The hidden treasures of Mapou, Beau-Plan and Pamplemousses

 

Leaving the North to go towards the capital, three magical places are nestled in the villages of Mapou, Beau-Plan and Pamplemousses, which are the direct testimony of the colonization period in Mauritius: The Domaine de Labourdonnais, L’Aventure du Sucre and the Botanical Garden of Pamplemousses.

Domaine de Labourdonnais


LE DOMAINE DE LABOURDONNAIS


Fully renovated in 2006, the Château de Labourdonnais highlights the history, the flora, the gastronomy and the know-how of Mauritius. These extensive gardens are home to giant tortoises and several fabulous orchards containing many exotic fruit trees with evocative names: nutmeg, bell-fruit, sapote, clove or plum of Cythere.

From these orchards, these fruits are converted in local delicacies, which can be enjoyed along with the local rum, also produced on site.




L’Aventure du sucre

Beau-Plan, an old sugar factory which has been reconverted in the sugar museum, shows how sugarcane has shaped the history of Mauritius, its economy, its landscape and its people.

A modern and lively museum, which is much more than a museum, it’s an adventure!

Children will be accompanied in their discovery by cartoon characters, will attend a screening and will enjoy answering small interactive quizzes.

Beau-Plan, The sugar adventure

The famous Botanical Garden of Pamplemousses


The Botanical Garden of Pamplemousses

This famous garden, which was created over 300 years ago during the French colonial era, is the fruit of the hard work and passion of the famous horticulturist and botanist Pierre Poivre, the governor of the island, which was then known as Isle de France.

Thirty-seven acres are home to a valuable collection of rare and century old trees, including the majestic ‘Talipot’ palm tree, which flowers only every forty to sixty years.

Strollers will feel lulled by the poetry of the place while their steps will lead them to the fictitious graves of Paul and Virginie, the legendary lovers of the famous novel written by Bernardin de Saint-Pierre and published in 1789.