Total area: 2,040 km2
Population: 1,288,000 (2008 estimate)
Currency: Mauritian rupee (MUR)
Official language: English
Capital: Port Louis
Government: Parliamentary republic
Internet TLD: .mu
Calling code: 230
Mauritius is an island nation situated east of Madagascar, off the southern coast of Africa. Besides the island of Mauritius, the state comprises also Cargados Carajos, Rodrigues and the Agalega Islands.
Situated in the Indian Ocean, this island set in the middle of turquoise waters is an oasis of tranquility and peace. It is the land where the present meets the past, the modernity mingles with antiquity, offering a unique setting that will take your breath away. In “Following the Equator”, Mark Twain wrote: "You gather the idea that Mauritius was made first and then heaven, and that heaven was copied after Mauritius". The island features some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, along with charming mountainous landscapes and harmonious mixture of cultures. The cultural diversity resulted from African, Indian, French, British and Chinese influences takes the form of splendid Hindu temples, churches, mosques, and Buddhist pagodas, making Mauritius a very intriguing destination. Besides, here you will have the opportunity to practice different water sports such as windsurfing, kayaking, surfing, snorkeling or fishing at depth.
Mauritius is one of Africa’s most prosperous countries –a multicultural society that is home to a large ethnical diversity co-existing in peace. Tourism activity is currently registering an ascending trend here. The sites that draw the most tourists are the capital city of Port Louis; the cities of Mahebourg and Curepipe; Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanic Garden; L'Aventure du Sucre Museum; the volcanic islands. The best time to visit Mauritius is between May and December.
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