Seychelles

This archipelago of 115 islands is located in the middle of the Indian Ocean, around 10 hours from France by plane. With granitic and coral origins, the Seychelles lends itself to several types of trips.

Its fine sand beaches are scattered with charming and friendly guesthouses, hotels nestled under coconut palms and faultlessly comfortable villas made from natural materials.

A stay on the Seychelles archipelago guarantees mind-blowing natural surroundings, perfect for the pleasures of hiking and boating activities.

A wide range of activities are practiced in the Seychelles, from golf to big game fishing, via snorkelling and scuba diving. On its land mass of 455km² and all along its marine territory covering over 1 million km², the Seychelles archipelago has many different faces, which can be explored on a tour, in gyroplane or on a cruise.

With 88,000 inhabitants, the population of the Seychelles is small, but very welcoming. In Mahé, as in the rest of the Seychelles, French is one of the official languages, alongside English and Seychellois Creole. The capital, Victoria, lives to the rhythm of the Seychelles archipelago.

It is reminiscent of the time when Mahé was called “the island of abundance”. Sailors put in port in the Seychelles to stock up on water, wood and tropical fruit. Pirates also frequented the islands. They would have hidden their loot there, mostly in Mahé, in the Bel Ombre region.

The Seychelles archipelago has been an independent State since 1976. Located at the equator, it is closer to Madagascar that to the African or Indian continents. The Seychelles is divided into two large groups – the Inner Islands and the Outer Islands.

The Outer Islands, further away, are made up notably of the Amirante Islands, the Farquhar Group and the Aldabra Group. In the Inner Islands, the trio of Mahé, Praslin and La Digue come out on top for a first trip to the Seychelles. This granitic islands offer dream beaches, like Anse Intendance on Mahé, Anse Lazio on Praslin and Anse Source d’Argent on La Digue.

Covered in an abundant tropical vegetation, their mountains are perfect for hiking in a landscape inhabited by terns, lesser vasa parrots and tortoises. The Seychelles are home to several national parks and nature reserves.

On Mahé, the highest point of the Seychelles archipelago is protected by the Morne Seychellois National Park. On Praslin, the Vallée de Mai National Park is listed as a UNESCO world heritage site. This site, unique to the Seychelles, has a forest of sea coconut palms, known as “cocos de mer” and also “cocofesses” locally. The leaves of these trees producing rounded coconuts shade several rare plants and many birds.

On La Digue, the Veuve Noire reserve, with its lush tropical vegetation, is home to an endemic species of bird called “veuve noire” (black widow). You can get there by bicycle or oxcart, as there are no cars on La Digue. However, cars are permitted on Mahé and Praslin, the two largest islands of the Seychelles archipelago. From one island to another, you can get about easily in the Seychelles, as transport by plane and boat is optimised. Several islands are located in the immediate vicinity of Mahé and Praslin. Sainte-Anne and Cerf Island are just beside Mahé.

Cousin, Cousine and Curieuse are very near Praslin. On these little islands, nature reigns supreme, and the marine parks give access to a spectacularly beautiful aquatic universe. Silhouette, Bird Island, Frégate and Denis Island also make up the Inner Islands, near Mahé.

These are little paradises where hotels are rare, beaches are magnificent and nature is edenic. Seychelles giant tortoises live on these preserved islands. Make the most of your stay on the Seychelles archipelago to do justice to the islands’ gastronomy.

Fish is omnipresent in Seychellois cuisine. Freshly caught, it is enjoyed grilled, with rice and aubergine or pumpkin puree. Pepper sauce, which is part of everyday life in the Seychelles, sure packs a punch! Other dishes, such as cari de zourite (octopus) and roussette (bat), are unusual and delicious. For dessert, treat yourself with an array of tropical fruits.

At nightfall, the music of the Seychelles begins comes on with its lively beats in the hotels, to dance in a friendly atmosphere on these extraordinary islands. Have you been won over by a trip to the Seychelles?

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