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Victoria is one of the smallest capital cities in the world and the only major port in the Seychelles. Its courthouse and post office in the center of town have been virtually unchanged since colonial times.
The airport in the city is Seychelles International Airport. This is the hub for Air Seychelles. Air Seychelles flies to Bangkok, London, Paris, Frankfurt, Johannesburg, Rome, Milan and Port Louis via Boeing 767 aircraft. International service is also available from Nairobi (Kenya Airways), Dubai (Emirates), and Doha (Qatar Airways), London (British Airways), Paris (Air France) and regular charter services from Frankfurt (Condor) and Amsterdam (Martinair).
These buses cater to the locals and are fairly cheap. Buses are sometimes irregular and may come to a stop less often than in other cities, so don't be surprised to wait for a while.
The taxis are metered and will often offer to be your tour guide around the Island. Negotiate a price beforehand.
The most popular alternative among locals. Bikes can be rented for cheap at some shops in the city.
Attractions in the city include a clocktower modelled on that of Vauxhall Clock Tower in London, England, the Courthouse, the Victoria Botanical Gardens, the Sir Selwyn Selwyn-Clarke Market. The city is also home to the national stadium and a polytechnic institute, while the inner harbour lies immediately east of the town, around which tuna fishing and canning form a major local industry. One of the largest bridges in Victoria was destroyed in the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake.
Coconuts and coconut products are very abundant and inexpensive in Victoria.
There are 42 restaurants on Mahe Island.
Salad buffet, curries, grilled fresh fish and chicken. Good prices.
La Perle Noir (The Black Pearl ) in Beau Vallon. Fancier place and a bit pricier. Tropical garden, fresh fish and seafood. Romantic. European pricing. Reservations recommended. A table outside near the garden can be very pleasant.