In the 17C the first French settlers landed in St Paul's bay and made it the capital of the island, until it was usurped by Saint-Denis in the 18C. Saint-Paul still bears traces of the presence of the French, such as the town hall and the houses on the Chaussée Royale. However, the main attractions here are the market - the island's nicest - held on the seafront, and the pleasant atmosphere in the streets. Don't miss the Tour des Roches with its abundant greenery next to the waters of Étang de Saint-Paul.
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