Noumea in Review
Situated on a peninsula in the south of New Caledonia's main island (Grande Terre), Noumea is the capital city of the French territory of New Caledonia. If you are curious to discover a French way of life in the stunning natural surroundings of the South Pacific, this tropical paradise just a few hours from Australia is an exquisite travel destination.
It is a pleasure to stroll through Noumea along the Place des Cocotiers embellished by fabulous flame trees or wander around its monumental fountain and the old time music kiosk. In the Latin Quarter, Port Moselle is home to Noumea’s colourful markets and a great place to browse for bargains. For handy sightseeing, Le Petit Train (a miniature train) makes a scenic circuit between Noumea's city centre and main tourist area of Anse Vata, stopping at key sights along the way. Continue along the streets flanked by old colonial houses, the bays highlighted by hibiscus and bougainvilleas, the marina, an inspiring contemporary architectural design and on to beaches gently caressed by the trade winds, for everybody to enjoy, right in the heart of the city.
Don’t forget to visit Noumea's many museums such as the Museum of New Caledonia, the Maritime History Museum and The City of Noumea Museum and make sure you visit the unique Tjibaou Cultural Centre – one of Noumea’s iconic buildings.
Around Noumea you can indulge in scenic bush walks, water sport activities along the coast, luxury dining and all the treats that come with the exotic lifestyle of the South Pacific.
- From our editor A.Steenbhom – United States