Castries Heritage Walk - St Lucia Heritage
Duration: Half Day
St Lucia is blessed with a rich heritage as well as outstanding natural beauty, so there is much to discover if you are interested in delving into the island’s history and culture. This fascinating tour will introduce you to the historical treasures of Castries, the capital city and commercial centre of St Lucia. Stroll the streets and admire the old colonial architecture whilst enjoying the vibrant spirit of the Caribbean.
Situated on a sheltered natural harbour and surrounded by verdant green hills, Castries is undoubtedly one of the most beautifully located cities in the Caribbean. Hundreds of holiday makers and day trippers arrive here every day as the deep sea port is used year-round by cruise liners, bringing tourists in their droves to the colourful markets and duty-free shopping malls. If you have time to explore the city further, however, you will find that it has much more to offer besides shopping.
To begin with, Castries is steeped in colonial history. Founded by the French in 1650, the city was originally named "Carénage" (meaning safe anchorage), but was later renamed after the French naval minister Marechal de Castries in 1756. Castries came under British rule in the early 19th century and the town soon became a major naval port. Fortifications were built on Morne Fortune (also known as “Hill of Good Luck”), although some of the most savage Caribbean battles ironically took place here between the French and the British in the 18th century. The mountain boasts spectacular panoramic views of the city and harbour, so it is certainly worth exploring if you have time.
Much of Castries’ original colonial architecture has been destroyed by several major fires over the last few centuries, but a handful of historic landmarks have remained intact, including the 18th century Fort Charlotte, the 19th century Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception and the Victorian-style Castries Public Library and Government House. The Derek Walcott Square, renamed after the island's Nobel Prize-winning poet in 1993, is also worth a visit as it lined with late 19th and 20th century French-style wooden buildings with picturesque, gingerbread-trim balconies.
If you want to do some shopping whilst you are here, the recently renovated Castries Central market (constructed between 1891 and 1894) and the adjacent vendor’s market sell everything from fresh local produce, herbs, spices and local Creole delicacies to clothing, handmade crafts, jewellery, rugs and many other gifts and souvenirs. Soak up the colourful sights and aromas as you watch people hurriedly buying and selling their wares, whilst the infectious rhythms of calypso music fill the air.
Not to be missed during your holiday in St Lucia, this memorable tour is a wonderful opportunity to watch history come alive whilst immersing yourself in the vibrant local culture.
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Bridgetown and Rodney Bay - Two popular resorts offering culture, food and fun
- Bay Gardens Beach Resort is Located on Reduit Beach, known for its island setting and breathtaking views
- Stay at Coconut Court Beach hotel and Enjoy FREE transfers, FREE Bottle of Pirate Punch on arrival, A FREE bottle of Sparkling Wine for Honeymooners and FREE transfers to Bridgetown for shopping
- Amazing Twin Centre Package with flights and transfers included
Enjoy an unforgettable Caribbean holiday with stays at vibrant Coco Palm in breathtaking Rodney Bay and at spectacular Coconut Bay Beach Resort & Spa.
- Discover the island during your stay at Coco Palm with an exceptional location in the heart of Rodney Bay Village
- Book a relaxing Spa treatment or massage at Coconut Bay's onsite spa centre, overlooking the ocean.
- Stay active during your holiday and enjoy yoga classes, tennis, pool activities, and a variety of water sports available at Coconut Bay, such as kayaking and snorkelling.
Enjoy breathtaking sunsets and blue sparkling waters of the Caribbean Sea at two beautiful all-inclusive St Lucia resort
Fantastic amenities, personalised services, and an endless range of activities for the whole family at St James Club, Morgan Bay, and Coconut Bay Beach Resort and Spa.
- Benefit from All-Inclusive programmes at both hotels, and enjoy a variety of complimentary activities, delicious meals at the restaurants, and a variety of entertainment for the whole family.
- Coconut Bay Beach Resort & Spa a free access to the largest waterpark in St Lucia, featuring five swimming pools, two waterslides, and a lazy river.
- Being close to Cap Estate Golf Course, capital city of Castries, and the world-class Rodney bay Marina, St James Club Morgan Bay Resort is a perfect base for exploring the island
Make the most of the elegance surrounding two stunning hotels, The Sugar Cane Club Hotel and Spa and Bel Jou St. Lucia
- Take as much time as you need to rejuvenate in Bel Jou's fresh water pool
- Bel Jou St Lucia is the ultimate adults-only paradise - perfect for couples, singles, and friends alike
- Sugar Cane Club Hotel and Spa boasts in interesting charm of Mediterranean ambience blended with the lush tropical beauty of the Caribbean
Take a break in the Caribbean sun where you can relax soak up the beaming sun or take part in the abundance of activities on offer
- Guests can enjoy wide range of activities at Anse Chastanet Resort such as swimming, hiking, snorkelling and much more
- Relax and rejuvenate in the state of the art spa at Rendezvous , indulge yourself in one of the various wonderful treatments on offer
- Both resorts offer individually designed rooms specifically made to make guests feel at home in Caribbean luxury
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