As the largest island in the Seychelles archipelago and the home of its capital city Victoria, Mahe is the island that most travellers flock to. Although Victoria has its own low-key charms, including a vibrant local arts scene and a national museum, for the majority of holidaymakers it’s Mahe’s natural beauty that is the biggest draw. The lush, mountainous interior contrasts wonderfully with the powder-white beaches and azure water; head for the hills for a gentle stroll or jungle hike, or explore the coast to discover the best sunbathing and snorkelling spots in the Seychelles.

Beau Vallon
If searching for entertainment outside of your resort, head for Beau Vallon, a town in the north-west of Mahe. There are low-key beachside bars and restaurants where you can sample traditional Creole cuisine. Driving along the coast, you’ll pass quiet, picturesque beaches; all you have to do is pick your patch of sand for the day. Many have market stalls selling fresh tropical fruit.

Mission Point
This popular viewpoint is close to the remains of Mission Lodge, a former missionary settlement. You’ll find it high up in the green hills of the island; time your visit with the early evening and enjoy views of a Seychelles sunset.

Morne Seychellois
The beauty of the Seychelles is not limited to the beaches. There are several nature trails to explore in the Morne Seychellois National Park, where hikers can tackle winding trails, steep slopes and the country’s highest peak (905 metres). It’s not an easy climb to reach the highest slopes, but you’ll be rewarded by gorgeous panoramic views.

Known for being the smallest capital in the world, Victoria boasts a number of museums, churches and art galleries. However, most places close on Saturday morning and don’t re-open until Monday.

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