L’Aventure du Sucre is a museum dedicated to sugar and its history on the island of Mauritius. The climatic conditions here are favorable for growing sugar cane, from which sugar or the famous Mauritian rum can be produced. museum is located in the historic Beau Plan sugar factory, which was built in the 1820s and operated until 2007.
The museum tells the story of sugar production in Mauritius from the arrival of the first sugar cane plants in the 17th century to the present day. Visitors can learn about the history and culture of sugar production, as well as the social and economic impact it had on the island. Since the museum is located in a former sugar factory, it is full of original machines and historical exhibits.
The museum is divided into several sections, each focusing on a different aspect of sugar production. The exhibition also highlights the impact of production on the island’s environment. To simplify the work, sugar cane fields are often burned before harvest, leaving only thick stems. However, this has a negative impact on the local ecosystem.
All exhibits in L’Aventure du Sucre are detailed in English and French, and you can spend many hours exploring. The entire museum is under a roof, so a visit can be suitable, for example, during rain.
The tour also includes a rum tasting from the New Grove company. This distillery was founded in 1845 and offers basic white rums, aged rums, and rum-based liqueurs. However, compared to the tasting at Rhumerie de Chamarel, this tasting is of a rather weaker level.
More interesting is the tasting of various types of sugars. Central Europeans are most familiar with refined white sugar and cane sugar, so tasting dozens of different types of sugars, which really differ in taste, is interesting. During the self-tasting, you can also taste local jams and honey.
The L’Aventure du Sucre Museum is located in the town of Pamplemousses, not far from another tourist attraction – the oldest botanical garden in the world. You can easily get to Pamplemousses from Port Louis by bus lines 22 and 27. The entrance fee to the museum is 575 MUR, which is approximately 11.60 EUR. And if you get hungry after the tour, try stopping by the small bistro Snack du Coin on your way back for a delicious chicken biryani or haleem soup.
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Accommodation in Mauritius
I wholeheartedly recommend the Seastar Hotel in Flic en Flac, just a short walk from a beautiful beach. The hotel is new, the breakfasts are great, and you almost always have an amazing hot tub on the roof terrace all to yourself! The last time I stayed here was in December 2022 and I will return again.