THE SIGHTS OF ST LUCIA AND THE ART OF BATIK
My Explorations, Passepartour
How many postcard views are there in St Lucia? You'll lose count of them on this sightseeing tour: from the capital, Castries, to the inland villages, the mountains thick with tropical vegetation and teeming with wildlife and the exclusive lifestyle of the north coast. In addition to the hundreds of Instagram-worthy shots, you can take home a unique experience: watching how a batik is made in the expert hands of local craftsmen.
- Castries from the bus
- Design and creation of a batik in a local workshop
- Rodney Bay village and north of the island
- Photo stop at Pigeon Island
- The capital of St Lucia can't wait to amaze you with its pastel colored houses peeping out among the green tropical vegetation.
- The central market stands out with its multicolored exotic fruits, as does the cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, the largest in the Caribbean, and the square dedicated by islanders to their fellow countryman Derek Walcott, who won the Nobel prize for literature in 1992.
- From the top of Morne Fortuné, literally “the lucky hill”, you'll have a unique view of Castries and the banana plantations. Speaking of luck, you may even spot a jacquot, a colorful endemic species of parrot.
- Next stop, a craft workshop for a live demonstration of how traditional batik prints are made. Developed 400 years ago in Indonesia, this technique has found its twin soul in the Sea Island cotton that is grown in the Antilles: you'll want to take them all home with you!
- The tour continues among the rural villages inland, where simplicity and a slow pace of life rule over everything, and onto Rodney Bay, a town on the north coast famous for its five-star resorts and luxury marina.
- In the 16th century, Pigeon Island was home to the famous pirate François le Clerc, but today it's the perfect place to take the best photos of the coast of St Lucia and the outline of the nearby island of Martinique on the horizon.
Good to know
- Slight changes may be made to itineraries and the length of excursions in order to protect your health and to comply with regulations and the safety protocol.
- Limited number of Italian guides: If none are available, you will be accompanied by an English-speaking guide.