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.

Hôtel Les Créoles
Hôtel Les Créoles
3 out of 5
43 Avenue de Bourbon, Saint-Gilles les Bains, Saint-Paul
The price is $158 per night from Oct 21 to Oct 21
Situated near the beach, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Plage de L'Hermitage, Coco Beach, and Garden of Eden.
4.2/5 Excellent! (124 reviews)
Nice hotel and nice staff
"Warm welcome from the staff and cozy hotel near Ermitage. No restaurant for diner but good nearby options."

Reviewed on Mar 10, 2016

Hôtel Les Créoles
Dina Morgabine
Dina Morgabine
3 out of 5
80 Bis rue des Engagés, Bruniquel, La Saline Les Bains, Saint-Paul
The price is $181 per night from Nov 1 to Nov 1
This family-friendly Saint-Paul aparthotel is located near the airport, within 1 mi (2 km) of Coco Beach, Garden of Eden, and Plage de la Saline les Bains. Aquarium ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (219 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
Ness By D-Ocean
Ness By D-Ocean
26 Route de Trou d'Eau, Saint-Paul
The price is $295 per night from Oct 17 to Oct 17
Situated near the beach, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Plage de la Saline les Bains, Coco Beach, and Plage de la Pointe des 3 Roches. Plage de la Pointe ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (47 reviews)
"Bel hôtel récent en bord de plage, chambre spacieuse, belle finition, on s’y sent bien. Personnel discret et accueillant. Espace petit déjeuner et dîner en bord de mer. Un bon moment passé au soleil !"

Reviewed on May 30, 2021

Ness By D-Ocean
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.
L'Archipel
L'Archipel
3 out of 5
9 rue de la Cheminée, Grand Ford, Saint-Gilles les Bains, Saint-Paul
The price is $159 per night from Nov 7 to Nov 7
This family-friendly Saint-Paul residence is located near the beach, within a 10-minute walk of Cap Homard and Les Trois Roches. Aquarium de la Réunion and Plage ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (146 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
Dina Morgabine
Dina Morgabine
3 out of 5
80 Bis rue des Engagés, Bruniquel, La Saline Les Bains, Saint-Paul
The price is $181 per night from Nov 1 to Nov 1
This family-friendly Saint-Paul aparthotel is located near the airport, within 1 mi (2 km) of Coco Beach, Garden of Eden, and Plage de la Saline les Bains. Aquarium ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (219 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
Residence Tropic Appart'hotel
Residence Tropic Appart'hotel
3 out of 5
102, avenue de Bourbon, L'Ermitage, Saint-Paul
Situated by the sea, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Plage de L'Hermitage and Coco Beach. Garden of Eden and Plage de la Saline les Bains ...
4/5 Very Good! (101 reviews)
Rude morning staff!
"Great check in. Lady was very nice. good parking. Room sink was broken. It leaked water all over the floor! we tried to tell the reception in the morning. He was rude and swore at us. He did not understand a word of english, spoke only french and was very rude and arrogant about listening to the ..."

Reviewed on Dec 12, 2018

Residence Tropic Appart'hotel
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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