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Introducing Castries

The main city of St Lucia is worth a stop as you transit from one of the islands to the other. Its best feature is the soaring Morne Fortune (2795ft) as its backdrop. Most of the city’s historic buildings were destroyed by major fires between 1785 and 1948, but it makes for an interesting stroll.

The markets are mostly given over to selling tat to cruise-ship passengers but you can find interest back in the recesses. But if possible avoid the charmless area of town along Jeremie St and the main port area.