Victoria, Seychelles

Victoria is the capital city of the Seychelles and is situated on the north-eastern side of Mahé island, the archipelago's main island.

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Victoria (sometimes called Port Victoria) is the capital city of the Seychelles and is situated on the north-eastern side of Mahé island, the archipelago's main island. The city was first established as the seat of the British colonial government. In 2009, the population of Greater Victoria (including the suburbs) was 25,000 out of the country's total population of 87,972. Victoria is served by Seychelles International Airport, completed in 1971.

The principal exports of Victoria are vanilla, coconuts, coconut oil, soap, fish and guano.

Attractions in the city include a clocktower modelled on that of Vauxhall Clock Tower in London, England, the Courthouse, the Victoria Botanical Gardens, the Victoria National Museum of History, the Victoria Natural History Museum and the Sir Selwyn Selwyn-Clarke Market. Victoria market is the local hotspot for the Seychellois people and the brighly coloured Fish and Fruit Markets are not to be missed, also nearby is the gallery of the renowned local artist Georges Camille. The city is also home to the national stadium, the International School Seychelles and a polytechnic. The inner harbour lies immediately east of the town, where tuna fishing and canning forms a major local industry. One of the largest bridges in Victoria was destroyed by tsunami waves from the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake.

District



Victoria's port

Victoria proper is composed of parts of three Districts of Seychelles:

  1. English River (La Riviere Anglaise) (the innermost part)
  2. Saint Louis
  3. Mont Fleuri

Greater Victoria encompasses these three, and five more of the 25 Districts of Seychelles as follows:

  1. Mont Buxton
  2. Bel Air
  3. Roche Caiman
  4. Les Mamelles
  5. Au Cap
  6. Plaisance

Climate

Climate data for Victoria (Seychelles International Airport)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 29.8
(85.6)
30.4
(86.7)
31.0
(87.8)
31.4
(88.5)
30.5
(86.9)
29.1
(84.4)
28.3
(82.9)
28.4
(83.1)
29.1
(84.4)
29.6
(85.3)
30.1
(86.2)
30.0
(86.0)
29.8
(85.6)
Daily mean °C (°F) 26.8
(80.2)
27.3
(81.1)
27.8
(82.0)
28.0
(82.4)
27.7
(81.9)
26.6
(79.9)
25.8
(78.4)
25.9
(78.6)
26.4
(79.5)
26.7
(80.1)
26.8
(80.2)
26.7
(80.1)
26.9
(80.4)
Average low °C (°F) 24.1
(75.4)
24.6
(76.3)
24.8
(76.6)
25.0
(77.0)
25.4
(77.7)
24.6
(76.3)
23.9
(75.0)
23.9
(75.0)
24.2
(75.6)
24.3
(75.7)
24.0
(75.2)
23.9
(75.0)
24.4
(75.9)
Precipitation mm (inches) 379
(14.92)
262
(10.31)
167
(6.57)
177
(6.97)
124
(4.88)
63
(2.48)
80
(3.15)
97
(3.82)
121
(4.76)
206
(8.11)
215
(8.46)
281
(11.06)
2,172
(85.51)
% humidity 82 80 79 80 79 79 80 79 78 79 80 82 79.8
Avg. precipitation days (≥ 1.0 mm) 17 11 11 14 11 10 10 10 11 12 14 18 149
Mean monthly sunshine hours 153.3 175.5 210.5 227.8 252.8 232.0 230.5 230.7 227.7 220.7 195.7 170.5 2,527.7
Source #1: World Meteorological Organization[1]
Source #2: NOAA[2]

Sister cities

Country City
Republic of Djibouti Djibouti

References

  1. "World Weather Information Service - Victoria". World Meteorological Organization. http://worldweather.wmo.int/080/c00253.htm. Retrieved November 16, 2012.
  2. "SEYCHELLES INTL AP Climate Normals 1971-1990". National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. ftp://dossier.ogp.noaa.gov/GCOS/WMO-Normals/RA-I/SC/63980.TXT. Retrieved November 16, 2012.