Saint-Paul The Essential
In the 17C the first French settlers landed in St Paul's sheltered bay and made it the capital of the island, until it was usurped by St Denis in the 18C. St Paul still bears traces of its colonial days, such as the town hall and the houses on the Chaussée Royale, which include the former estate of Mme Desbassyns. However, the main attractions here are the market - the island's nicest - held on the seafront, and the pleasant atmosphere of the streets lined with stalls. Don't miss the Tour des Roches watermill on the Étang St Paul and its abundant greenery.