Week's holiday on Mauritius for 2 people
Where are you?
Turn to page 126 in the July 2010 issue of Cond?ast Traveller to identify the beach and island in the picture. Correct answers will be placed in a random prize-draw, and one reader will win a seven-night holiday for two at Sugar Beach, Mauritius, courtesy of Luxury Holidays Direct. The prize is worth more than £6,000 and includes flights with Air Seychelles and private-car transfers
You are looking at one of the most beautiful beaches on a popular holiday island. But it wasn't always like this: nature was given a helping hand when, in 1973, four million bags of sand were shipped in from an area of the Sahara - once part of the country's imperial past - to create this 1,500-metre golden crescent. The palm trees, however, are home-grown, and provide shade for visitors, who come to snorkel, swim, water ski and boogie board, or simply to picnic with cold beers and goat's cheese sandwiches.
Nearby is a village, founded shortly after Columbus discovered America, which until 1940 was only accessible on foot. Beyond is a rugged mountain range filled with plunging ravines, verdant forests and tiny hamlets (including an ancient community of troglodyte dwellings), as well as legends of pirates and witchcraft. Its dramatic landscape is best explored with a pair of hiking boots; although after a few days of strenuous hillwalking, a cold beer on the beach below may appeal.
Where are you? (Identify the beach and island described above)
Playa de las Teresitas, Tenerife ???