A PLUNGE INTO THE HISTORY AND LIFESTYLE OF ST. LUCIA
Panorama, PasseparTour, Culture, 1
In a nutshell An excursion to discover St. Lucia, its history, the places and the people that have made it famous and also to appreciate the atmosphere and lifestyle of the island that will leave an indelible impression on every visitor.
Good to know
- Castries: food market, historic centre , Catholic Cathedral with mural paintings, Derek Walcott Square, Massav tree, colonial architecture of the Central Library
- View of Morne Fortune, Sir Arthur Lewis Community College
- Mount Gimie, Roseau Valley Banana Plantation
- Roseau Belvedere
- Millennium Highway, stretches of countryside
- We leave by air-conditioned coach to explore Castries (capital city of St Lucia founded by the French in 1650), starting with the famous market, which is ranked the third best food market in the world by 'Food Journeys of a Lifetime', the famous gourmet itineraries guide published by National Geographic.
- We then visit the historic centre, and admire the Catholic Cathedral with its very original mural paintings by local artist Sir Dunstan St. Omer.
- We then proceed in the direction of Derek Walcott Square, the square named after one of the island's two Nobel Laureates (Derek Walcott, a Saint Lucian poet and writer who won the Nobel prize in literature in 1992, is known mainly for his English language poems and plays).
- This is where we find the fascinating 400 year old Massav Tree keeping the square in the shade with its foliage, and where we can admire the colonial architecture of the Central Library of Castries.
- After, we have a photo stop at Morne Fortune, a belvedere perched high up with a most beautiful view of the capital and, on a clear day, of the Island of Martinique. From here we can also see the Sir Arthur Lewis Community College, a centre of excellence named after the other Nobel Laureate of the island (Sir Arthur Lewis, winner of the Nobel prize in Economics in 1979).
- We continue with our excursion driving through some villages and typical rural communities that represent the essence of life on the island.
- We then arrive at a point to view Mount Gimie which, at an altitude of 959 metres, is the highest point on the island of St. Lucia from where we can see the Roseau Valley banana plantation, the biggest plantation on the island. The panoramic views are breathtaking.
- Our next stop is the Roseau belvedere, where we can admire an even more spectacular panoramic view, enjoy some refreshments and buy some original souvenirs.
- On our return journey to the port of Castries we drive along the Millennium Highway from where we can enjoy some more beautiful stretches of the countryside of St. Lucia.
Good to know
- This excursion is conducted in English.
- Minimum age: 5 years