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Sun and heat all year round, Creole delicacies, perfectly intact coral reefs, best beaches in the world, Seychelles transport you to an idyllic world that will make you forget the daily stress. Lying on the sand in the shade of coconut palms, you can admire the crystal clear water and enjoy absolute relaxation. Fly to Seychelles and enjoy and unparalleled experience.

Victoria

Seychelles capital account less than 25 000 inhabitants. Its mixed population, younger than the other islands, gathers around Independence Avenue and Albert Street.

This historic, commercial and administrative center where departments, the court and other buildings can be found, bears the imprint of the English and French colonization. The styles of the nineteenth century are biased to the colonnaded facades, domes and other flirtations. Symbol of that time, the Clock Tower reproduced in miniature the Big Ben of London.

The atmosphere of the indoor market in Sir Selwyn-Clark (1840) better reflects the Creole lifestyle. Under its arcades, merchants and shoppers remake the world and reputations. It is alert, cheerful and eager that you will enjoy this spot that provides delicacies and spices. Do not miss seeing the nearby Hindu temple honoring Ganesh and the cathedral where flock the faithful for celebrations.

On Francis Rachel Street, the National History Museum offers a collection of works of craftsmen, objects that belonged to the founding of the colony. Further south, the botanical garden of Paul Dupont has 200 species of flowers and an amazing collection of endemic palms.

The coastline is hardly disturbed by the presence of the city. It faces the National Park of St. Anne. Aside inland you will find the residential area of ​​Bel Air towards the Morne Seychellois National Park and its colonial cemetery overlooking the city. It is accessed by the road Sans Souci, an evocation of the more relaxed lifestyle.

Plane

From Paris, Air Seychelles, Etihad Airways and other airlines serve Mahé and Praslin. Rates vary significantly depending on the tourist seasons.

Inter-island flights are operated by Air Seychelles and Etihad Airways from Mahé airport. You can connect two islands without passing through Mahé. Daily flights to Praslin (15 minutes – from 20 to 30 flights per day), and variable frequencies depending on the season to Bird, Denis, Desroches and Alphonse.

The Mahé airport is located fifteen kilometers from Victoria. Connections by taxi or shuttle are readily available. A free shuttle is available for travelers who join the ferry to Praslin (reservation required – 2-3 day).

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Boat

The islands of Mahé, Praslin, Fregate and La Digue are connected by ferries. The trip varies from 30 minutes to 2 hours depending on the destination. From June to September, the sea is particularly rough and providers may be forced to cancel schedules.

Bus

The company Seychelles Public Transport Corporation (SPTC) covers many routes on Mahe and Praslin islands. The service is reliable and offers comfortable buses.

Car Rental

A national license is sufficient but one must be over 22 years and have a credit card for booking and driving. Rental companies only offer insurance to third parties, which calls for particular caution. You can request that the contract is written in French or English. Read the terms carefully and locate disclaimers.

Service stations are spread over both islands – Mahe and Praslin and are open from 7 to 19 as a rule. Only Mahé and Praslin have a road network that is well maintained. Former Commonwealth countries, in Seychelles you drive on the left (priority right). The roads are quite narrow and winding. The speed limit is 65 km / h on the road and 40 km / h in town. At night you need to be even more cautious than the day, you have to be extremely attentive to pedestrians, bicycles and carts…

What you can drink on the island?

In the vast majority of towns and cities, tap water is drinkable. However, uneven rainfall and failing networks can cause problem. So it is better to consume bottled mineral water. You should not refuse though a fresh exotic fruit juice in places where hygiene is respected or refreshing green coconut water. Fresh lemongrass is particularly tasty.

The tea smallholder on Mahé is not enough to cover all the needs of the Seychellois. Make sure that the tea you consume comes from this region because it can be an imported tea. Local teas are also flavored (mint, cinnamon, vanilla).

The local beer is a must. Seychelles brewery produces two brands: Seybrew and Eku. The kalou (fermented coconut sap) is prohibited for sale in the shop. Among the spirits, you can test the Coco d’Amour, a liqueur with coconut milk. Palm wine, or toddy is also a product from the same family.

Must eat in the Seychelles

The Seychellois Cuisine had long been enlivened by the likes of curries from India, highly spiced and smoothed with coconut cream; Chinese stir-fries and grilled or steamed fish; and aromatic blends of garlic, ginger and herbs from La Belle France.

Added to the abundant seafood of the Indian Ocean, and a cornucopia of tropical fruits and vegetables, Creole cuisine is fusion without the fuss – simply gorgeous fresh produce, cooked in a myriad mouth-watering ways.

Seafood and many fish species (trevally, barracuda, vielle, bourgeois) used in the preparation of the most common dishes like Carry koko. On family tables, the kat kat comes prominently mixing tuna, banana and coconut milk followed by curry zourite, a bouillabaisse of spicy octopus. The pepper sauce – commonly named chatini – is usually presented separately preserving delicate palates. Various salad mixes local products, do not miss tasting the palm heart salad called salad billionaire. The green fruits are eaten as vegetables, ripe they are served in salads or crushed and embellished with spices. Looking out to taste something new? The bat curry, great bat-based specialty, is served with a mazavarou – highly spicy preparation consisting of garlic, red pepper, ginger. Why not try that?

Try the donuts (pumpkin and vanilla syrup, bananas) or cassava cake (pudding) cooked with grated coconut, sweet potato and red fruits and mountain honey. Bananas and mangoes have a significantly different tastes from their cousins ​​sold in Europe.

