Due to its geographic location and position on historic trade routes, Mauritius has over time become a melting pot of vastly differing cultures which... Marvellous Mauritius

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Due to its geographic location and position on historic trade routes, Mauritius has over time become a melting pot of vastly differing cultures which make it what it is today. Influences from Europe, Africa, China and India can be found in many aspects of life on this vibrant sun-kissed spot in the Indian Ocean.

With long held close links with France, it is perhaps unsurprising that many staples of French cuisine like bouillon soup are still popular, albeit adapted and spiced up with tasty local ingredients. Indian curries, chutneys and pickles also play a large part in the many Asian-oriented restaurants you can sample during Mauritius holidays. Of course, sat surrounded by thousands of miles of pristine blue sea, the island’s fishing industry is very important and excellent seafood dishes including shrimp, fish and oysters can be found easily.

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But it is in its famous street food that the true taste of Mauritius lies. The head-turning aroma of spicy sauces sizzling in the open air as street cooks invite all to try is a highlight of island life which will never be forgotten. Steaming wraps filled with curry and chick pea flatbread are particular favourites with islanders who want to be able to eat on the go.

Tropical fruit juices are perfect for washing down the spicy Mauritian food, but for those looking for something more alcoholic to go with their meal, there is a delightful surprise in the form of a burgeoning distilling industry. Although not as famed as their Caribbean counterparts, Mauritian rums are gaining in popularity and are a must try during any holiday to the island.

The cultural diversity of Mauritius can also be found in the language, with more than 80% of the population speaking Mauritian creole, which is French-based, but very different and exotic to the ear. The Indian language of Bhojpuri is also spoken by a large minority, while there are small pockets of English and French speakers.

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In sport too, the island’s links with Europe are clearly evident. English and Spanish football teams are popular, but the national sport is still horse racing, which has been popular on the island since the beginning of the 19th Century.

Mauritius food and culture are a mixture of all that is good about three continents, but with the island’s own unique ingredients added into the recipe, making it unlike anything else you will ever experience.