20 hectares of heaven, this is Valle de Mai, a site which belongs to the UNESCO World Heritage thanks to its fabulous and very rare species and to its amazing landscapes.
The ones who decide to visit this splendid corner of the world should know that their journey must head straight to Eastern Africa; they shall not be disturbed though by any inhabitants for there are none in the valley except for a forestry settlement where some park rangers live and make sure the natural treasures stay untouched.
The first description of Valle de Mai belongs to the British general Charles Gordon, who compared it to the Garden of Eden; he even found a resemblance with the Tree of Good and Evil in the Coco de Mer palm tree, with its coconuts weighing up to 20kg.
If you’re looking for a typical holiday place, with eternal summers, moderate heat and a minimum intervention of humans, again, Valle de Mai is the perfect spot.
Although the island was discovered around the 1880’s, it wasn’t until 1966 that it became a national resort, its species looked after and its environment protected.
The Seychelles Black Parrot, for example, is on the verge of extinction. There are only about 300 of them left on the island and it depends entirely on the Coco de Mer forest. Its beauty and its rarity made the Black Parrot become the National bird of the Seychelles. The entrance fee (one day spent in Valle de Mai) costs the equivalent of 15 euro but it is worth every cent.