A little piece of France in the Pacific! With its French Riviera atmosphere and its luxury boutiques, Noumea deserves this title without a doubt. Founded in 1860, Noumea blends together heritage, entertainment and leisure activities.
In the heart of the city, La Place des Cocotiers and its famous bandstand is the place where people love to stroll. In the luxuriant gardens, under the shade of flame trees, the Nouméens love to come and enjoy a quick lunch or just rest for a while. Also downtown, Chinatown with its colourful shops and Asian snacks will offer you a surprising change of scenery.
A short distance away, the Quartier Latin (the Latin Quarter), Faubourg Blanchot and the old districts of the Vallée du Tir and Vallée des Colons display a colonial ambience, with old wooden houses, ironwork decorations and flowering gardens of hibiscus and bougainvillea.
Famous for its bays stretching all along the peninsula, Noumea is a pleasant city to holiday. L'Anse Vata and the Baie des Citrons on the coastline are the busiest places. Paradise for kitesurfers and windsurfers, the bays are also destinations of choice for families, cyclists and joggers. The bays are also Paradise for night owls, with any number of pavement cafes, and stunning views of the sun setting over the Pacific.