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Farms, Workshops & Factories
Parks & Gardens
For respite, the manicured botanical gardens, full of streams and birdsong, are about 10 minutes' walk south of the centre. Star attractions are the coco de mer palms lining the main alley...
Tucked away from the main drag is this modern mosque, which is a popular spot for the prayers of Victoria's small Muslim community, especially on Friday morning.
With its brightly painted decor, Victoria's small but eye-catching Hindu temple stands out among a row of nondescript buildings. It's used by the city's Indian community.
Landmarks & Monuments
The focal point of the city centre is this downsized replica of the clock tower on London's Vauxhall Bridge. The replica was brought to Victoria in 1903 when the Seychelles became a crown colony.
The old courthouse beside the clock tower will appeal to fans of Creole architecture, as will the colonial buildings that are scattered along Francis Rachel and Albert Sts.
Taking pride of place in the centre of town is the Anglican church, with its renovated facade and elegant tower.
Markets & Bazaars
No trip to Victoria would be complete without a wander through the covered market. It's very small by African standards, but it's a bustling, colourful place nonetheless...
Museums & Galleries
The Natural History Museum is worth a quick visit to learn about the islands' geology, fauna and flora. The upstairs section is devoted to marine life.
Make a beeline for this atmospheric shop that has been restored. It specialises in clothing.
This imposing cathedral is noteworthy for its elegant portal and colonnaded facade. The building to the left of the cathedral is the Domus – it's the priest's residence and a national monument.
Beaches, Islands & Waterfronts
To the north of Anse à la Mouche the coast is a bit less glam but appealing nonetheless...
The idyllic little beach of Anse Soleil is a pocket-sized paradise where you can pause for lunch; there's a beach restaurant . It's accessible via a secondary road (it's signposted).
Grande Anse is an immense swath of sand that glimmers with a fierce but utterly enchanting beauty. No other beach provides the same opportunities for long, solitary walks...
A top-end resort lines the northern portion of this high-profile beach. The southern end is almost deserted and offers good swimming and snorkelling. From the police station at Quatre Bornes, take the 1...
From the village of Quatre Bornes, a road leads to Police Bay, a splendid, blissfully isolated spot at the southern tip of the island...
The gently curving Anse Takamaka is a gorgeous strand for walking unfettered on white sand and gaping at sunsets. Facilities include Batista's bar-restaurant.
This pristine curve of white sand is accessible via the Four Seasons hotel . Wait at the gate, and a buggy will take you down to the beach...
Breweries, Distilleries & Wineries
On this popular tour you learn the colourful story behind the island's main distillery and about the rum-making procedure. The one-hour tour runs at 11.30am and 1...
Located 2km up in the hills above Anse Royale, this lush spice garden owes its existence to Pierre Poivre, the French spice entrepreneur. There is a self-guided walk around the 35-hectare orchard-crossed-with-forest...
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