Introducing Beau Vallon & the North Coast
Beau Vallon (on Mahé's northwest coast, 3km from Victoria) is overbuilt by Seychellois standards, but you'll find it remarkably low-key and quiet if you have experienced other tropical destinations. The seaside ambience, with fishermen selling fresh fish late in the afternoon in the shade of takamaka trees, adds a dash of real life to the area.
Beau Vallon is the main destination on the northwest coast because of its beach and tourist infrastructure, but there's also some great scenery north, up the coast to Glacis and North Point. With your own wheels, it's a scenic drive on a narrow road that hugs the coastline, with intermittent, lovely views over secluded coves at the foot of the cliffs.
From Northeast Point, you can head down to Victoria via Anse Étoile.
West of Beau Vallon, the coastal road goes past Bel Ombre, which has a few good accommodation options and a little fishing harbour, and ends at Danzil, where La Scala restaurant lies. From there, you can walk to Anse Major. Ah, Anse Major…