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Nestled in the west part of Mauritius, Albion is known as the quietest little village of the island and it is home to the famous lighthouse of Pointe aux Caves, as well known to be a fishing hotspot and a remote beach destination.
Albion, as the name suggests, has been taken from Great Britain (blonde Albion) because of the disrupted relief that is reminiscent of the cliffs of Dover in England. It is also a spot of predilection for nature and sports lovers. Albion is such a spot that blends a whole gamut of scenery resplendent with sand, sun, sea and craggy coastline.
Albion is not only about its lighthouse but also about other elements that add on to its uniqueness. The surroundings are bordered by wild cliffs that serve as crying shoulders to the crashing waves from the nearby rough seas and the view from the cliffs is mesmerizing although you might get splashed by the waves. Making your way down the cliffs, you will also be directed to secret caves inhabited by birds and bats.
Albion is located on the West Coast of Mauritius in the district of Black River and is halfway between Port Louis and Flic en Flac.
Albion is situated about 15 km south of Port Louis, the Capital of Mauritius and the drive takes about 25 mins while the drive to the airport takes about 1 hour.
Climate in Albion
Albion has a hot tropical climate with only a small variation in temperature annually, typically there are both wet and dry seasons, however even during the wet season, showers often arrive in the form of short and heavy downpours usually separated by extended periods of sunshine.
The very best time to visit is between October and December when it's usually quite hot with low rainfall.
The coolest month of the year is July with an average daily maximum of 25°C and an average low of 20°C
Hotels in Albion
There’s a 5 star hotel as well as guesthouses, private apartments and villas in Albion.
The most renown and popular hotel in the region is:
Club Med Albion
Set along one of the wildest beaches of the island, La Plantation d'Albion is perched on the sandy shores of the west coast of Mauritius where the rich coral sea meets 21 hectares of lush garden. The all-inclusive resort offers guests an authentic Mauritian holiday with attentive service.
The beach of Albion is located 10 km north of Flic en Flac and stretches along a small and quiet white sandy bay and is surrounded by Casuarina trees and a blue lagoon.
Not far from Albion and a short drive, you can visit some famous beaches such as:
- Flic en Flac
- Pointe aux Sable
Places of Interest in Albion
The Lighthouse of Pointe aux Caves is an emblem for that region.The lighthouse began construction in 1909 and was finally inaugurated in 1910. The structure rises up to 30 Meters high and offers an excellent view over the region. Visits to the lighthouse will require an authorisation letter which can be obtained by requesting with the Mauritius Ports Authority, since the latter is responsible for the site.
Other places to visit nearby Albion :
- Tamarin salt fields
- La Ferme Reservoir
- Casela Nature Park
- Cascavelle Shopping Village