Saint-Denis is a port city and capital of La Reunion - overseas territory of France located in Indian Ocean. The town is located on Reunion Island's northernmost tip, The country has population around 870,000, of which around 147,000 live in Saint-Denis (metro over 200,000).
Reunion Island (then uninhabited) was discovered by the Europeans (Portuguese) in 1507. Saint-Denis was founded in 1669 and became Reunion's capital in 1738. Reunion Island was settled mainly by immigrants from France and slaves from Madagascar (Africa). Slavery on the island was officially abolished on December 20, 1848 (annually celebrated as national holiday).
The closest airport (Roland Garros) is also country's main international airport. Largest hotels in Saint-Denis are Mercure Creolia, Austral, and Best Western.
Saint-Denis cruise terminal
Being tendering cruise port, cruise ships to Saint-Denis (Reunion) anchor at sea and transport their passengers ashore via the ship's tender boats.