Mark Twain once wrote, 'Mauritius was made first and then heaven, heaven being copied after Mauritius'. He was right.
Mauritius' biggest and best national park is a wild expanse of rolling hills and thick forest covering roughly 2% of the island's surface. It's difficult to overstate the importance of this park - it's the last stand for Mauritian forests and many native species.
Although dedicated to the world-famous Mauritian one-penny and two-pence stamps of 1847, the Blue Penny Museum is far more wide-ranging than its name suggests, taking in the history of the island's exploration, settlement and colonial period, and even detouring into the Paul and Virginie legend.
About 1km west of central Curepipe, the Trou aux Cerfs is a dormant-volcanic crater some 100m deep and 1km in circumference. The bowl is heavily wooded and from the road around the rim - a favourite spot for joggers and walkers - you get lovely views of the plateau. There are benches for rest and reflection, and a radar station for keeping an electronic eye on cyclone activity.
Are you a reptile lover? Or have you ever dreamt of being around the reptiles and to see how beautiful they look? Then the right place for you is to get to the Crocodile and Giant Tortoises Park and Nature Reserve in Mauritius.
After having visited Eureka house you will be jealous on the family that settled down here in 1830. It's difficult to say what is more special now, the house in its antique colonial style, or the surroundings; the edge of a beautiful valley with wondrous waterfalls underneath the mountain Le Pouce.
The Jummah Mosque, the most important mosque in Mauritius, was built in the 1850s and is a striking blend of Indian, Creole and Islamic architecture - it would look equally at home in Istanbul, Delhi or New Orleans! Visitors are welcome in the peaceful inner courtyard, except on Friday and during the month of Ramadan.
Home to one of the most well preserved Martello Towers on the island, La Preneuse Beach is a popular destination for the historically inclined. With only a couple of small boutique hotels along a 2 kilometer stretch, this beach also offers a quiet and relaxing experience.