Saint-Paul

Travel Guide
Saint-Paul
Discover historic architecture, natural wonders, picturesque beaches and a vibrant food market at this town on the northwest coast of Réunion.

Set around a sweeping bay of volcanic sand and backed by rugged hills is Saint-Paul. It’s a town that blends centuries-old architecture with beaches and markets. It’s also a great place to arrange canyoning, hiking and snorkeling trips amid Réunion’s stunning natural beauty. Situated on Réunion’s northwest coast, Saint-Paul is the island’s second-largest town and is part of a region of the same name.

See a slice of the town’s history at Cimetière Marin. This sea-facing cemetery at the southern edge of town is home to the tombs of noble families, poets, pirates and sailors. Nearby is Les Grotte des Premiers Français, a cave believed to be the landing site of the island’s first French settlers.

Stroll along the waterfront toward the town center and Marché Forain de Saint-Paul. Browse the stalls of this open-air market for handicrafts, chutneys, spices, exotic fruits and vegetables. Sample typical Creole snacks such as coconut chicken, péi (curry) and sausage rougail (stew).

Be sure to check out Saint-Paul’s fascinating array of historic landmarks. Among these are the 19th-century Hôtel Lacay and La Maison Serveaux manor house. Take a guided tour of Villa Rivière, a neoclassical villa and flower-filled garden established in the late 18th century. Don’t miss the Tamil Temple, a Dravidian-style temple established by Indian settlers toward the end of the 1800s.

Saint-Paul’s beach is a quiet strip of volcanic sand. Walk out to the end of the pier for views back across the town and surrounding mountains. Other idyllic beaches with soft white sand and inviting water are just a short drive away. Spend the day soaking up the sun and enjoying watersports at Boucan Canot and St. Gilles-les-Bains.

Located about 25 miles (40 kilometers) from Saint-Denis, Saint-Paul is easy to reach via public buses. Getting around the town center is possible on foot. Public buses also travel to nearby beach resorts. Around town are agencies that organize trips to Réunion’s breathtaking interior. Go canyoning, trekking, and mountain biking in the island’s cirques (natural amphitheaters). Take a helicopter ride over Cirque de Mafate.

Where to stay in Saint-Paul

Hotel Le Recif
Hotel Le Recif
3 out of 5
50 Avenue de Bourbon, St Gilles-les-Bains, Saint-Paul, 97434
The price is $204 per night from Jan 29 to Jan 30
$204
per night
Jan 29 - Jan 30
Stay at this 3-star beach hotel in Saint-Paul. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 2 outdoor pools. Our guests praise the breakfast and the pool in our reviews. ...
4/5 Very Good! (505 reviews)
"Very good staff wonderful service, beautiful location on the see and near the shopping and rest,, nice breakfast"

Reviewed on Jan 13, 2023

Hotel Le Recif
LUX* Saint Gilles
LUX* Saint Gilles
5 out of 5
28 Rue du Lagon, St Gilles-les-Bains, Saint-Paul, 97434
The price is $307 per night from Feb 1 to Feb 2
$307
per night
Feb 1 - Feb 2
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Saint-Paul. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 3 restaurants. Our guests praise the breakfast and the pool in our reviews. ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (544 reviews)
"Old property at High price. 3 star rating. Rooms needed serious upgrade"

Reviewed on Oct 4, 2022

LUX* Saint Gilles
Le Saint Alexis
Le Saint Alexis
4 out of 5
44 Rue du Boucan Canot, St Gilles-les-Bains, Saint-Paul, 97434
The price is $281 per night from Feb 1 to Feb 2
$281
per night
Feb 1 - Feb 2
Stay at this 4-star beach hotel in Saint-Paul. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 2 outdoor pools. Our guests praise the pool and the spacious rooms in our reviews. ...
4/5 Very Good! (151 reviews)
"Room with access to the pool is a must. Hotel is fairly dated, certainly needs renovations especially in the rooms. More like a 3 star in terms of service & amenities. Staff speak pretty much no English (thankfully I speak little french) and no translation for help/instructions, as well as breakfast ..."

Reviewed on Dec 9, 2021

Le Saint Alexis
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.
Residence Tropic Appart'hotel
Residence Tropic Appart'hotel
3 out of 5
102, avenue de Bourbon, L'Ermitage, Saint-Paul, 97434
Stay at this 3-star apartment in Saint-Paul. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a terrace. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the convenient parking in ...
4/5 Very Good! (118 reviews)
"Nice place and silent"

Reviewed on Sep 27, 2022

Residence Tropic Appart'hotel
Dina Morgabine
Dina Morgabine
3 out of 5
80 Bis rue des Engagés, Bruniquel, La Saline Les Bains, Saint-Paul, 97434
Stay at this 3-star family-friendly aparthotel in Saint-Paul. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and breakfast. Our guests praise the pool and the restaurant in ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (255 reviews)
Good experience
"It was a great experience! The staff was very welcoming and nice. The room was perfect for a couple. Only inconvenient : not enough parking space."

Reviewed on Jan 16, 2021

Dina Morgabine
L'Archipel
L'Archipel
3 out of 5
9 rue de la Cheminée, Grand Ford, Saint-Gilles les Bains, Saint-Paul, 97434
Stay at this 3-star family-friendly residence in Saint-Paul. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and an outdoor pool. Our guests praise the pool and the family amenities ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (160 reviews)
"It's a relative big 3 star hotels. The room is very small an no lift in the building, but it is value for money. The hotel also comes with a pool and has lots of parking spaces. Not much restaurants around. Burger King and a big supermarket is not far from the hotel."

Reviewed on Nov 1, 2019

L'Archipel
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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