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ReunionAlready booked your flight to the Seychelles or you are planning to visit the Seychelles? Here is everything you need to know about the Seychelles. Learn more about the climate, currency, food and culture choosing a hotel, renting a car, the top places to visit, which islands to see and the best beaches to enjoy!

Culture

Visiting the Seychelles is an authentic experience. An archipelago of 115 islands scattered, like gems, over the Indian Ocean- you will find no better place for holidays. With a lively culture, the Seychellois’ are famed for their warm welcome. Upon arrival, you might get stunned by the relaxed atmosphere. You will, without any doubt, get comfortable with this pace of island life.

Seychelles is a mixture of different cultures and there is no main religion on the island. The Seychellois culture is fed by the diversity of its population. African, Muslim, Tamil, Chinese, French and British all live peacefully despite their different origins.

Food

Ocean derived foods play a prominent role in the Seychellois cuisine. While the country’s cuisine was largely affluence by European (British and French) cuisine, it is still a quite spicy combination. Fruits such as papaya, coconut and golden apple are also used to prepare the Seychellois curry. Restaurants in the Seychelles offer quite an assortment of dishes from Chinese to international as well as local creole cuisine. If you really want to taste the original creole cuisine, we recommend the “fish curry” (Carry Poisson) or the “salted fish rougay”(Rougay Poisson Salé) at the restaurant.

Climate

Seychelles is a year round destination for holidays. The country has only two season, summer and winter. Summer is between the months of October and April when the South East Trade Wind brings warm weather. The remaining six month are a little bit cooler. But due to its geographic position above the Tropic of Capricorn, the sun shines throughout the year. The Seychelles archipelago also lies outside the cyclone belt making the islands safe and secure from tropical storms.

The main islands of the Seychelles

Mahé

The main island of Mahé is at the same time the gateway to the country with the international airport and the administrative centre hosting the nation’s capital Victoria. The island was named after Mahé de Labourdonnais, an important French naval officer and administrator during the island’s early days.

The island measures 28km long and is 8km wide. It is home to about 78,000 people which represents about 90% of the nation’s total population. The main revenue of the island is from tourism and though the island has evolved consequently over the past years, the island has well kept its pristine fauna and flora. There are also many endemic animal and plant species that live on Mahé.

Mahé is probably the liveliest of all the Seychelles islands. There is not less than 50 breath-taking beaches on Mahé itself and  everywhere you will find operators which offer excursions within the island but also to the neighbouring islets. You can also rent a car to discover the island at your own pace. Mahé is the best place to start your visit of the Seychelles!

Praslin

The island of Praslin is the second largest island of the Seychelles measuring 10km by 3.7 km. Located on the northern part of the archipelago, the island has a population of about 6,500 inhabitants. Its proximity in relation to Mahé is very convenient and easy for visitors.

Even if Mahé is considered to be the most complete island of the Seychelles, Praslin has got enough charm on its own to satisfy those who want to have a preview of heaven. Praslin is somewhat different to Mahé, less crowded, most of its beaches are deserted. It is ridiculously easy to find an isolated beach on the island, you just have to drive or walk, beaches are everywhere along the coastal road.

In fact, Praslin is a very natural island blessed with lush vegetation. The islands is home to a UNESCO World Heritage Site; Vallée de Mai Nature Reserve (Mai Valley). Located at the heart of the island, the park is a natural heritage where primeval palm forest still live in a near-natural state. The island has a small airport which helps to bridge Mahé and the northern islands surrounding Praslin.

La Digue

La Digue is a small Seychellois island regrouping a population of around 2,000 people. The island lies to the east of Praslin and there is no airport on La Digue. To go there, you have to reach Victoria (Mahé), travel by ferry to Praslin and then take another ferry to reach the island. But don’t worry, all these travelling is definitely worth it, once you reach the island.

La Digue is another world, peaceful, relaxed and uncrowded, the island is renowned for its natural state and raw beauty. The island has an area of 10km² and there you won’t find any cars, old ox carts or bicycles are used to travel within the island!

Despite being small, the island of La Digue has the most beautiful beaches of Seychelles and probably the world too. Yes, according to CNN, two of LaDigue’s beaches (Grand Anse and Anse Source d’Argent) ranked in the top 5 in the world’s 100 best beaches! La Digue is definitely a place not to miss when visiting the Seychelles!

Choosing a Hotel

With so many islands and places to visit, it can become quite a task to choose a hotel for your holidays in Seychelles! As we saw earlier, Mahé could be a great place to start your visit to the Seychelles as it links easily to the various surrounding islands. There are numerous hotels on Mahé, from affordable to world class hotels. ExclusivelySeychelles is a website providing the best deals in terms of accommodation in the Seychelles. You can choose from their vast selection of hotels across Mahé, Praslin and other surrounding islands.

Another good idea would be to find a hotel and stay on Praslin. This can be interesting because of the island’s ideal geographical location. You will be closer to the small pristine northern islands and at the same time close to Mahé and La Digue. While there can be many hotels on Praslin, one of them is beautifully located in the Curieuse Island Marine Park, the Domaine de la Réserve Hotel. It has a wonderful setting at the Anse Petite Cour private beach and is the most renowned hotel of Praslin.

If you really want to enjoy relaxing holidays in the Seychelles or you are here for honeymoon, the best choice would be to stay on La Digue Island. The island has its own hotel-island lodge-lying in a picturesque beach surrounded by granitic elevation. The hotel is surrounded by tropical garden of coconut and Takamaka trees, there is no better place for honeymoon than LaDigue.

Enjoy your holidays in the Seychelles!