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Travel Tips to Mahe (SEZ)
The sights of Mahe, the biggest island of the Seychelles
Flights to Mahe take you directly to the paradise island of the Seychelles in the Indian Ocean. The international airport of Mahe is in close proximity to the island’s capital, Victoria. After it became independent from Great Britain in 1976, the island established itself as a popular holiday destination, even though large parts of the island consist of thick jungle or mangrove swamps. Despite this, on the coasts you will find beautiful beaches.
The spice garden Le Jardin du Roi
Between the hills of Les Canelles you’ll find a 25-hectare spice plantation and a botanical garden. Here the most important spices of the Seychelles have been cultivated since 1780. Cinnamon, vanilla, nutmeg, cloves and mango and orange trees can be found here. With a bit of luck you could see the Seychelles’ giant tortoise, which inhabits this region. A small museum was built on the adjacent farm, which displays important artefacts of the natives and indicates where you can buy the fitting souvenirs. Entrance to the museum costs around £6.
The Morne Blanc on Mahe
The Morne Blanc, which is the highest peak of Mahe at 2965 feet, is located in the Morne Seychellois National Park. There you’ll have a magnificent view of the entire island and the Indian Ocean. The slightly taxing climb through the dense vegetation takes about an hour. You can reach the highest observation platform of the mountain through the panoramic Sans Souci Road. Below the ascent is a tea factory, where you can buy select tea flavours as a souvenir. The mountain can be climbed at any time of the day, without having to pay an entry fee.
The Sir Selwyn Selwyn-Clarke Market in Victoria
In the heart of the island’s capital, Victoria, you can find the so-called Sir Selwyn Selwyn-Clarke Market - founded in 1840 - on Market Street. Here you’ll find culinary delicacies like spices, fish and fruit, as well as other souvenirs, like valuable oils and soaps. You should haggle for the prices, since they are different from booth to booth. If you walk up the wooden stairs, you’ll reach the second floor of the market hall, where many souvenir stores are located. The natives also shop there. The entrance of the market is located across from the impressive Hindu temple of Arulmigu Navasakti Vinayagar. The market was named after Brit Percy Selwyn Selwyn-Clarke, who was Governor of the Seychelles from 1947 to 1951. He supported a reform of the tax laws and the education system of Mahe. With a flight to Mahe with FlyDoha, you can follow the steps of the politician across the island.