In the South-West of the island of Mauritius, you will come across an old colonial capital of Mauritius, Mahebourg. Located on the shores of the country’s biggest lagoon, it is the town that is closest to the island’s only airport. Unique due to its amalgam of colonial and Creole architecture, Mahebourg is a quiet coastal village that is animated solely on market day or for festivals. Founded in 1805, the town was named after the famous French governor Mahé de Labourdonnais. There is something relentlessly charming about this village. It’s all about simple pleasures: a fascinating museum, a vibrant market, delicious street food, affordable accommodation and beautiful beaches along its coastline.