Saint-martin

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Dubbed the ‘Friendly Is­land’ Saint-martin is just 37 square miles but packs in a di­verse se­lec­tion of at­trac­tions against a back­drop of flam­ing bright red, or­ange and yel­low flam­boy­ant trees and white sands. Take a walk on the wild side and ex­plore the hills on a zip-line or by horse­back. Or dis­cover a wa­ter­sports par­adise, where you can sail to hid­den coves or dive into an un­der­sea world of vi­brant trop­i­cal fish. If that sounds like too much, then just re­lax in the balmy sun­shine of one of Saint-martin’s beaches, where turquoise wa­ters lap at pow­der-white sands. Saint-martin is a des­ti­na­tion to nour­ish the mind and the body. It’s a land of po­ets and artists and of­fers a gas­tron­omy scene to ri­val the best of Europe. Savour the cul­ture of fine din­ing or the ad­ven­ture of ex­quis­ite lo­cal cui­sine in Marigot – where suc­cu­lent lob­ster meets lo­cal spices.

FAST FACTS KEY EVENT

The lo­cal cur­rency is the euro but vis­i­tors can also use the US dol­lar and the guilder/ florin.

Saint-martin’s most fa­mous dish is conch and dumpling

For a taste of Sain­tMartin’s gas­tron­omy, mu­sic, arts and crafts, head to Grand Case ev­ery Tues­day night from Jan­uary to April, where the is­land’s cul­ture is show­cased for all to see. The Sea Fes­ti­val takes place on the last week­end of May, in­clud­ing en­ter­tain­ment on land and ac­tiv­i­ties on sea, such as sail­ing.

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