One of the smallest countries in the world, the Seychelles is an archipelago of 115 islands nestled in the Indian Ocean. While each island harnesses a unique personality, they all share breathtaking scenery, gleaming turquoise waters, and a beautiful home for both nature and animals.
Vibrant and buzzing, Mahe acts as a jumping off point to explore other isles, as well as a tropical retreat. An endless selection of beaches line the perimeter, while the veins of the island lead back into to its colorful capital, Victoria.
Walking along the streets of Victoria, you are immediately embraced by a distinguishable, tangible energy. One third of the Seychelles population live in the capital, and in turn, a lively atmosphere floods the streets.
Surrounding the sidewalks are brightly colored buildings fashioned in French colonial architecture. The city is full of life, as the bustling sidewalks are peppered with blooming flowers.
One of the most famous features of the capital is the Victoria Clocktower. Standing 25 feet high, the clock tower has been an unchanged landmark of the capital, watching over the streets as modernity and change swirl around it.
Known as “Lorloz” in Creole, the clock is often referred to as a “Little Big Ben” in reference to London’s House of Parliament clock tower. Seychelles’ clock tower, inaugurated in 1903, was declared a National Monument in 1989.
One of the world’s smallest cities within in one of the world’s smallest countries, Victoria is full of life. Strolling through Victoria’s streets, we found thronged markets selling fish and fruit, a multitude of shops, street art, and cafes enticing its passerby with Creole infused fragrances.
Near the main market street is the stunning Arul Mihu Navasakthi Vinayagar Temple – the only Hindu temple in the Seychelles!
Named after the Hindu god of prosperity and safety, Lord Vinayagar, the temple is immediately eye-catching. Colorful figures of various Hindu deities are adorned throughout the multi-colored structure.
Being the largest island in the Seychelles archipelago, Mahe naturally houses many beaches including the famous Beau Vallon and Anse Royale.
Mahe can easily be enjoyed in one day or a multitude – it is dependent on your travel preferences and island itinerary. If you want to experience more cultural and local aspects of the Seychelles while also enjoying breathtaking tropical beaches, visiting this island is certainly a must.