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Mahebourg

Located on the east coast of Mauritius is the old town of Mahebourg. Originally founded in 1805 it was once the main port in Mauritius. However, after the Dutch left and the French settled, the main port was moved to Port Louis and it reverted to a sleepy coastal fishing village.

The town today still retains its sleepy feel, but comes alive on market day with stalls full of spices, tropical fruits and vegetables and a wide array of delicious street food. The town also has a thriving fish industry.

The history of Mahebourg and its significance as a naval port is preserved in the Historical Naval Museum where you can learn about the naval battles between the British and French, complete with ancient maps and bells taken from wrecked ships. Just to the north of Mahebourg is Vieux Grand Port where you can view the ruins of the first Dutch fortifications.

Away from its naval past, Mahebourg is also home to the oldest biscuit factory in Mauritius - Biscuiterie Rault. The factory still produces biscuits in the traditional way made from flour made from the manioc root and baked in a large wood fire oven. You can enjoy a tour of the factory before having tea and sampling the biscuits in a range of flavours.
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