Sample Mauritian street food
Foodies will be in their element, as Mauritian food is a gastronomic experience to be savoured. Mauritian curry is delicious and quite different from its Indian counterparts, with a flavour all of its own. For a quick snack, dholl puris offer a filling and flavoursome bite, it’s basically a fried thin bread stuffed with ground yellow split peas, usually accompanied by chutney, spicy atchar and a bean curry.
Seafood is also plentiful so if you fancy a lobster, calamari or other pescatarian delights. You’ll be overwhelmed by the choices on offer. Traditional deserts such as vermicelli, made from milk, grapes and cardamom, is a sweet treat you’ll want to try.
Take a little retail therapy
Those in search of a traditional market experience can drive for 15 minutes to reach Goodlands market. Whether you just want to browse or find a gift for the folks back home, there are plenty of colourful stalls laden with teas, spices, local produce and brightly-coloured clothes and jewellery.
If you’re wondering what to buy during your trip, then rum and tea are popular choices. You’ll also find plenty of t-shirts, key-rings and bags emblazoned with pictures of the dodo – the world-famous bird once native to Mauritius. Traditional instruments such a the ravanne, a type of drum, also prove popular souvenirs.
Visit the Botanical Gardens
The Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Garden,often referred to as the Pamplemousses Botanical Garden, is a highlight of Grand Gaube holidays. It’s around a 25-minute drive or taxi ride away and provides a haven for visitors who want to unwind and stroll around its wonderful grounds.
The garden plays host to 85 types of palm trees and presents a kaleidoscope of unusual flowers. Highlights include the aromatic Spice Garden and a large pond filled with giant water lilies. You’ll also see an abundance of wildlife including rare birds, giant tortoises and stags. The Sugar Museum is another local attraction and many excursions combine the two.
Tours of the famous tea plantations are popular with travellers to the region. The Tea Route tour usually includes visits to traditional tea plantations, tea factories and museums. You’ll get to know more about the tea-making process and the history of tea in Mauritius. Bois Cheri, the biggest tea producer there, has a plantation around an hour-and-a-half’s drive away from Grand Gaube. Visitors can enjoy a guided tour of the factory, check out the plantation and sample the produce with a tea-tasting accompanied with biscuits. There’s also a museum for picking up some memorabilia.
Holidays in Grand Gaube, Mauritius, provide a pleasing list of scenic and cultural attractions with a laid-back beach retreat to come back to when you’re in need of a battery re-charge. Whether you’re looking for tranquility, action or sight-seeing, this Mauritian resort has an enticing breadth of choice, so your itinerary can be as relaxed or as packed as you desire.