The pearls of the Indian Ocean,it’s like taking a voyage to the “Garden of Eden”. What better testimonial for the Seychelles, an archipelago of 115 islands bathed by the warm waters of the Indian Ocean? Lush vegetation, crystal-clear sea, multi-coloured fish, no dangerous animals, Creole cuisine that delights the palate and dreamy beaches that are fully accessible without any constraints. What more can you ask for?
What to see in the Seychelles?
A popular destination for Italians because of the variety of offerings on the main islands: Mahé, the largest island, where the capital and the international airport are based, often mistakenly excluded because it is thought to be the one with the least striking beaches, when on the contrary, the south of this island have some of the most beautiful views in the Seychelles. The surroundings of island vary north to south but still there are palm trees and crystal-clear waters everywhere. Also, what makes this island unique is the city centre famous for art and a Hindu temple that plunges the tourist into a completely different view.
What are the most beautiful beaches in the Seychelles?
The most renowned secluded beaches (with the least number of tourists) are Anse Royale and Au Cap, where it is possible to eat fresh coconut while observing the clear waters of the Indian Ocean. Baie Lazare, Anse Intendance and Petit Anse beaches are also famous and are located in the most remote corners with the least human presence to guarantee perfect relaxation with a dreamy backdrop. For those who prefer more popular areas for nightlife, however, the huge Beau Vallon beach is surrounded by clubs and restaurants.
Seychelles does not provide private beaches, so you can go anywhere. This is an obvious selling point for those who do not want to give up the beauty of top beaches but cannot afford staying in a 5-star hotel. On the main island it is possible to visit the production area of the local rum, much loved for its exotic aftertaste (the coconut variant is famous).
Praslin is the second most popular island that can be reached by a short 20-minute scenic flight from Mahé or alternatively by sea with one of the ferries that operate the route. This island is famous for “Anse Lazio” one of the beaches considered among the most beautiful in the world. Anse Georgette, the beach in front of the sophisticated resort “Constance Lemuria” is something that will take your breath away. Also famous is the Cote d’Or, a strip along the coast where several hotels follow one another. A must for nature lovers is to take a boat trip to Curieuse Island that depart from this area. There visitors can see giant crabs, mangroves, crystal clear waters and the Aldabra giant tortoise. Yes, this incredible animal is native to this very archipelago.
Also, on the island of Praslin there is the gorgeous “Valleè de Mai” or “Garden of Eden” park where it is possible to observe species native to the Seychelles including the famous palm (which grows only on Praslin and Curieuse) Coco de Mer, known for the striking resemblance of its flower and fruit to human reproductive organs. A Coco de Mer fruit takes up to 7 years to ripen and given its enormous weight (up to 30 kg) it is unable to float. The fruit grows on the female tree; the male flowers have a phallic shape. There are numerous legends around this plant and its fruit.
The third most famous island is La Digue, the island where there are no cars, only bicycles. One can reach this island exclusively by boat, docking at the island’s marina. La Digue is universally known for its wonderful beach, “Anse Source d’Argent which is ranked as the most beautiful in the world and is often the location for commercials. Impossible not to be bewitched by this beach, the visit here alone is worth the trip. To reach this beach you must cross over l’Union Estate Park, where you will walk through plantations of vanilla and coconuts in the shade of palm trees. At the end of this park the view opens up to an irresistible, dreamy beach with its turquoise-coloured water and interesting granite rock formations.
Many tourists decide to stay in Praslin and take a little more than a half-day trip to La Digue, but the real way to fully enjoy this incredible island is to stay a few nights in a small hotel there to fully immerse yourself in an old-time atmosphere. Just imagine yourself leisurely biking to various beaches, watching giant turtles munching on mango peels while you sip freshly squeezed juice at the little kiosk near the beach.
The Seychelles is a destination that has struggled early on to ensure safety from the perspective of the Covid-19 pandemic. The archipelago enjoys a good health system, and to preserve the health of its inhabitants and create a calm situation for tourists, it acted early on by closing its borders to everyone and prioritizing vaccinations as soon as they were available. Even in non-pandemic times, people in Seychelles are naturally able to practice social distancing, precisely because of the very high number of beaches and the low population density.
A destination for everyone: honeymooners, families, sporty friends, nature lovers and trekking, diving and boating enthusiasts.
Well connected by major international airports, it can be visited year-round. The driest season is from April to October, but more winds are present; from November to March the wind dies down, temperatures rise, but more showers are possible.
When is the best time to visit the Seychelles?
The driest season is from April to October, but more winds are present; from November to March the wind dies down, temperatures rise, but more showers are possible. Well connected by major international airports, it can be visited year-round.
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