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  1. Hotel Praslin – Top 5 Seychelles Attractions

    The Seychelles archipelago is one of the most exotic and beautiful destinations on earth. You will regularly see its beautiful white beaches with palm trees and granitic rock in the background in the top spots of world beaches awards. The archipelago also offers many opportunities for excursions in the primeval forests of the islands and hosts many rare animal and plant species.

     

    The Seychelles archipelago is located not far from the East African coast in the Indian Ocean. The capital Victoria is one of the smallest capitals on this planet. Most people here speak of the Seychellois Creole, but official languages ​​are English and French.

     

    If you are looking to discover the best places to see and top things to do in Seychelles, look no further Le Domaine de la Réserve, your hotel in Praslin brings you the very best of the archipelago. Here we go:

     

     

    • Anse Source d’Argent beach on La Digue

     

     

    Anse Source d’Argent on the island of La Digue is one of the most popular and most visited beaches in Seychelles. The reason for this should become immediately obvious to every visitor: the white sand beach meets the turquoise blue shallow water un a beautiful background painted by huge granite rocks. This beach has often been used in the past for filming and advertising.

     

    Perhaps it is the most famous beach in the world. Anse Source d’Argent is protected by a coral reef. The water here is mostly calm and therefore very suitable for family holidays. The beach is also perfect for snorkeling. It is easily accessible by boat or domestic flights from Praslin.

     

    • Victoria – The capital city on Mahé

     

     

    Victoria is administrative and centre for everyone in Seychelles. After arriving at the international airport of Mahé, the city is often the first destination for many travelers who stop for a quick shopping tour. Victoria is called the world’s smallest capital – after all, only 26,000 inhabitants live in Victoria – there are still some attractions to be discovered here. 

     

    One of the first places to go is the Victoria market, which is only open until 12.00. This place is not just well-stocked with essentials for daily needs, including freshly caught fish, fruits, vegetables, and spice – it’s also an authentic place to watch the hustle and bustle of the capital. On the second floor, you will be happy to find souvenirs such as jewelry, textiles, towels and much more.

     

    In addition to the many small shops, Victoria also has the Hindu temple Arul Mihu Mihu Navasakthi, Victoria Cathedral and the Clock Tower. It is also worth trying the Creole cuisine in one of the many restaurants, especially for fish lovers. Local cuisine is a mix of Asian, Indian, South African and European dishes. A special feature is, for example, the curried octopus.

     

    • May Valley – At the heart of Praslin

     

    May Valley or locally known as Vallée de Mai is Seychelles’ most beautiful national park nestled at the very heart of the island of Praslin. La Vallée de Mai was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983. It is a valley of nearly 20 hectares and funny enough is the world’s smallest natural heritage. At the same time, the forest has the largest collection of the Sea Coconut, an endemic species in Seychelles. The peculiarity of the forest is that it already existed when the Seychelles still belonged to the primordial continent of Gondwana.

     

    Thus, when the archipelago was connected with Africa, South America, Australia, India, Madagascar and New Guinea millions of years ago. Well-kept paths lead through the jungle and allow you to explore exotic fauna and flora. La Vallée is home to the black Seychelles parrot, the Praslin snail, the Seychelles tree frog, and the Green Day gecko.

     

    • Anse Lazio beach on Praslin

     

     

    Ask any inhabitant of Praslin for the most beautiful beach on their island and most of them will tell you Anse Lazio even though the beach of Côte d’Or is a more popular beach for locals. Why? Because the beach of Anse Lazio has something special to it. Maybe it is the granitic rocks touching the azure ocean or maybe it is due to its remote location.

     

     The white sand is as fine as icing sugar, the palm scenery picturesque, the water clear, even the many colorful fish are in a good mood. Even during the day, Anse Lazio is anything but crowded. You’ll have hundreds of meters of white sand to lay your towel and sunbathe. There are no rows of beach chairs, no umbrellas, no hotels. Not even one of the public bus lines goes to the bay. The 30-minute walk in the blazing sun from the nearest stop attracts only a few tourists. Most come with rental cars, taxis or just by the shore with catamarans.

     

    • Fond Ferdinand National Park on Praslin

     

     

    The Fond Ferdinand Park is the somewhat younger nature park on Praslin. If you don’t have the opportunity to visit the May Valley National Park, you can get a good feel of the tropical richness of the island here. In the park, various paths lead past the legendary Sea coconut palm tree, which grows only in a few places in Seychelles. The plant is famed for its curious shape and it has the particularity of producing the largest seeds in the world. 

     

    Also, some interesting animal species can be observed here. The path ends on a hill with great views of other islands such as La Digue or The Sister Islands. A visit to the park is only possible with a guide. The tour is included in the price and takes place twice in the morning (until 12 o’clock). The prices were raised a bit. Admission costs 10 euros or 125 SCR per person, but still well worth the price.

     

    We have reached the end of this article and we hope that you will find our top 5 places to visit in Seychelles helpful. As always, Le Domaine de la Réserve Hotel Praslin invites you to explore and discover what Seychelles has to offer. Feel free to contact us for any arrangements or booking:

     

    Location: Anse Petite Cour, Praslin, Seychelles

     

    Email: resa@lareserve.sc

     

    Phone: 248 4298 000

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