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Flic En Flac: Secret holiday spot

Thu, Apr 21, 2011

Southern Africa



If there is any secret way to spend a peacefully holiday in Africa, it can be none other than Flic En Flac in Mauritius, which is now no longer a small fishing hamlet. This 200-year village is now an appealing tourist destination and ranks second in the list of preferred Mauritian destinations after Grand Bay. However, only a handful of tourists know about this great place.

Flic en Flac commemorates the start of an excellent expanse of a coastline that ends at the Le Morne Peninsula in south. Once the center of trade and a village, it is now the focal point of tourism that has grown into a small town boasting major attractions like the pristine lagoon as well as a long beach. Before the boom of the sugar industry, very few tourists in 60’s used to come for a luxury vacation, but now even the locals can afford a luxurious bungalow on the coast – such is now the standard of living here.


Flic En Flac is derived mistakenly from the old Dutch identity: Fried Landt Flaak that simply in English means ‘Free and Flat Land’. If this is the name given to this land, you can envision how fascinating this destination would have been to its 18th century explorers. Today, the most visited attraction here is the Flic En Flac beach on the West Coast edged by the Casurina trees. However, this one is not the cleanest one and that weekends spoil the place even more by the influx of inhabitants from the central highlands who come for great picnics here. And above all, for the active enthusiasts, this is not the right place to swim. For swimming as well as other water sports like scuba diving, the fine lagoon takes the pride in welcoming you. Alternatively, the Blue Bay beach on the southeast shore is famous for swimming as well as water sports such as yachting and windsurfing. Other enchanting highlights here are Le Val Nature Park, Le Waterpark, Domaine de l’Ylang Ylang, and La Vanille Crocodile Park.

Unless you do not book one of the several upscale hotels, you might experience being somewhat cheated by this tropical haven. Already lost is village charm due to overdrive development, this place is now an overflow of hotels, souvenir shops, and overpriced restaurants. I would recommend staying in any hotel or resort that is located outside the town so that you are availed of all high-end choices such as great diving sites, scenic spots, and excellent dining.

One more great advantage of being in Flic En Flac is its great bus route that can take you to a few captivating treasures of the island. For example, catch a bus from the Coastal road to enter into the capital of Mauritius (Port Louis) or simply go far from the island for a remotely cool hangout. While you are in this town, you can explore a plethora of facilities such as the SPAR Supermarket; restaurants serving Indian, Chinese, Creole, and European preparations; Pitzeria; pub; bakery; bakery, cybercafé; car, bike, and scooter renting stations; diving centre, boutiques, souvenirs, boating services around the island, horse riding, excursions, and tours. Other common amenities include bank, ATM accepting mastercard and Visa, bureau de changes, doctor, pharmacy, post office, public phones, buses, and taxis.

Hotels

• Hilton  • Sofitel  • Dinarobin  • Alpha villa (not upscale) from 29€

Restaurants

• Moti Mahal  • Golden Horse

Best seasons to come

Summer and winter

Reaching the town

Fly to Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport that is in the east of this town and then come here by road.

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