in the world. 

This post was written by Mauritius Holidays Direct, specialists in providing luxury holidays to the island of Mauritius.

Image Courtesy of BigStock Photo.

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