capital city of the Seychelles
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Victoria is the capital of the Seychelles islands, located on the island of Mahe.

Victoria's centrally located clock tower

UnderstandEdit

Victoria is one of the smallest capital cities in the world and the only major port in the Seychelles. Its courthouse and post office in the centre of town have been virtually unchanged since colonial times.

 
Victoria's port

Get inEdit

By planeEdit

  • 1 Seychelles International Airport (SEZ IATA). This is the hub for Air Seychelles. Air Seychelles flies to Bangkok, London, Paris, Frankfurt, Johannesburg, Rome, Milan and Port Louis using Boeing 767s and Airbus A330 aircraft. International service is also available from Nairobi (Kenya Airways), Dubai (Emirates), Abu Dhabi (Etihad Airways), La Réunion (Air Austral) and Doha (Qatar Airways), along with regular charter services from Frankfurt (Condor) and Amsterdam (Martinair).    

Get aroundEdit

By busEdit

These buses cater to the locals and are fairly cheap. Buses are sometimes irregular and may come to a stop less often than in other cities, so don't be surprised to wait for a while.

By taxisEdit

The taxis are metered and will often offer to be your tour guide around the Island. Negotiate a price beforehand.

By bikeEdit

The most popular alternative among locals. Bikes can be rented for cheap at some shops in the city.

SeeEdit

 
Tamil Vinayakar Kovil
  • 1 Natural History Museum, Independence Ave, +248 4 32 13 33, . The museum features many displays of the natural wildlife of the Seychelles.    
  • 2 Immaculate Conception Cathedral (Cathedral of Victoria), Olivier Maradan St. The largest Catholic Church in the country, built in 1892 in the French colonial architectural style.    
  • Arul Mihu Navasakthi Vinayagar Temple (Tamil Vinayakar Kovil) (near the fish market and clock tower). The main place of worship for Seychelle's second largest religious community, the colourfully decorated Hindu temple is one of the architectural drawcards to Victoria.

Attractions in the city include a clocktower modelled on that of Vauxhall Clock Tower in London, England, the Courthouse, the Victoria Botanical Gardens and the Sir Selwyn Selwyn-Clarke Market. The city is also home to the national stadium and a polytechnic institute, while the inner harbour lies immediately east of the town, around which tuna fishing and canning form a major local industry. One of the largest bridges in Victoria was destroyed in the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake.

DoEdit

  • Visit the morning market where residents buy and bargain for fresh fish, fruits and vegetables.

BuyEdit

Coconuts and coconut products are very abundant in Victoria and sell for fairly cheap.

  • Victoria Market.
  • Barcays Bank., Independence ave.. master card / visa card ATM
  • STC Supermarket, Albert street..

EatEdit

  • Islander Restaurant/Anchor Café is Anse a’ La Mouche. Owned by an American, and his family. He is former USAF who worked in Seychelles . Excellent food, great location. (closed on Sundays)
  • Marie Antoinette in St. Louis . Family style, you eat what they give you, generally it is about 5 different items. If you go with two people, order for one, if you have three, order for two and if you have five order for three. They give you A LOT of food, genuine Creole. Mon-Sat 1830-2100.
  • Boat House in Beau Vallon. Creole Buffet, they open at 0730, get there early, once it’s gone, it’s gone.

La Perle Noir (The Black Pearl ) in Beau Vallon. Fancier place and a bit pricier.

DrinkEdit

  • 1 Barrel Night Club, Revolution Ave, +248 4 322 136. Longstanding bar and nightclub that is a hip spot for reggae and discotheque jams. Billiard tables also.
  • 2 Boardwalk Bar & Grill. M-Th 08:00-midnight, later on Fridays. This is where you can have your pilsner or Captain Morgan rum on the dock overlooking the water.

SleepEdit

BudgetEdit

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SplurgeEdit

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