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» 01 Aug 2008

Discover the origins of Mauritian culture and let yourself be immersed in the enthralling 300 year history of Mauritius and the great epic of its sugar plantations. The development of the sugarcane industry is illustrated in a very lively way through extraordinary scenic pictures, videos, interactive games and entertainment for children.

In early civilisations sugar was coveted as much as gold, exotic Indian spices, precious silk from China or fine embroidery from the East. It was popular amongst the Indians and Chinese more than 1000 years BC.

This precious ‘sweet gold’ travelled from the Far and Middle East to the borders of the Mediterranean, was transported by Greek and Arab conquerors and introduced into the rest of Europe by the Crusaders. Venetian merchants traded it at great profit from the fifteenth century.

The ‘Aventure du Sucre’ museum is located in the former, fully renovated, Beau Plan Sugar Factory which was originally built in 1797. The approach to the building is very scenic. Upon entering you will experience movies projected on giant screens and sound effects designed to give you an idea of the atmosphere of the early years of the sugar manufacturing industry. Indeed, you will find yourself transported back in time to see the colossal sugar mill with all its archaic machinery dating back several decades and an example of a typical barge used for sugar transportation.

The tour lasts approximately one and a half hours after which 15 different varieties of locally manufactured sugars, which are exported primarily to Europe and the USA, will be provided for tasting. There will also be an opportunity to taste the unique rum of Aventure du Sucre and depending on the time of year the natural juice of the sugar cane plant.

Finally, the Fangourin restaurant offers a variety of Mauritian dishes to be enjoyed and the “Village Boutique” may be browsed for gifts, souvenirs and memorabilia.

The site is open everyday from 9.a.m to 6.p.m. and special tariffs are available for large groups upon reservation.

Call on 243 0660 to experience this adventure!






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