The Gift Guide for Seychelles' Craft Village

Batik samples
Batik samples | ©Adam Jones/wikimedia commons

Located on Domaine de Val des Près, in Au Cap on the east coast of Mahé, the Seychelles Craft Village is one place worth adding to your itinerary when visiting this beautiful area – particularly if you’re hoping to pick up an authentic present for a loved one back home. Here’s our guide to the craft village.

What’s there?

The craft village is not just for buying your souvenirs, it’s an area dedicated to preserving and sharing Seychelles’ history, culture and traditions.

In the village you’ll find the Grann Kaz Plantation House, dating back to around 1870. Taking a wander around the house is well worthwhile as most of the original features are still inside.

An old colonial home, now a museum, at the craft village.
Lakaz Rosa, a replica servant house from colonial times

Souvenirs

There are 12 craft huts at Domain de Val de Près as well as Maison de Coco, a house built of coconut products where there are all kinds of coconut items for sale.

If you are looking for nice souvenirs from the Seychelles then this is the best place to go to find them.

There are all sorts of items being made and sold at the craft village, including paintings from local artists.

Paintings depicting Seychellois life

You can also discover handmade jewellery, batik clothing and a wide range of items made from coconut. There are also some impressive handmade wooden sailboats available.

Batik samples

Why buy from the craft village?

One of the best things about the craft village is that you can see the artists at work. They are happy to talk about their craft and how it fits into Seychelles culture.

The craft village, is an ongoing development and the Seychelles government is highly invested in promoting craft in Seychelles as a means to preserve Creole culture. Not only will you find a beautiful gift, you are helping keep the art and history of a rich culture alive.

landscape with balloons floating in the air

KEEN TO EXPLORE THE WORLD?

Connect with like-minded people on our premium trips curated by local insiders and with care for the world

Since you are here, we would like to share our vision for the future of travel - and the direction Culture Trip is moving in.

Culture Trip launched in 2011 with a simple yet passionate mission: to inspire people to go beyond their boundaries and experience what makes a place, its people and its culture special and meaningful — and this is still in our DNA today. We are proud that, for more than a decade, millions like you have trusted our award-winning recommendations by people who deeply understand what makes certain places and communities so special.

Increasingly we believe the world needs more meaningful, real-life connections between curious travellers keen to explore the world in a more responsible way. That is why we have intensively curated a collection of premium small-group trips as an invitation to meet and connect with new, like-minded people for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in three categories: Culture Trips, Rail Trips and Private Trips. Our Trips are suitable for both solo travelers, couples and friends who want to explore the world together.

Culture Trips are deeply immersive 5 to 16 days itineraries, that combine authentic local experiences, exciting activities and 4-5* accommodation to look forward to at the end of each day. Our Rail Trips are our most planet-friendly itineraries that invite you to take the scenic route, relax whilst getting under the skin of a destination. Our Private Trips are fully tailored itineraries, curated by our Travel Experts specifically for you, your friends or your family.

We know that many of you worry about the environmental impact of travel and are looking for ways of expanding horizons in ways that do minimal harm - and may even bring benefits. We are committed to go as far as possible in curating our trips with care for the planet. That is why all of our trips are flightless in destination, fully carbon offset - and we have ambitious plans to be net zero in the very near future.

Winter Sale Offers on Our Trips

Incredible Savings

X
Edit article