The capital city of Seychelles is Victoria, located on the northeastern side of Mahe island which is the largest island in the country. The area of Victoria was originally settled in 1778 by French colonists but it was not until 1814 that the city was named Victoria. This renaming was due to the United Kingdom taking control of the islands after the Treaty of Paris was signed.
The population of Victoria was last measured in 2010 and was found to be 26,450 citizens. Approximately one-third of the population of the country resides in Victoria and the city has remained the nation's major commercial hub for over 200 years. The majority of the population speak Seychellois Creole as well as either French or English. Victoria's main industries are coconut and coconut oil, fish, guano, and vanilla as well as a major tuna fishing and canning industry.
Aside from the amazing hiking opportunities, mountains, and lookouts to explore, Victoria is home to an interesting array of sites. The Victoria Market provides tourists with an excellent shopping experience downtown and The Natural History Museum gives visitors a taste of local culture. The Bicentennial Monument and Clock Tower are two unique pieces of architecture in the city, but there are plenty more. If a relaxing environment is sought, seek out one of the dozens of beaches near the city.
The climate of Victoria is considered a tropical rainforest environment with consistently high temperatures. The city does not have a true dry season and although temperatures are high, so is precipitation. The wettest month of the year is January, averaging 401.3 millimetres (15.79 inches) of rain and the country sees 2,349 millimetres (92.5 inches) of rainfall per year. Although Victoria is rainy, the sky is usually clear and cloud rarely covers the entire city.
This page was last modified on May 1st, 2018
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