Seychelles is an extremely popular destination that has been praised by critics as one of the best tropical islands in the world.
Seychelles, which is in fact comprised of 115 islands and is located approximately 1,500 kilometres east of the African continent, is famous for its beaches and constantly warm weather along with its raw beauty.
It is indeed one of the few places in the world to have so far been spared man's destructive tendencies. Although the Seychelles beaches and the great weather have been huge factors in establishing the islands as a popular destination, there are also great attractions that are a must-see for all travelers.
While most people will only care about the beaches when they reach the Seychelles, there are several attractions that are quite unique in the world. Whether you are staying in a luxury Seychelles hotels or a simple self catering Seychelles accommodation, you should absolutely take the time to visit all the main islands.
Since it is a tropical island, it is no surprise that Seychelles boasts a few parks and reserves that provide incredible thrills. The main park is the Morne Seychelles National Park which will enthrall visitors with its almost savage beauty. The Vallée de Mai is another exciting reserve that seems out of this world as it boasts an exquisitely green forest where all kinds of fauna can be observed.
The Seychelles islands are also ideal for travelers who love exploring the artistic history of a country. In Seychelles's case, a few art galleries are located in Mahe, which is one of the most important islands of the Indian Ocean archipelago. The exhibits in these Mahe galleries tell a lot about Seychelles's culture and have even often received media coverage for including some extremely interesting pieces.
The most important art galleries in the Seychelles are the Antonio Filippin studio and the George Camille Gallery, which are always quite crowded. However, there are also other artistic attractions such as the Craft Village which is always the first place to visit if you are into buying small hand-made souvenirs of your holidays. The craft industry in Seychelles is indeed quite big.
Finally, in spite of its small size, Seychelles is also home to a few museums and monuments that also tell a lot about the island's history. The national monuments include the Dauban Mausoleum, the Bel Air Cemetery, and Le Jardin du Roi (literally translated as The King's Garden) which will allow you to get a better insight in the island's culture. In addition to these, you can also visit the museums which include the Natural History Museum and the Marine National Park which are both coincidentally located in Mahe.
Written and contributed by fafnir