The Seychelles are a breath-taking sight for any traveller, a series of 115 islands scattered across the beautiful expanse of the Indian Ocean, blessed with some of the most stunning natural scenery to be found anywhere on the planet. In the midst of this huge network of islands and atolls, Victoria, the smallest capital city in the world, is the vibrant hub of the Seychelles’ culture and finance.
As well as truly awe-inspiring beaches- white stretches of sand that are scattered upon the shorelines of the islands in abundance- and a lush landscape of palm trees, turquoise lagoons and brightly coloured rock formations, there is also an undersea paradise to be found amongst the islands. Without question, Victoria is a brilliant hub for diving and water sports.
Multi-coloured coral reefs are populated by sea creatures of all shapes and shades, with azure waters stretching far into the horizon on the surface. With a township filled with modern developments and friendly locals to encounter, cruisers are sure to enjoy the natural grandeur the Seychelles are famous for in style if they make Victoria a port of call.
Sightseeing in Victoria
The Botanical Garden of Victoria
This stunning collection of flora was first established in 1901, by Mr. Paul R. Dupont. Agricultural development has always been a vital part of the Seychelles culture, and the Botanical Gardens are the epitome of this ideal. A stunning collection of the most valuable tropical crops such as towering fruit trees, timber trees, spice plants, palm trees all grown abundantly within this wonderful heritage site, and from tis pristine pathways you can often see streams and countless exotic birds. Those looking for a fascinating guided tour can easily find them provided by private companies at the entrance of the Botanical Gardens.
The National History Museum of Seychelles
This intriguing museum was established in 1964, and is a quaint, charming alternative to the pomp and bluster of plenty of national history exhibitions. There are fascinating cultural objects and historical pieces to be found her, including the Stone of Possession. Two hundred and fifty four years old, this masonry block is the oldest object in the museum, and is symbolic of the colonial tumult that has defined much of the Seychelles’ history. Statuettes, military weapons, and cartography of the islands are all highlights of this fascinating exhibit.
Sir Selwyn Clarke Marketplace
For an authentic taste of Seychelles culture, make sure to take a trip to this thrilling marketplace. Local fishermen, farmers and craftsmen populate the market from dawn to dusk, selling their unique wares for unbelievably attractive prices. The market is one of the finest places in the Seychelles in which to experience the excitement and vibrancy of the local community, and, of course, seek out some rare souvenirs.
Shopping in Victoria
For handcrafted, unique items that you will have no chance of finding anywhere else, head to the Anse aux Pins and Antik Colony stores. Both of these stores specialise in selling the work of local artists, as well as certain specialities. In Anse Aux Pins for example, tourists are likely to find a wealth of delights such as coconut oil-scented bath soaps, and rich silks.
Eating out in Victoria
An utterly beguiling place to enjoy international cuisine is the Kaz Zanana, also known as Pink Salt. Set in a charming, restored creole townhouse, the intimate setting combined with tantalising seafood, rich desserts and delicious cocktails make for a supreme dining experience.