Located in the southwest of the peaceful Indian Ocean the paradisiacal Mauritius is halfway between Asia and Africa, both culturally and geographically. A tropical enclave offering miles of beaches bathed by crystal clear turquoise waters; And with an interior furrowed by sugar cane fields, Hindu temples, tropical forests dotted with waterfalls … and as the backdrop, spectacular mountain formations that reveal the volcanic origin of the island.
Mauritius is known for its relaxing and exotic atmosphere, as a favorite destination for a romantic honeymoon or couple trips, and for being an acclaimed meeting place for diving or scuba diving lovers. Surely not the first time you’ve heard of its countless attractions, but do you know some of the most interesting facts it hides?
If you are curious and you like the trips, check out our list with the most interesting facts about Mauritius:
Mauritius is arguably Africa’s wealthiest destination. Besides, Mauritius is the most densely populated country in the whole of Africa. It has a population of 1.3 million. A considerable population for such a small space; Which results in about 652 inhabitants per square kilometer. In spite of this fact, it’s hard to arrive at this concussion by ourselves as we set foot on the Island, taking into account its intact nature, the breadth of its beaches and natural spaces little frequented, and above all, because the vast majority of the population is concentrated in the capital, Port Louis.
Mark Twain, Sky, and Mauritius: When the famous Mark Twain, creator of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn and a source of inspiration for travelers and globetrotters visited the island in 1896, was so surprised by its beauty that he said: “Mauricio became First, and then Heaven, and Heaven was copied after Mauritius.” An appointment that equates the Island with a real paradise on earth, so perfect and palpable that should have served as an example for the creation of Eden itself. Exaggerated? We are not going to deny that the appointment is something bombastic, but that in Mauritius one can feel in the sky is an irrefutable truth.
Did you know that life expectancy in Mauritius is almost 74 years? It is the highest among the countries considered developing, and a good indication to think that it is close to stop being it. Thanks to the economic development of the country over the last decades, the improvement of the health system and infrastructures, the progressive eradication of inequalities and the lack of diseases, has increased the quality of life, and as a consequence, hope as well.
The island was originated underwater volcanic eruptions millions of years ago. And there is not only one, and there are 20! Keep in mind that although you only visit Mauritius during your trip (because it is the largest and where the population and infrastructure are found); there are 20 other smaller islands under its administration. Among them are for example Rodrigues, Ile Plat, and Ilot Gabriel or Cocos Island among many others. Besides another fact: The central, Mauritius, is surrounded almost entirely by coral reefs that contain the waves in most of its beaches. Hence the tranquility of its waters and the quality of its coasts for diving. If you like this activity, check out the best places to dive and dive in Mauritius.
Mauritius was “discovered” for the first time by Arab sailors, who baptized it as Dina Harobi, but was not populated until the sixteenth century, when the Europeans arrived. First the Portuguese, who named the islands as Cirne and Mascarenhas, and later by the Dutch, who established the first settlements and stable developments and baptized it as Mauritius in 1598 in honor of Prince Maurits van Nassau. French and British also fought for their colonization, and like many African countries, it only became independent quite recently, in 1968.
90% of the arable land is sugar cane fields, which places the production of this food and its derivatives at the top in the importance of the country’s economy. No less than about 72,000 hectares that conserve about 600,000 tons of sugar a year, of which 530,000 are exported to Europe. If you are curious to know a little more about the crops, production, and derivatives of the sweetest of foods do not hesitate to visit the Sugar Factory, or even better, to test the results of its distillate in the Factory of Ron de Chamarel.
Most of these data and anecdotes I have compiled thanks to different guides, friends, and local professionals during my trips to Mauritius, but there are much more to share.
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