The coastline around POSTE DE FLACQ is rockier and less visited than the rest of the east coast, and ideal for walks and bike rides. Here winter winds have bent the filao trees over like old men and waves crash through gaps in the reef. Just to the north is Mauritius’s newest national park, Bras d’Eau, a 427-hectare exotic forest where it’s possible to spot the elusive and endemic Mauritius paradise flycatcher: it’s well set up, with a visitor centre, mapped walks and natural pools to take a dip in.

Inland, the market town of CENTRE DE FLACQ is the district’s main settlement and the eastern transport hub. A predominantly Indian town, it’s known as “Flacq” to the locals. It’s home to the island’s largest open-air market, covered but still open-sided, which is one of the cheapest places to shop for fruit, vegetables and clothing, and buzzes with locals on market days.

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