Day 3: Marvellous Mahé
The largest island in the Seychelles and home to most of the population, Mahé is the place to get a feel for the country’s vivid culture and history. Discovered by Arab traders, frequented by pirates and occupied by the Portuguese, French and English, the Seychelles’ modern Creole culture mixes European, African and Asian influences. There’s perhaps nowhere better to experience this than in the tiny capital, Victoria.
Alongside stately landmarks such as the ‘Little Ben’ clock tower and spice plantations in the Botanic Gardens, everyday life goes on. Throw yourself into the Sir Selwyn Clarke Market, where locals buy fresh fruit, fish and spices. It’s worth learning a few phrases of Seychellois Creole or French if you’d like to join in the fun.