Life in Mauritius
Located in the heart of the Mascarene Islands just 200 kilometers from its sister island, Réunion, near Madagascar, Mauritius is surrounded by lagoons and unique coral reefs. This Indian Ocean jewel fascinating as much for its economic dynamism that its sandy beaches and beautiful turquoise lagoons. Mauritius, exceptional cultural mosaic and welcoming land, has an ideal tropical climate with a mild winter season (19 to 26 ° C) and warm temperatures in summer (29-33 ° C). From Morne to Coin de Mire, this island offers a unique variety of landscapes and atmospheres, in a warm and vibrant atmosphere between tradition and modernity.
Practical information about Mauritius
The island of 1.2 million people over an area of 20 km2. The capital is Port Louis.
The official language is English but the majority of the Mauritian population speaks French. Creole and French are the most used in everyday language.
The local currency is the Mauritian Rupee. There are banks in all major cities to the exchange rate (1 € = 40RS).
Citizens of the European Union do not need a visa to stay for less than 6 months in Mauritius.
No vaccinations are required for European travelers coming to holiday in Mauritius.
It is only 2 hour time difference with Paris (3 hours in winter time).
Mauritius is experiencing rapid economic growth. Littly affected by the global crisis, the country is experiencing a steady growth for several years, making Mauritius a very attractive and reliable country for foreign investors. The main industries are sugar, textiles and tourism.
Member of the Commonwealth, Mauritius is a safe and stable country politically. Independent since 1968, Mauritius is a parliamentary system with a democratic system with separation of powers and an official constant commitment to respect for human rights. The judiciary is independent and works, as in France, according to the Napoleon Civil Code.
Mauritian culture is multiple and varied mix of African influences, Indian and European. Local music, sega, is very popular and many “live” animated bars. The biggest cinema of the island was recently built in the heart of Grand Bay, offering modern and spacious rooms and to discover along the France the latest global releases.
Mauritius has all the modern facilities. Medical technology that covers a wide range of treatments and the opening of private hospitals have increased medical tourism on the island.