Sir Selwyn Selwyn Clarke Market, MahéShop, Market
Those looking for authentic Seychelles flair should pay a visit to the Sir Selwyn Selwyn Clarke market in Victoria. Here, the locals buy their daily goods, including fresh fish, fruit and veg, and spices. Holidaymakers can also find a selection of souvenirs, jewellery, towels, wooden goods, and much more. Saturday is the market's main day, so it's especially worth visiting at the weekend.
Seychelles National Botanical Gardens, MahéBotanical Garden
The 100-year-old Botanical Garden is one of the oldest national sites in the Seychelles, and is home to numerous endemic, exotic plant species. The well-maintained garden also contains different animal species, such as the giant tortoise or the flying fox.
Hindu Temple - Arul Mihu Navasakthi Vinayagar, MahéMonument
The only Hindu temple in the Seychelles is located in Victoria, It was built in 1992, and is named after the God Vinayager, the Hindu God for security and wealth.
Le Jardin Du Roi Spice Garden, MahéHerbal Garden
The Jardin de Roi continues the tradition of the historic spice garden that was located in Anse Royale until the 1700s, when it was destroyed by a fire. For those who love nature, this 25-hectare estate is well-worth a visit, and houses plants such as cinnammon, vanilla, cloves, and nutmeg. Mango and orange trees, as well as other endemic species, can be found here too, along with numerous giant tortoises. The garden's restaurant also serves up Creole dishes to enjoy, with many of the ingredients coming from the garden itself.
Mission Lodge Lookout, MahéMonument, Viewpoint
The Mission Lodge was built in 1875 by the Church, and first served as accommodation for freed slaves. It is rumoured that Queen Elizabeth II herself has enjoyed a cup of tea on the pavillion of the lodge, which itself is one of the most famous viewpoints in the Seychelles. From here, you can see the whole of the south of Mahé, including the ocean and mountains. The lodge also provides plenty of information about the estate that can be read during your stay.
Takamaka Rum Distillery, MahéShop, Rum Distillery, Souvenir Shop
What would the Seychelles be without their famous Takamaka Rum? The distiller offers visitors the chance to see the production of this delicious drink from start to finish, from delivery of the sugar cane to the filling-up of the old wooden barrels. In the small shop, you can also try out the rum, and buy a variety of different types, as well as a few other souvenirs. In the distillery's restaurant, La Pleine St. André, visitors can enjoy various Creole dishes in a traditional atmopshere.
Victoria Clocktower, MahéMonument
The Clock Tower in Victoria has been a major landmark at the heart of the Seychelles' capital ever since it was erected in 1903 in memory of Queen Victoria of Great Britain. The clock itself is based on a similar structure, the so-called 'Little Ben' clocktower near to Victoria Station in London.
Seychelles Natural History Museum, MahéMuseum
The Seychelles Natural History Museum educates its visitors about the flora, fauna, and history of the Seychelles. Additionally, it takes a look at nature concerns and conservation.
Tea Factory, MahéTea Factory
Since 1962, the tea factory has produced tea on Morne Blanc. From here, you'll enjoy a wonderful panoramic view of the western hillsides of Mahé, which you can enjoy from the terraces while sitting amidst tea plants.
Yellow Gallery & Sculpture Studio - Antonio Filipp, MahéArt Gallery
Sculptor Antonio Filippin's Yellow Gallery and Sculpture Studio showcases his complex wood and coral carvings. His goal is to express the harmony of life in his work, and to make it accessible to the public.
Carrefour des Arts, MahéArt Gallery
The Carrefour des Arts is situated at the centre of Victoria, and is home to paintings and other works of art, inspired by different styles and eras, and which display the traditions surrounding the Seychelles. Next door lies a café, as well as a shop selling music recorded by native Seychellois musicians.
Stained Glass, Mahé
Here, artists Sharon and Les Masterons create wonderful handmade sculptures from small pieces of glass, inspired by the nature of the Seychelles.
Colbert Nourrice Studio, MahéArt Gallery
Colbert Nourrice is an aspiring young artist who uses the human life-cycle as inspiration for his work. His symbolic paintings have been well-received among the Seychellois, as well as international artists. Nourrice has developed a narrative style for his paintings that is similar to Egyptian hieroglyphics.
Seychelles National Archives, MahéMuseum
The Seychelles National Archives contain information about the history of the Seychelles, dating back even to the first human settlers to arrive in the country.
Port Launay/ Baie Ternay Marine National Park, MahéNature Reserve
This park is famous for its whale shark population, who swim slowly in the ocean, feeding on plankton. There are also sections of reef that are ideal for snorkelling, as well as picturesque beaches where you can relax in beautiful surroundings.
Kreolfleurage Parfums, MahéPerfume Manufacturer
This laboratory creates scents based on regional and international essential oils. The unique fragrances have been created here at North East Point since 1988, and have since become a popular tourist attraction.
Creole Institute, MahéMonument
The Creole Institute was built in 1920 by a German architect and a French plantation owner who had the aim of bringing Creole culture and tradition to the people. Nowadays, the colonial-style house hosts balls, dances, concerts, and cultural events such as exhibitions or workshops.
