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Saint Helena Travel


An island of volcanic origin and one of the most isolated islands in the world, named after St. Helena of Constantinople is a British overseas territory in the South Atlantic Ocean that consist of the island of Saint Helena and the dependencies of Tristan da Cunha and Ascension Island.

Saint Helena travel

Saint Helena is famous for being Napoleon's place of exile after Waterloo . Napoleon lived in here until his death in 1821, and the place he stayed, the Longwood House, is said to be the best Napoleonic museum in the world, since there are his furnishings, possessions, even a lock of his hair on a display. Prior to living in Longwood House, Napoleon stayed at the Briars Pavilion, which has been restored to its original appearance. Napoleon had been laid to rest in the Valley of the Tombs until his body was returned to France in 1840.

There are many other things to be seen in Jamestown , the capital of Saint Helena: The Castle – seat of St. Helena government, the Plantation House – residence of the governors, St. Paul 's Cathedral, Diana's Peak and Sandy Bay . St. Helena is a great place for scuba diving, hiking, sport fishing… and even for playing golf! The island is also known for its gourmet coffee.

Visiting Ascension Island and Tristan da Cunha is a great idea.

Saint Helena travel

There are a few historic sites in the capital of Georgetown – there's a small Roman Catholic Church, the “Grotto” and the remains of what used to be a mosque that was built during the Muslim occupation. Interestingly, Georgetown has four pubs, and at least one of them is always open for tired travelers. Ascension Island is also known for its green turtles that come to the beach from January to May to lay eggs. There are 44 volcanic craters, a beautiful Green Mountain National Park in the center of the island and a plantation of Norfolk pine trees.

The island of Tristan da Cunha offers incredible sights - it has abundant wildlife and it is a great place for hikers. There are also a peculiar craft shop, fishing village and a museum many find interesting.

There are plans for an airport in 2010, but for now, the only way to get on or off the island is by The Royal Mail Ship St Helena that reaches Saint Helena once every two weeks, or by a private boat. There are tours that can be arranged through Tourist Office, Public Transport, taxis or car rentals. Driving is on the left side. Taxis don't have meters so the price should be settled before the journey. Bus service is limited –timetables can be found in the Tourist Office.

The climate is kept mild, but the weather can be very changeable. There are contrasts between the capital and the inland – temperatures in the central areas are a bit lower.

 
 
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