Le Barachois


This seafront park, lined by cannons facing out to sea, is a good place to catch the sea breeze in St-Denis. It has an area set aside for pétanque (a game similar to bowls), cafes and a monument to the Réunion-born aviator Roland Garros, leaning nonchalantly on a propeller.

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Nearby Réunion attractions

1. Roland Garros Monument

0.16 MILES

On the waterfront, this statue honours the Réunion-born aviator Roland Garros, leaning nonchalantly on a propeller. Roland Garros was the first to fly…

2. Palais Rontaunay

0.24 MILES

Built in 1854, the Palais Rontaunay is a bourgeois villa that has preserved the elegant style of the 19th century.

3. Maison Kichenin

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This perfectly preserved Creole mansion was built in the 1790s and is considered one of the oldest of its kind in St-Denis. The well-proportioned fountain…

4. Préfecture


One of the grandest buildings in St-Denis, the Préfecture began life as a coffee warehouse in 1734 and later served as the headquarters of the French East…

5. Cathédrale de St-Denis

0.33 MILES

Ambling down Ave de la Victoire, you'll come across the Tuscan-style Cathédrale de St-Denis, which was constructed between 1829 and 1832. As a cathedral…

6. Former Hôtel de Ville

0.45 MILES

Many consider the neoclassical Former Hôtel de Ville, at the north end of Rue de Paris, to be the city's most beautiful building. It's certainly very…

7. Maison Deramond-Barre

0.52 MILES

This colonial structure dating from the 1830s was the family home of former French prime minister Raymond Barre and the birthplace of the poet and painter…

8. Mosquée Noor E Islam

0.52 MILES

One of St-Denis' most iconic buildings, the Grande Mosquée dominates the centre with its tall minaret. Its cool white-and-green interior is a haven of…