Located on the north coast, Saint-Denis is the capital of the island and, despite appearances, the largest capital of France's overseas territories.
Formerly a small village of settlers, it experienced an economic rebound during the 18th century, when it officially became the capital. Saint-Denis has an extraordinary historical heritage with its museums, parks, monuments and typical Creole houses. Its ethnic and architectural diversity is reflected in its places of worship. You can admire the colourful Tamil gods of the Shri Kali Kampal Temple, visit the Cathedral of Saint-Denis or discover the great Indian-inspired Noor-e-Islam Mosque. Beautiful old mansion-style colonial buildings, meanwhile, mark its old centre. Take in some green with a stroll in the heart of the State Botanical Gardens with its multitude of exotic trees and visit the Natural History Museum.
Continue your promenade on the Barachois, the old port, which has become a pleasant seafront walk, and end your day in the ‘Cathedral quarter', Saint Denis' trendiest neighbourhood.