Seychelles is a paradise of sorts. With 100 plus islands and 90,000 people, the Seychelles archipelago has only had permanent residents for 235 years. This explains why its natural flora and fauna has survived for ages. Seychelles positions itself as the premier holiday destination for the affluent and discerning visitor, parading a wide array of resorts, beaches and parks. Having played host to thousands of tourists from all over the world, everyone indeed has a story to tell. And tell they will. Here are 5 of the most talked about places in Seychelles from first-hand accounts of tourists who have visited the stunning archipelago.
Valle de Mai Nature Reserve
The Vallee de Mai is such a beautiful reserve to visit. Nice hiking trail with hilly terrain, so get ready for lots of climbing. Go with an umbrella, especially for the kids, in case it rains. A heavy monsoon rain could drench you and add some magic to the whole experience. The reserve is a special UNESCO World Heritage site and home to the black parrot. If you arrive before 9am, you will enjoy the benefit of a free guide. Exploring without one could be boring and uninteresting; so get one to learn a lot and maximize your experience.
Spiagge di Anse Marron
What a spectacular piece of paradise it is! You begin with a long and intense hike, made easier with the help of a guide, and you get rewarded with the most perfect beach you can ever experience anywhere. You can’t afford to forget your camera on this trip. The sight is immaculately beautiful, a great opportunity to capture shots and memories of a lifetime. Let down your hair and relax in the swimming area protected from the turf. The Anse Marron is arguably the crown of Seychelles.
A beautiful and imposing landmark standing in the middle of Victoria City, situated in Mahe Island, the capital of Seychelles. To some, it’s no big deal but to many it is a great reference point when asking for directions, especially solo travellers. The clock tower origins can be traced to the early 1900s when it was built as a copy of the clock tower in front of Victoria Station, London. A well maintained clock, tourists can easily access the Victoria Market and the Hindu temple from there.
Looking for anything to buy from t-shirts and fresh veggies to fruits and oil? Victoria Market is the way to go. It’s a colourful market set within the heart of the city. There’s lot to see, hear, buy and experience. The fishes, in their variety of colours, are fascinating to see, especially if you are with kids. A little warning: the odour of the fish market is pretty heavy. It’s nothing serious though and the best time to visit is in the morning.”
Seychelles National Botanical Gardens
With just 100 Seychellois Rupee (or 7 USD), you’ll gain entry into one of Seychelles oldest national monuments. This tropical garden boasts of an amazing collection of trees, palms and flowers – a perfect place to relax and immerse yourself in the serenity of nature’s greens. You’ll also get to see the Coco de Mer, a national fruit, planted by His Royal Highness Prince Phillip in 1956. Check out the population of giant tortoises from Aldabra, some of which are up to 150 years old. Fruit bat colonies are all around the garden; the locals are known to eat them. You might encounter some flies around, so have some repellent handy.
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