A cultural melting pot as well as a tropical paradise, Noumea in New Caledonia mixes relaxation and history – and is perfect for those who like a bit of history with their holiday!
Here are some historical sites in to look out for:
The Church of La Conception
Built by missionaries in 1847, the church is one of the city’s oldest standing buildings and still remains a popular destination both for pilgrims and tourists.
Ouen Toro Lookout
Just south of Noumea, the Ouen Toro peninsular not only boasts picturesque views of the beaches and reefs surrounding the island but is also home to a US World War II memorial in honour of the US Forces who protected New Caledonia during the Pacific War from March 1942 to February 1946. Visit as a stop on the Tchou Tchou train.
The Jean-Marie Tjiboau Cultural Centre
A regular venue for films festivals and performance art, the Tjiboau Cultural Centre is arguably one of the most unique structures in the Pacific Islands and a definite must-see during a stay in Noumea. Named after French philosopher Jean Marie Tjibaou and designed to recognise the Kanak people as the original inhabitants of New Caledonia, architect Renzo Piano gave the ‘cases’ a deliberately unfinished appearance to demonstrate the still evolving Kanak culture.