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Today, people flock to Seychelles for the soft white sands, but back in the 18th century, the islands were a hub for the spice trade. For a taste of the islands' history, spend some time touring Le Jardin du Roi. Sitting on the hilly terrain above Anse Royale beach on Mahé's southeast coast, this old spice garden is still steeped in the aromas of vanilla, nutmeg, cinnamon and a variety of other spices. You can enjoy the scents and scenery as you wander the gardens, learn about Seychelles' spice trade at the small onsite museum, get up close to giant tortoises, participate in a guided hike (as long as you notify the garden 24 hours in advance) or enjoy a flavorful lunch at the restaurant. And before you leave, you can pick up some spices to take with you from the spice shop. 

Le Jardin du Roi welcomes visitors every day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Though some visitors note that the admission price has increased in recent years (to 110 SCR, which is around $9 USD per person), others say it's worth the money. "If you want to see some history, tropical plants, and giant tortoises, this is well worth the time and money," said one TripAdvisor user.

Many travelers say that you'll need a car to reach Le Jardin du Roi, which can be found 13 miles south of Victoria along a steep road that stems from Mahé's main route. To learn more about the spice garden, visit the Seychelles Tourism Board's Jardin du Roi page.

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