The most charming and photogenic town on the island, MAHÉBOURG (pronounced “my-bore”) was the site of Mauritius’s first settlement. Founded in 1805, its grid-like streets were designed by the French General Decaen, who named it after Bertrand-François Mahé de La Bourdonnais. Today, the southeast trade winds caress Mahébourg with a constant cooling sea breeze year-round and its narrow streets, sprinkled with dilapidated Creole-style wooden houses, some from the seventeenth century, are interesting to wander. Locals still sit outside like they used to do all over Mauritius, and women continue to wash clothes at La Board underneath the hundred-year-old Cavendish Bridge. Lovely views are to be had from the waterfront towards Lion Mountain across the bay.

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