Kot Man-Ya Exotic Garden, MahéBotanical Garden
In this exotic flower garden, you can experience another unique side of the Seychelles. The site was opened in 2008, and is now home to over 200 kinds of tropical plants and orchids, as well as a number of animal species, such as giant tortoises, sunbirds, and guinea pigs. Groups of visitors are advised to make a reservation in advance.
George Camille Art Gallery, MahéArt Gallery
The wooden Kaz Zanana house, built in a Creole style, offers a wonderful veranda, café, and exhibition by well-known artist George Camille, whose works have been traded internationally since 1983. Through his art, Camille tries to depict the vibrancy and spirit of the Creole population.
SENPA - Esplanade Craft Kiosks, MahéShop, Souvenir Shop
SENPA is an organisation that supports and markets small and medium-sizes companies and artists in the Seychelles. In the small wooden house at the centre of Victoria, you can find a variety of accessories, clothes, postcards, and much more, making it well-worth a trip!
Bel Air Cemetery, MahéMonument
The Bel Air Cemetery was built near the end of the 18th century as the French colonial period in the Seychelles' history drew to a close, making this one of the oldest sites in the Seychelles. The mystical graves, shrines, and vaults betray the islands' long history. Some of the graves are also famous, adding to the wonder of the location.
Bicentennial Monument, MahéMonument
The Bicentennial Monument, with its three pairs of extended white winds, was erected in 1978 to celebrate the 200th birthday of the city of Victoria. The monument can be found between 5th June Avenue and Liberation Avenue. The three pairs of wings symbolise the mixture of ethnic groups living in the Seychelles: a vibrant mix of Africans, Europeans, and Asians. The wings also represent the creatures who first discovered the Seychelles: birds.
Cathedral of our lady of immaculate conception, MahéMonument
The Catholic cathedral was one of the first churches to be built in the Seychelles, before being completely refurbished between 1992 and 1995. Alongside the church's heavenly atmosphere, visitors can also find a memorial plate for the Seychelles' only bishop, Felix Paul, who was laid to rest here.
Kenwyn House, MahéMonument, Shop, Art Gallery
Kenwyn House is a flagship of French colonial architecture, and is worth a visit thanks to its historical importance and on-site shop, where you can purchase African diamonds and other valuables for relatively low prices. You can also visit exhibitions of native artistic talents in the Kenwyn House Gallery.
St. Pauls Cathedral, MahéMonument
St. Paul's Cathedral is a famous landmark in Victoria. In 2001, the Cathedral was completely renovated in order to increase its capacity, and to reduce the cost of its constant pricey maintenance.
Domaine de Val de Près, MahéMuseum
In this small Creole settlement, visitors can discover the history of the Seychelles and live alongside locals as they go about their daily lives. The architecture also reflects Seychelles tradition here, with plantation houses from the 1870s or a typical worker's house from the 20th century. Besides that, at the edge of the village lies the Maison de Coco, a house constructred entirely of coconut products, where you can buy small gifts and souvenirs.
Adelaide Studio, MahéArt Gallery
Artist Donald Adelaide, who hails from Mahé itself, uses the wonderful views of the ocean from Baie Lazare as inspiration for his work. You can purchase originals and prints of his work at his studio.
Liberation Monument (Zonm Lib), MahéMonument
The Seychelles Liberation Monument represents the end of colonialism in the Seychelles. The archipelago officially gained its independence on 5th June 1977, which has been a national holiday ever since. You can find the monument on the aptly-named 5th June Avenue in Victoria.
Andrew Gee Artist & Designer, MahéArt Gallery
British artist Andrew Gee moved to the Seychelles in 1933 to teach at the art school on Mahé. His talents lie in watercolour painting, especially landscapes, the beautiful beaches on the Seychelles, or the exotic underwater scenery of the archipelago. You can buy his nature-realism works at his studio in Baie Lazare, along with a selection of other works of art and textiles.
Tom Bower's Sculpures Studio, MahéArt Gallery
Artist Tom Bower displays high-quality, limited-edition bronze sculptures here, full of beauty and joy. His works can also be purchased on-site.
Sunstroke, MahéArt Gallery
Artist George Camille has been putting his works on display here since 1983. He uses an array of different techniques in his work, producing etchings, watercolours, sketches, pastels, and silk paintings, to name but a few.
Studio Gallery Baie Lazare, MahéArt Gallery
Gerard Devoud's paintings exhibit typical elements of the Seychelles, such as the brilliant reds, greens, and yellows of the landscapes, or watercolour motifs of the islands.
Roche Caiman Nature Reserve, MahéNature Reserve
The Roche Caiman Sanctuary is an artificially-created wetland, situated between the Roche Caiman Housing Estate and the National Sports Complex. The wetland is home to a number of different bird species, including the Greenshank, and a variety of other wildlife.
Jude Barallon Art Studio, MahéArt Gallery
This art studio is owned by painter and designed Jude Barallon, who produces signs, flags, logos, and hand-painted t-shirts, many of which can also be purchased on-site.
Egbert Marday, MahéArt Gallery
Artist Egber Marday uses a variety of different materials and techniques, such as oil, wood, and acrylic, and he displays some of his most beautiful works in his studio on Mahé.