Victoria - A beautiful capital island surrounded by the azure Indian Ocean
Location: One of the 155 islands of an archipelago south-east of mainland Africa
Also known as Port Victoria, this capital city of Seychelles is located in the north-east side of the archipelago’s main island of Mahé. Originally settled in the 16th century by French colonizers, it eventually became the seat of the British colonial government until 1977. This area is known for its beautiful scenery: azure waters, granite peaks, and gorgeous corals. The Seychelles International Airport is located on the outskirts of the city.
Business: The center of business and finance
As the country’s capital, Victoria has always been the center of business and finance in the Seychelles. It is also the main commercial hub, and home to one third of the country’s population. Its main industry is export—coconuts, coconut oil, soap, guano, tuna, and vanilla being the main products.
Culture: A Melting Pot of Cultures
With French and British cultures being only two of the many others that have influenced Victoria, this city is full of interesting sites to see. One of them is the Clock Tower, modeled after London’s Vauxhall Clock Tower or “Big Ben.” Another is the Victoria Botanical Gardens. It houses five hundred species of exotic indigenous plants as well as fifteen acres of land inhabited by fruit bats, birds, and giant tortoises. If you’re into flora, fauna, and geography, the Victoria Natural History Museum has all the information you need about the region. Finally, there is the Sir Selwyn Selwyn-Clarke Market. Built in 1840, it used to be the square where fishermen peddled their catch. Now, it is a colorful market, selling a variety of things from fish, fruit, local food, crafts, and sarongs. It is best to go on Saturdays, when the market is in full swing.
Activities: Outdoor Activities galore
If you’re into outdoor activities, it is worth to visit Mahé’s highest point, the Morne Seychellois. The island also offers other sports, such as diving and snorkeling with whale sharks, sand-and-beach sports, and golf on the grounds of an old coconut plantation. Beau Vallon Beach surely is the island’s most famous beach, and one of the most photographed points in all of the Seychelles.