Saint-Denis

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Saint-Denis showing military items, a city and general coastal views

The capital of Réunion is a place to explore museums and art galleries, admire an architecturally-impressive townscape and dine on superb Creole cuisine.

Saint-Denis is a pretty town with green mountains on one side and the beautiful Indian Ocean on the other. Established by the island’s first governor in the 17th century, Saint-Denis is the capital and cultural center of Réunion. Visit museums, galleries and historical landmarks. Relax in picturesque parks and at lively seafront promenades. Shop in chic boutiques and sample delectable Creole food.

The Centre Ville is Saint-Denis’ heart, where you’ll find many colonial, Creole and religious monuments. Check out Maison Carrère and Maison Kichenin, two fine examples of Creole architecture. Admire the colonial-style Anciens Magasins Aubinais, Ancienne Maison des Notaires and Maison Deramond-Barre. Don’t miss the striking Mosquée Noor E Islam and the Tuscan-style Cathédrale de Saint-Denis.

The town’s museums showcase the art and natural history of Réunion. Spot displays of birds, cats, primates, whales and other animals at the Musée d’Histoire Naturelle. See work by Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso and local painter Léon Dierx at the Musée Léon Dierx. Find changing expositions of work by Réunion artists at L’Artothèque.

Go to Le Barachois, a waterfront park with sweeping coastal views, a battery of cannons and a monument of the world-famous aviator Roland Garros. Stroll along Sentier Littoral Nord, a scenic path that stretches east along the coast. Back in town, unwind amid the tropical plants and ornamental ponds of Jardin de l’Etat. Alternatively, join walkers, joggers and picnickers at Parc de la Trinité.

Experience Saint-Denis’ revered food scene, which blends Asian, Creole, French and Indo-Muslim flavors. Be sure to try cari, which is meat, poultry or seafood made with garlic, ginger, turmeric and abundant tomatoes. Bars, bakeries, cafés and restaurants pack the streets of the town’s Centre Ville and Le Barachois districts.

Reach Saint-Denis by flying to Roland Garros Airport, which is just a 20-minute drive from the Centre Ville, and then get around the atmospheric streets on foot. Often overlooked in favor of Réunion’s natural wonders, those that visit Saint-Denis discover a welcoming town with similarities to a French provincial village.

Hotel Bellepierre
Hotel Bellepierre
4 out of 5
91 Bis Allee Des Topazes, Saint-Denis
The price is $92 per night from Jan 30 to Jan 31
Located in the heart of Saint-Denis, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Natural History Museum and Jardin de l'Etat. Grand Marché and Petit Marche are also ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (308 reviews)
What a great find
"We were greeted with smiling, friendly faces and some delicious juice. Our room was clean and comfortable. Every staff member we spoke to was friendly and curious. The view from our room was breath taking. We enjoyed our stay very much."

Reviewed on Jun 29, 2021

Hotel Bellepierre
Dina Morgabine Saint Denis
Dina Morgabine Saint Denis
Rue Issop Ravate, Saint-Denis, Saint-Denis
The price is $132 per night from Feb 6 to Feb 7
Situated in Saint-Denis, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Petit Marche and Grand Marché. Jardin de l'Etat and La Barachois are also within 1 mi (2 ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (15 reviews)
"I had the pleasure to spend a night at this hotel after two long flights to come to Reunion island. The hotel was perfect for resting a few hours after coming from the airport, and for a good night sleep later on."

Reviewed on Jan 14, 2022

Dina Morgabine Saint Denis
Tulip Inn Sainte Clotilde La Reunion
Tulip Inn Sainte Clotilde La Reunion
31 Avenue Leconte deLisle, Sainte Clotilde, Saint-Denis
The price is $110 per night from Jan 24 to Jan 25
This family-friendly Saint-Denis hotel is located near the airport, within 2 mi (3 km) of Aquanor and Stade Jean-Ivoula. Petit Marche and Jardin de l'Etat are ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (323 reviews)
one night stay near airport
"good rooms and servies for the price good area if you want to be closed to airport ants in the room"

Reviewed on Jan 14, 2021

Tulip Inn Sainte Clotilde La Reunion
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Studio Confort
Studio Confort
Saint-Denis, Arrondissement of Saint-Denis
Located in the heart of Saint-Denis, this vacation home is within a 15-minute walk of Petit Marche, Natural History Museum, and Jardin de l'Etat. Grand Marché ...
5/5 Exceptional! (2 reviews)
Logement Haut de Gamme- Le Best de la Réunion- Ne chercher plus!
"Logement neuf et propre avec une literie trés confortable , une tv amovible avec plein de chaines et tout le confort indiqué . Le tout au fond d'une ruelle trés calme avec piscine et tout les équipements accessoires sur demande. Petite cerise sur le gateau , des propriétaires d'une gentillesse et ..."

Reviewed on Dec 15, 2021

Studio Confort
Studio sea view, in charming villa with jacuzzi in St Denis, 1 to 4 pers
Studio sea view, in charming villa with jacuzzi in St Denis, 1 to 4 pers
Saint-Denis, Arrondissement of Saint-Denis
Situated in the mountains, this romantic apartment building is within 3 mi (5 km) of Aquanor, Plage de Sainte Clotilde, and Natural History Museum. Jardin de ...
5/5 Exceptional! (1 review)
Paradis
"Nous avons passés un agréable moment dans ce petit coins de paradis ou le calme règne. Le jacuzzi est top. Rien à dire!! Vous pouvez y aller les yeux fermés."

Reviewed on Oct 29, 2020

Studio sea view, in charming villa with jacuzzi in St Denis, 1 to 4 pers
Appartement au Centre Ville
Appartement au Centre Ville
Saint-Denis, Arrondissement of Saint-Denis
This family-friendly Saint-Denis apartment building is located by the ocean, within a 10-minute walk of Jardin de l'Etat, Natural History Museum, and Grand Marché. ...
5/5 Exceptional! (1 review)
Bien entretenu et bien situé
"Logement bien situé, au calme et confortable."

Reviewed on Aug 26, 2021

Appartement au Centre Ville
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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