Jardin d'Essai


These bayside botanical gardens date to the first years of French occupation and today they are a sprawling natural hothouse. It's a place of outstanding beauty with avenues of palms and stands of exotic trees. To escape here from the city centre, take the metro to the Jardin d'Essai stop.

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