The Free and Flat land as the Dutch named it, is today an extensively developed village bustling with tourist activity all year round but more especially during summer months. Holidaymakers choosing Flic en Flac, generally stay in the fine hotels in Wolmar or rent self-catering apartments and villas at a few minutes walk to the beach. Restaurants, bars and food trucks add to the effervescence that developed when this place emerged as a popular tourist destination. Numerous operators run daily boat trips and diving tours to view the wrecks awash with an amazing sea life.
Beyond the shorelines
Flic en Flac has lost its character as a fishing village but has kept its charm. Strolling in the old village is both a cultural and an immersion experience. The narrow streets are spotted with shrines. In the small yards, vegetable plots and tropical flowers abound. Straw brooms are being braided as barefoot kids run after bike tyres with sticks to keep them upright. An indian temple hosting religious festivals all year round lies discreetly by the beach offering a serene atmosphere for meditation and reflection. Further up, St Marc Church holds its Sunday mass in creole in a splendid setting overlooking the ocean.
Flic en Flac is also a popular Sunday venue for local people to party and to swim. It can also be very busy on Hindu celebrations like Ganesh Chaturti and Ganga Snan creating a surprising beach scene with ladies draped in sarees swaying in the sweet scent of burning incense sticks and the invigorating sea air.
This coastal village framed by mountains, remains one of the best places on the island to soak up the sun and to catch the spectacular sunset.
31st January 2017
*Ganesh Chaturti is celebrated on the 26th of August and Ganga Snan on 14th of November.
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