WEL­COME TO CAS­TRIES!

A city of cul­ture

Tropical Traveller Magazine - - CASTRIES -

Ven­dors

spring up like mush­rooms on the side­walk as the sun rises. School­child­ren clutch­ing satchels run left and right to get to the bus stops. Cheer­ful chat­ter fills the air. Wel­come to Cas­tries! Founded in 1650, Cas­tries is a melt­ing pot of St. Lu­cian cul­ture and a ma­jor tourist at­trac­tion.

Re­cently named one of the top 3 mar­kets in the world by Na­tional Geo­graphic, the Cas­tries Mar­ket is a show­case of the is­land’s many ex­otic spices, fruits and veg­eta­bles. The Craft Mar­ket Con­tains the best of St. Lu­cian hand­i­crafts, with in­tri­cately hand wo­ven bas­kets and bags, jew­ellery and leather san­dals. Cas­tries Har­bour houses duty free shop­ping fa­cil­i­ties at Point Seraphine and La Place Care­nage.

St. Lu­cian his­tory is em­bed­ded in the streets of Cas­tries. Sev­eral gov­ern­ment build­ings dot the water­front. Land­marks such as the Cathe­dral of the Im­mac­u­late Con­cep­tion, Derek Wal­cott Square and Fort Char­lotte are only a hand­ful of the at­trac­tions that can be found in the city. Cas­tries has a well-es­tab­lished and re­li­able bus and taxi sys­tem, pro­vid­ing routes to all the other dis­tricts in St. Lu­cia. There is also a ferry ser­vice that goes be­tween Cas­tries and Fort-deFrance in Mar­tinique. Though the cruise ships are the largest boats to dock in Cas­tries, yachts are also free to an­chor in the area pro­vid­ing that they first clear cus­toms.

Truly is a busy Caribbean cap­i­tal, there is so much of St. Lu­cia con­cen­trated in the down­town area that you can ex­pe­ri­ence a lit­tle bit of every­thing.

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