The city of Saint-Pierre is located in the south of Reunion between Saint-Joseph and Saint-Louis, it is the 3rd most populated city. It is home to the island's second airport, thePierrefonds airport and its area of 96 km2 has a concentration of more than 85,000 inhabitants.
Presentation of the city of Saint-Pierre
Inhabited in 1671 by a few Malagasy immigrants fleeing the barbarism of Governor Jacques de la Heure, the city expanded at the start of the 18th century. Attached to St.Paul with its navy favorable to exports and its agricultural potential, Saint-Pierre is considered as the nugget of the coffee industry, then the sugar industry of Bourbon Island. It became a commune of Réunion in 1790 and developed fully with the construction of the Saint-Étienne Canal which was completed in 1826.
The city center of Saint-Pierre is ideally located at the edge of the coast, an urban space made up of apartments and shops. It is surrounded by several districts:
- Terre-Sainte to the east with a majority of houses which benefit from a certain tranquility, but also from quick access to the beach and the downtown marina;
- Ravine Blanche and Casabona to the west, city districts, the first provided with the small beach of Salahin and the second with an important sports complex;
- Basse Terre and Bassin Plat to the north which accommodate more homes.
What to do in the city of Saint-Pierre?
The Attyab Oul Massädjid mosque, one of the most beautiful on Reunion Island, can be visited outside prayer times, ask the person present that day. To continue in the visit of religious buildings, the church of Saint-Paul, which is indeed in Saint-Pierre, and its two bell towers await you on rue Auguste Babet.
Every Saturday you can enjoy the colorful fairground market of Saint-Pierre and end your day with a walk on the seafront to the small port, where you will find many bars and restaurants. The children will be able to play and enjoy the beach and its white sand.
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To find out more, visit the Saint-Pierre Town Hall