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Saint-Pierre and Miquelon – an archipelago in the Atlantic Ocean (Atlantic Ocean) near the coast of Canada (Canada), belonging to France (France) and having the status of an overseas community. The capital is Saint-Pierre.
The climate is temperate sea with cool and wet weather. The best time to relax on these islands are the summer months.
The official language is French. The vast majority of residents are Catholics.
Due to the remoteness of the archipelago from Europe (Europe) and its very modest tourist potential, it does not make sense to plan holidays only on St. Pierre and Miquelon. Most vacationers visit these islands as part of a large sightseeing tour of eastern Canada (Eastern Canada). The main tourist destinations is the inspection of a few attractions, as well as yachting.
Although the islands were inhabited by people a few thousand years ago, vacationers will not be able to find the ancient monuments of civilization. Of interest is the modern look of a single city and small settlements, which resemble small French villages of the beginning of the 20th century.
The economy of the archipelago has always been fishing. When this industry began to experience difficulties, many fishermen switched to serving tourists, offering them a variety of entertainment options in the Atlantic Ocean. Guests of the archipelago can book an excursion along the coast, rent a yacht for independent access to the ocean. At St. Pierre and Miquelon, there is a yacht school, where beginners will be taught to handle the sail.
A separate category of travelers is planning a trip to St. Pierre and Miquelon in order to enjoy the harsh and at the same time pacifying beauty of this distant land.
How to get there
There are no direct flights from Europe to St. Pierre and Miquelon. You can get with transfers through Canada. Most often, European tourists and their fellow travelers fly to the Canadian cities of St. John’s (Saint John’s) and Halifax (Halifax), from which there are flights to two airports in the archipelago.
The ferry connects the islands with the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador. St. Pierre and Miquelon are one of the stages of the route for many cruise liners plying in the summer in the North Atlantic. You can get to the archipelago on a rented or own yacht.
Tourists from the European Union (European Union) and other Western European countries (Western Europe) who wish to travel to Saint-Pierre and Miquelon can stay on the islands without a visa for an unlimited period. Residents of Moldova (Moldova) and the Balkan states can enter without a visa, but for a period not exceeding 90 days. Visa-free entry is provided for persons holding a residence permit in one of the countries of the Schengen zone, or a French Schengen visa issued for a period of at least six months.
Tourists from CIS countries (CIS) who wish to organize a vacation on Saint-Pierre and Miquelon, but who do not fall into any of the above categories, should receive a special visa to visit the archipelago in the French consulate or visa center. You can submit documents personally, through a close relative or an accredited travel agency.
Visa registration takes at least ten days.
Import and export of any currency on Saint-Pierre and Miquelon is not limited, but the amount of more than 7,000 should be declared.
Coming on vacation to the islands, you can take with you duty free:
- some alcohol and tobacco;
- small amount of tea and coffee;
- perfumes for personal use;
- food (worth up to 15 euros).
It is prohibited to bring into the islands:
- medications (without a prescription from a doctor);
- rare animals and plants;
- historical values.
Tourists are prohibited from exporting from the archipelago:
- representatives of endangered species of flora and fauna;
- items of historical value.
The inhabitants of Saint-Pierre and Miquelon are proud to have managed to preserve the culture of the metropolis, and, despite the geographical distance from the historical homeland, the way of life on the islands differs little from the usual French heartland. For this reason, the islanders ’gastronomic predilections are completely based on classic French cuisine with a slight influence of the culinary traditions of the Spaniards and North American Indians.
Meat on the archipelago is almost always imported. It is prepared according to classic French recipes. Parisian veal Extras, spicy pork Roll sartoi, tripe in white wine sauce, roast pigeon, chicken in wine sauce – all this can be tasted during a trip to Saint Pierre and Miquelon.
Soups offered to the attention of tourists and their fellow travelers in the restaurants of the archipelago will make you feel like a guest of a typical Parisian restaurant. Local chefs cook perfectly Saint Germain cream soup and Piste vegetable soup.
Although the French cuisine was originally quite a lot of fish and seafood, on the islands their importance is even more significant. Guests who visited Saint-Pierre and Miquelon during their journey will be offered hundreds of delicacies of boiled or fried fish, crabs, lobsters and shrimps. Not only classic French recipes are used, but also recipes for local inventions, such as crab lasagna with mussels.
Travelers will definitely notice the influence of the culinary traditions of the New World. Tourists can order in the local restaurants completely non-European dishes, for example, fried bananas Tostones.
When planning a vacation on Saint-Pierre and Miquelon, you can always expect that any meal will end with delicious desserts that even experienced gastronomic tourists will appreciate. Famous French souffles, quiche cakes, chocolate sponge cakes, waffles and ice cream are just some of the variety of sweets available.
The main soft drink among the islanders is coffee, which is brewed according to the same classic French recipes.
Alcohol is represented mainly by wines from the metropolis, since local climatic conditions are unsuitable for winemaking.
The islands use a common European currency, euro (EUR), equal to 100 eurocentes. 5–500 euro banknotes and coins from 1 euro cent to 2 euro are used.
European money can be bought before the start of the holiday, since they are among the major world currencies. On the territory of St. Pierre and Miquelon, foreign currency exchange takes place in bank branches and in exchange offices. Foreign currency converted into euros, but not spent during the trip, can only be exchanged back within 500 euros.
The proximity to the United States (United States of America) and Canada, from which the main stream of holidaymakers arrives, forces all outlets and service establishments to accept the currencies of both countries, although they do so reluctantly.
Credit cards of major payment systems are accepted everywhere. ATMs are located in bank branches and in several business areas of a single city. On the island of Miquelon, according to available information, only one ATM operates.
Traveler’s checks are easy to cash in any bank or exchanger, they are also accepted by rental offices of the islands. The most convenient way to use checks in euros and US dollars.
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Sights of Saint Pierre and Miquelon
On the territory of St. Pierre and Miquelon there is not a single object from the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. However, tourists and their fellow travelers will be able to look at the main attractions of the archipelago of particular tourist interest.
- Il-o-Marin (L’Ile-aux-Marins) is a small island near the island of Saint-Pierre, which has remains of ancient fishing buildings, which are an open-air museum.
- Grand Barachois Lagoon (Grand Barachoislagoon) is a large lagoon on Miquelon Island, where sea mammals and birds like to relax.
- Dune (La Dune) – 13 km sand bar on Miquelon.
- The central part of the city of Saint-Pierre has preserved several old buildings of interest for a small sightseeing tour.
- Pointe-aux-Cannon Battery (Pointe aux Cannon Battery) is a set of old guns from the times of the Crimean War, installed on the site of a vanished fort defending an island in the XVII – XVIII centuries.
- The cemetery of Saint Pierre (Cemetery of Saint-Pierre) is an old city cemetery with an unusual combination of traditional French and North American styles.
- The lighthouse Galantry (Le phare de Galantry) on the island of Saint-Pierre is a modern lighthouse, popular with tourists traveling on the island. The lighthouse gained fame for its sonorous “voice”, dissoning with the relaxed and calm atmosphere of the island, especially in calm and foggy weather.
- Tourists expect island museums, where you can learn a lot about the history of the island and the living conditions of its inhabitants in the past.
Souvenirs of Saint Pierre and Miquelon
At the end of the rest of the archipelago tourists are driving home:
- products of folk craftsmen;
- T-shirts, key rings, caps and cups with island landscapes printed on them;