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MAURITIUS EXPLORE
» 30 Oct 2012
FLACQ

For one, beach lovers will not be disappointed since Flacq boasts one of the most beautiful beaches: Belle Mare. If you are looking for something more adventurous,
hop on a boat at Trou d’eau douce and discover the island called, Ile-aux-Cerfs, an all-time tourist favourite. Otherwise, if you fancy a bit of shopping and a bargain, just head towards Central Flacq and find an array of items made in Mauritius.  Golf, Shopping, beaches, historical ruins, temples, waterpark, lle-aux-Cerfs.... Flacq is the home to all of the above.

HISTORY


When Mauritius was under the Dutch influence, they named Flacq 'HAAVEN VOOR DE SHOEP' meaning sleeping harbour. They used this “sleeping har-bour” to load their ships with ebony, a valuable resource at the time. The north of the village was in turn called, 'WALVISHOEK' – whale point. Eventu-ally the name was changed to Flacq
which derives from the word “Vlak” meaning flat land. Because of its rich history, Flacq is now a modern place with enough ruins to take us down memory lane. Indeed, vestiges of the past abound, including ruins of 2 lime kilns and a crumbling sugar factory that once belonged to the Mamarou family. A slave prison also stands de-feated by time, as a sad reminder of the fate of the man in chains under the
colonial rule.

However, do not let yourself be overwhelmed by the history as Flacq has a lot to offer! Here is a list of some musts!

SHOPPING

The shopper looking for low prices will be seduced by the budget-friendly inns and local restaurants that mush-room everywhere in Central Flacq. It is a place for street stalls and cheap and exotic food including tropical fruits and delicacies. The open-air market is also tempting to those adventure lovers looking for an exciting place with buzzing crowds and aromas of vanilla and other Mauritian teas. The bustling market is open on Saturdays and Sundays and other stalls open
every day of the week.

GOLF

Does Green velvet topped up with breath-taking views and promises of a fantabulous day appeal to you?? If yes, contact Le Touessrok hotel or Belle Mare Plage for unique golfing sessions on their five star golf courses!

ILE AUX CERFS AND TROU D’EAU DOUCE

Ile aux Cerfs is a haven for sea and beach lovers as well as amateurs of water sports. Its natural beauty is sought after by a number of 800 peo-ple a day! Its large expanse of beaches and inviting, warm sea water will enchant those in search of some nice relaxing days. Otherwise, the more  energetic will enjoy parasailing, water skiing and much much more. Port of embarkation is Trou d’eau douce and it takes 25 minutes to reach the island unless you take a speed boat!

Once you head back from Trou d’eau douce, make sure you make the most of some souvenir shops and do not disregard the glass bottom boats you can also use to explore the blue lagoon.

PLACES TO VISIT
POSTE DE FLACQ

Poste de Flacq is another village that is some ten minutes drive away from Central Flacq. It boasts a nice beach relished by the locals, called “Choisy”. Apart from the welcome you will get with charming little shops on both sides of the road, you will also be in-trigued by a very particular temple called the “ShivaSagar”. This temple was built on water and is also known as the floating temple.

BELLE MARE

Belle Mare is home to some of the best hotels on the island, namely, Le Saint Geran, Le Coco Beach, Le Residence, Beau Rivage, Belle Mare Plage, Le Prince Maurice, Le Palmar and more. This is so because the Belle Mare beach is truly one of the best in the world. Wide sandy beaches overlook-ing dancing waves slowly crashing into the reefs is the kind of sight you will find there. You will have the choice to enjoy the sea on kayak, whilst kite surfing, by parasailing or simply by taking a dip! Make your pick

TRAVEL TIPS

Ile aux Cerfs is a haven for sea and beach lovers as well as amateurs of water sports. Its natural beauty is sought after by a number of 800 people a day!

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