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Auch bei leicht verregneten Tagen bietet der Jardin du Roi einen traumhaften Blick, Bild: Patrick Jullien / Reisemagazin Online

Le Jardin du Roi

The Seychelles offers much more than just sun, beach and diving. If you spend your holiday on the main island of Mahe , you should take a few hours and visit the well-known and lovingly created spice garden Jardin du Roi.

How to get to Jardin du Roi

Opening hours Jardin du Roi Monday-Sunday: 10.00 a.m. – 5.30 p.m. Phone: +248 4 371 313 Admission: approx. 11 euros
Coming from the capital Victoria , drive to Anse Royale. In Anse Royale, after the petrol station, turn right into Les Canelles Road. After less than a kilometre, turn left onto Sweet Escott Road. Then follow the signs to the Jardin du Roi.

As early as the 18th century, the first large spice plantation in the Seychelles existed in Anse Royale. Due to the rare seeds and plants, it provided a good source of income for the archipelago. In 1780, however, the complex was destroyed by a major fire.

Saffron, Jardin du Roi
Saffron plant in the Jardin du Roi, Picture Patrick Jullien / Travel Magazine Online

The French Lieutenant de Romainville had orders to burn down the spice plantations as soon as English soldiers set foot on the island. They did not want to let the precious plant world fall into the hands of the enemies. However, it quickly turned out that the soldiers arriving by ship were French soldiers and not enemy soldiers.

The rare seeds were also lost in this fire. Today, the Jardin du Roi is once again home to the rarest plant species: nutmeg, bananas, vanilla, cinnamon trees and much more.

It’s just fun to stroll through the 25-hectare site and get to know exotic plant species thanks to the signposting.

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In the farm shop, visitors can purchase handmade souvenirs and spices. In the small but fine museum, farm life in the Seychelles is reconstructed.