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Victoria

Capital of the Seychelles

Travel Tips

Best Time to Visit

Best visited in April, May, October, and November for pleasant weather. 1

October is a great month to visit for sunshine before it gets too rainy. 2

Year-round destination, with April to November being the ideal months to visit. 3

Activities and Exploration

Explore Pink Sand Beach and Mahe for natural beauty. 4

Don't miss fishing on Alphonse Island, scuba diving at Marianne Rock, and taking a helicopter ride for a bird’s-eye view. 5

Opt for bicycle tours to explore the islands affordably and enjoy the natural beauty. 6

Accommodation and Stays

Explore the resorts on Mahé Island and Desroches Island for breathtaking stays. 7

Opt for guesthouses or villas for affordable stays and explore local markets for meals. 8

Travel and Visa Information

Visa on Arrival available. 9

Applicants must provide a valid passport, proof of income, and a valid medical and travel insurance policy. 10

Introduction

Historical Background

  • 📜 French Settlement: Originally settled by French colonists in 1778.
  • 👑 British Renaming: Renamed Victoria in 1841 by the British after Queen Victoria.
  • 🏛️ Colonial Seat: Served as the seat of the British colonial government.
  • 📅 Bicentennial Monument: Built in 1978 to commemorate the 200th anniversary of Victoria.

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Key Attractions

  • 🕰️ Victoria Clock Tower: A replica of the clock tower at Vauxhall Bridge in London.
  • 🌿 Botanical Gardens: Home to around 500 plant species, including the famous Coco de Mer palm tree.
  • 🏛️ National Museum of History: Exhibits prehistoric maps, old firearms, and other historical artifacts.
  • 🛍️ Sir Selwyn Selwyn Clarke Market: A bustling market with fruits, vegetables, spices, and artisanal works.
  • 🏛️ Kenwyn House: A beautiful example of French colonial architecture, now housing an art gallery and souvenir shop.

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Places of Worship

  • ⛪ Immaculate Conception Cathedral: The largest Catholic church in Seychelles, built in 1892.
  • ⛪ St. Paul's Cathedral: The oldest and largest Anglican church in Seychelles, consecrated in 1859.
  • 🕌 Arulmigu Navasakti Vinayagar Temple: A colorful Hindu temple built in 1992.
  • 🕌 Mosque: A small mosque with a gilded dome, reflecting the religious diversity of Victoria.

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Climate

  • 🌡️ Tropical Rainforest Climate: High temperatures throughout the year.
  • 🌧️ Rainfall: Wettest months are December through February, driest are June and July.
  • ☀️ Sunshine: Skies are usually clear to partly clear, even during the rainiest months.
  • 📊 Annual Rainfall: Averages about 2,300 millimetres or 91 inches of rainfall annually.

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Economy

  • 🏖️ Tourism: A crucial sector of the economy.
  • 🌴 Exports: Includes vanilla, coconuts, coconut oil, fish, and guano.
  • 🚢 Port Victoria: The main trading port for the country, welcoming cruise ships, large freighters, and tankers.

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Education

  • 🏫 University of Seychelles: The Mont Fleuri campus is located in Victoria.
  • 📚 National Library: Offers extensive resources on the history, geography, culture, and literature of Seychelles.

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Transport

  • ✈️ Seychelles International Airport: Completed in 1971, serving Victoria.
  • 🚢 Port Victoria: A significant port for tuna fishing and canning.
  • 🌉 Infrastructure: One of the largest bridges in Victoria was destroyed by tsunami waves from the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake.

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