Sleepy & Serene: A Stroll through Victoria
The Smallest Capital City of the World
What comes to mind when you think of a country’s capital? Skyscrapers, theatres, massive billboards? Well, think again, because Victoria – the capital of the Seychelles – has none of that. In its place, you will find a surprisingly sleepy seat of government. In actual fact, the whole of Victoria has no more than two traffic lights, and that’s more than enough to make sure the almost 28,000 inhabitants can get around safely. You’ll only need a couple of hours to get to know every nook and cranny of Victoria, and if you can muster up the strength to venture beyond the delightful beaches of Mahé, visiting the only registered city of the country is actually quite worth your while.
That’s Enough Work for Today
Towards the east, Victoria opens up into the port, with the islands of the Sainte Anne Marine National Park off the coast. The piers are not only visited by cruise ships, but also by freighters that export raw materials such as vanilla, coconuts, soap, and cinnamon bark. These spices will prickle your nostrils as you explore the winding alleyways of Victoria. You can find many small grocers in the colourful houses made of stone and wood. But make sure to get there before sundown – the shops close no later than 6 p.m. in this part of the world. When you’re in Victoria – quite possible the most laidback capital in the world –, this means it’s about time to see the day to an end in one of the restaurants or bars.
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