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Seychelles Islands: Must Know!
Sun and heat all year round, Creole delicacies, perfectly intact coral reefs, best beaches in the world, Seychelles transport you to an idyllic world that will make you forget the daily stress. Lying on the sand in the shade of coconut palms, you can admire the crystal clear water and enjoy absolute relaxation. Fly to Seychelles and enjoy and unparalleled experience.
Seychelles capital account less than 25 000 inhabitants. Its mixed population, younger than the other islands, gathers around Independence Avenue and Albert Street. This historic, commercial and administrative center where departments, the court and other buildings can be found, bears the imprint of the English and French colonization. The styles of the nineteenth century are biased to the colonnaded facades, domes and other flirtations. Symbol of that time, the Clock Tower reproduced in miniature the Big Ben of London.
The atmosphere of the indoor market in Sir Selwyn-Clark (1840) better reflects the Creole lifestyle. Under its arcades, merchants and shoppers remake the world and reputations. It is alert, cheerful and eager that you will enjoy this spot that provides delicacies and spices. Do not miss seeing the nearby Hindu temple honoring Ganesh and the cathedral where flock the faithful for celebrations.
On Francis Rachel Street, the National History Museum offers a collection of works of craftsmen, objects that belonged to the founding of the colony. Further south, the botanical garden of Paul Dupont has 200 species of flowers and an amazing collection of endemic palms.
The coastline is hardly disturbed by the presence of the city. It faces the National Park of St. Anne. Aside inland you will find the residential area of Bel Air towards the Morne Seychellois National Park and its colonial cemetery overlooking the city. It is accessed by the road Sans Souci, an evocation of the more relaxed lifestyle.
From Paris, Air Seychelles, Etihad Airways and other airlines serve Mahé and Praslin. Rates vary significantly depending on the tourist seasons.
Inter-island flights are operated by Air Seychelles and Etihad Airways from Mahé airport. You can connect two islands without passing through Mahé. Daily flights to Praslin (15 minutes - from 20 to 30 flights per day), and variable frequencies depending on the season to Bird, Denis, Desroches and Alphonse.
The Mahé airport is located fifteen kilometers from Victoria. Connections by taxi or shuttle are readily available. A free shuttle is available for travelers who join the ferry to Praslin (reservation required - 2-3 day).
The islands of Mahé, Praslin, Fregate and La Digue are connected by ferries. The trip varies from 30 minutes to 2 hours depending on the destination. From June to September, the sea is particularly rough and providers may be forced to cancel schedules.
The company Seychelles Public Transport Corporation (SPTC) covers many routes on Mahe and Praslin islands. The service is reliable and offers comfortable buses.
A national license is sufficient but one must be over 22 years and have a credit card for booking and driving. Rental companies only offer insurance to third parties, which calls for particular caution. You can request that the contract is written in French or English. Read the terms carefully and locate disclaimers.
Service stations are spread over both islands – Mahe and Praslin and are open from 7 to 19 as a rule. Only Mahé and Praslin have a road network that is well maintained. Former Commonwealth countries, in Seychelles you drive on the left (priority right). The roads are quite narrow and winding. The speed limit is 65 km / h on the road and 40 km / h in town. At night you need to be even more cautious than the day, you have to be extremely attentive to pedestrians, bicycles and carts...
What you can drink on the island?
In the vast majority of towns and cities, tap water is drinkable. However, uneven rainfall and failing networks can cause problem. So it is better to consume bottled mineral water. You should not refuse though a fresh exotic fruit juice in places where hygiene is respected or refreshing green coconut water. Fresh lemongrass is particularly tasty.
The tea smallholder on Mahé is not enough to cover all the needs of the Seychellois. Make sure that the tea you consume comes from this region because it can be an imported tea. Local teas are also flavored (mint, cinnamon, vanilla).
The local beer is a must. Seychelles brewery produces two brands: Seybrew and Eku. The kalou (fermented coconut sap) is prohibited for sale in the shop. Among the spirits, you can test the Coco d'Amour, a liqueur with coconut milk. Palm wine, or toddy is also a product from the same family.
Must eat in the Seychelles
The Seychellois Cuisine had long been enlivened by the likes of curries from India, highly spiced and smoothed with coconut cream; Chinese stir-fries and grilled or steamed fish; and aromatic blends of garlic, ginger and herbs from La Belle France.
Added to the abundant seafood of the Indian Ocean, and a cornucopia of tropical fruits and vegetables, Creole cuisine is fusion without the fuss - simply gorgeous fresh produce, cooked in a myriad mouth-watering ways.
Seafood and many fish species (trevally, barracuda, vielle, bourgeois) used in the preparation of the most common dishes like Carry koko. On family tables, the kat kat comes prominently mixing tuna, banana and coconut milk followed by curry zourite, a bouillabaisse of spicy octopus. The pepper sauce – commonly named chatini - is usually presented separately preserving delicate palates. Various salad mixes local products, do not miss tasting the palm heart salad called salad billionaire. The green fruits are eaten as vegetables, ripe they are served in salads or crushed and embellished with spices. Looking out to taste something new? The bat curry, great bat-based specialty, is served with a mazavarou - highly spicy preparation consisting of garlic, red pepper, ginger. Why not try that?
Try the donuts (pumpkin and vanilla syrup, bananas) or cassava cake (pudding) cooked with grated coconut, sweet potato and red fruits and mountain honey. Bananas and mangoes have a significantly different tastes from their cousins sold in Europe.