City Guide, Seychelles
The Republic of Seychelles comprises 115 islands occupying a land area of 455
km² and an Exclusive Economic Zone of 1.4 km² in the western Indian Ocean. It represents
an archipelago of legendary beauty that extends from between 4 and 10 degrees south
of the equator and which lies between 480km and 1,600km from the east coast of Africa. Of
these 115 islands, 41 constitute the oldest mid-oceanic granite islands on earth
while a further 74 form the low-lying coral atolls and reef islands of the Outer
The granitic islands of the Seychelles archipelago cluster around the main island
of Mahé, home to the international airport and the capital, Victoria, and its satellites
Praslin and La Digue. Together, these Inner Islands form the cultural and economic
hub of the nation and contain the majority of Seychelles’ tourism facilities
as well as its most stunning beaches.
Seychelles, the ultimate holiday destination comprises of 115 islands. These
beautiful islands are positioned in the middle of the Indian Ocean close to Madagascar,
Maldives and Mauritius. It is quite interesting to know that it also features two
UNESCO World Heritage Sites. They are world’s largest Coral atoll Aldabra
and Vallee de Mai on Praslin.
Seychelles is a group of islands surrounded by millions of square Kilometres
of ocean. It is not surprising therefore, that there are several activities involving
the sea. Seychelles has three main nature reserves, two on Praslin and one on Mahe.
On Praslin it is the world renowned and world heritage site the “Valle de
Mai” and fond Ferdinand. On Mahe you will find the Morne Seychellois National
park. This park covers 20% of Mahe Island.
Culture and entertainment
Some of the hotels in the Seychelles have entertainment and evening barbecues.
Late night theatre in French, English, and Creole is also common. A cinema hall
located in Victoria is known for screening the latest international productions.
The hotels also stage live shows however most hotel bars close down early when compared
to international standards.
Many of the larger hotels put on live shows in their bars, whether it's a straightforward
band playing covers or some form of Creole cultural fest, with guests enjoined to
get to their feet and join in towards the end of the show.
Another entrée into local culture is via the islands' locally distilled rum, or
rather more exotic tipples such as Coco d'Amour. Barmen are more than happy to whip
up a cocktail or two employing one or the other or even both these beverages. Hotel
bars tend to close early by international standards, with few serving beyond midnight.
Food and drinks
If you are genuine lover of food then Seychelles is surely the best place to
eat! Seychellois offers fusion cuisine which is the real highlight while your visit
to Seychelles. A few major highlights of Seychellois cuisine are Chinese stir-fries,
grilled or steamed fish, coconut cream and the mind blowing cuisine of La Belle
France which is made up of garlic, ginger and herbs.
One of the most popular local fruit is the Jamalac. It is a soft skinned and
cone shaped fruit and tastes like apple. People also make salad of pineapple and
oranges. In the month of April and May, you can enjoy giant grapefruit. Another
popular dessert of Seychelles is the ox hearts or custard apples.
Mahe is the best island in the Seychelles for shopping as 90% of the Seychelles’s
population is concentrated on this island. Some of the specialty shops on Mahe Island
deal with locally-made products such as tea and perfume. You will find the flavour
and aroma of these products absolutely unique. However, the most well-known specialty
shop in the entire Seychelles is Kenwyn House. This structure has considerable historical
significance besides being a gem house. The Island of Mahe has the best markets
in the Seychelles, such as Sir Selwyn Clarke Market – a lively place where you can
buy fresh vegetables, fruit, spices, and fish. The Sir Selwyn Clarke Market area
also consists of numerous little gift shops.