The picture-perfect island of Mauritius, in the middle of the Indian Ocean, provides the ultimate tropical island escape. Visitors can enjoy spectacular coastline and idyllic landscapes that encompass turquoise lagoons, waterfalls, mountain peaks and unusual wildlife. Of course the island's highlight is the collection of powdery white beaches that offer sun, sea and plenty of opportunity to unwind. The island exudes a friendly atmosphere that encourages tourists to revel in its fine resorts, restaurants, bars and delicious cuisine. Due to its small size, there is only one main international, Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport, southeast of the capital. Major airlines operating flights to Mauritius include Air Mauritius, Thomson Airways and British Airways.
The island's capital and harbour town, Port Louis, is also the largest urban area and a melting pot of Indian, African, European, Chinese and Middle Eastern influences. It is home to the oldest racecourse in the Indian Ocean, colonial architecture and also boasts an assortment of enticing shopping, food and entertainment offerings, from colourful markets to authentic restaurants. Outside of the main urban area, Mauritius is a world of natural splendour. From mesmerising scenery ranging from black volcanic mountains to paradisiacal beaches and crystalline lagoons, visitors can discover stunning marine life, indulge in water sports and leisure activities or simply relax on the beach, in sublime seclusion, cocktail in hand.