Saint-Pierre, Réunion

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Location
21°20'30"S
055°28'40"E
Country
 France
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Description

Saint Pierre (French pronunciation: ​[sɛ̃.pjɛʁ]) is the third-largest commune in the French overseas department and region of Réunion. Located on the southwest side of the island, it is the capital of the French Southern and Antarctic Lands. It developed from a port built from 1854 to 1882, which was used for the trade between Asia and Europe. Today, it features 400 sites for fishing and pleasure boats, while most of the commercial traffic moved north to Le Port.

Geography

The town of Saint-Pierre is at the beginning of the only major road N3 across the island. From here, the road leads to Le Tampon, La Plaine des Cafres and Bourg Murat. From that area, there is a relatively easy access to the Piton de la Fournaise and a starting point of many excursions.

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Transportation

Pierrefonds Airport is located 5.5 kilometres outside of the commune. Opened in 1999, this is a small airport for commercial traffic. It has an IATA code of ZSE.

Population

Accommodations

There are no major hotels in Saint-Pierre. Comfort is only available at smaller houses such as converted Creole mansions and villas.

Twin towns-Sister cities

Saint-Pierre is twinned with Beau-Bassin Rose-Hill, Mauritius.
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