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What To See On Your Holidays In Mayotte

May 14, 2008
Mayotte is an overseas land of France consisting of two islands. Grande Terre which is the major island and Petite-Terre which is a smaller island. Mayotte was the only group of islands that was chosen to be a part of the French territory in 1974 rather than being an independent nation. Mayotte is an archipelago which also consists of a large number of small islands apart from these two islands and is divided into 19 canyons. Mayotte was under the observance of Portuguese but it was not their colony.

Mayotte is situated in the Indian Ocean at the end of the Mozambique Channel. The large island of Grande Terre is 39 kilometres in length and 22 kilometres in width. Mayotte was captured by Andriantosoly, it was then under the rule of Mhawli and then under several other colonial rulers, but it was able to successfully attain its independence in 1836. Euro is the currency of this arphicaelago and the main language spoken is French which is widely used in all the administrative work, taught in schools and is also widely incorporated in television programmes.

This group of islands has been able to develop unlike other French Comoro islands because of huge French aid which has helped it to get ahead in spite of its incomplete natural resources. Mayotte has a tropical climate with warm and humid environment, it is an ideal sun holiday destination. The terrain of Mayotte is speckled with profound caverns and volcanoes.

This island has a well-endowed population with more than 90% of them comprising of Comoros with Arab, Bantu and Malagasy tribes and Christians and Sunni Muslims occupying a considerably small percentage of this population. It has established a French base, therefore the responsibility of defence of Mayotte from foreign attack and any other local unrest lies with French government. It also celebrates the famous Bastille Day of France which falls on 14 July. Mayotte boasts a rich cultural heritage containing Arabic tales of escaped princesses, astrologers and the sultans and the modern French elegance.

The most attractive tourist spots of Mayotte are the Arab water and the Mt. Nitingui. The Arab water is a sacred water front which is visited by masses of religious tourists every year. You can get a rare glimpse of all the islands of Mayotte from the peak of Mount Nitingui which is mountain standing at 5231 feet. You can not get a flight direct to this Island, however you can reach the Grand Comoro Island via plane and then you can board an inter island flight to reach Mayotte.

Inter-island flights can be quite expensive, to avoid this you could opt to travel via a cargo boat. As for accommodation there are some beautiful holiday cottages and self catering apartments available to rent direct from the holiday home owners.

You can indulge yourself in a paradisical experience with grand casinos, swimming pools, dining rooms and also the most elite and unimaginable private beaches in Mayotte. You can also gorge and satisfy your appetite with an unending array of delectable European dishes at exquisite European restaurants in Mayotte.
About the Author
Andrew Gibson is MD of Direct Holiday Bookings. It has holiday villas, ski chalets and self catering holiday apartments to rent on line as a holiday home rental. To see an example of holiday accommodation have a look at Holiday Accommodation
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