The atmosphere of Mahebourg
is lively, cheerful and friendly.
It is one of the few places where, whether you are a tourist from
Germany, France, or simply from another region of the island,
it makes no difference to the people.
The majority of its inhabitants being fishermen or field workers,
the animation in Mahebourg
start at daybreak to slowly
fade out at dusk. Preserved from an excessive development, smiles
are still free of charge.
Like for most important villages of Mauritius, the population
of Mahebourg consists of all the ethnics and religions present
. This is not obvious to passers-by, as the
ethno-cultural specificities have faded with time to leave room
for the Mahebourg identity.
Relaxed, respectful, open-minded, quiet and fascinating, the people
of Mahebourg and its surroundings are what we can call true Mauritians.
, open Monday to Saturday is far more authentic
than the one of Port Louis; and less of a hassle to reach too.
It is an excellent occasion to experience our description above.
It is better to visit it on Mondays, when the Mahebourg
fair is on. The atmosphere is indescribable; even pictures cannot
tell these hundreds of funny things that happen every second that
only an alert eye can catch. It is also a good place to buy some
clothing and all sorts of kitsch objects. They are generally useless,
therefore absolutely necessary. Bargaining is part of the game…
Mahebourg and its surroundings
Mahebourg hosts the Naval museum of Mauritius
. Its interest
rests not only in its collection of exhibits, but also in the
history of its building. Erected in the 1760's, the building hosting
the museum was built by Mr. Jean De Robillard in architecture
typical of those times. The place was permanently adapted to the
necessities of each period. It is in one of its rooms that rival
commanders from the French army and the Royal Navy received first
aid, side by side, during the famous "Vieux Grand Port"
battle in 1810.
The H. Rault biscuit factory; one of the oldest factories of Mauritius
still in operation in its original state. It can be described
as a “live museum.”
is the only accessible islet of Mauritius
where the vegetation is 100 % Endemic. Managed by the Mauritian
Wildlife Foundation, Ile aux Aigrettes is a genuine eco-tourism