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Mountains to the Beach: how to enjoy seven stunning days in Saint Lucia

Mountains to the Beach: how to enjoy seven stunning days in Saint Lucia

Saint Lucia is known for its stunning beaches set against a backdrop of lush greenery. It’s home to luxury resorts and boutique stays, and it’s won ‘Leading honeymoon destination’ 15 times at the World Travel Awards while also being a magnet for families and solo travellers.

The island provides a versatile and vibrant holiday for every taste, and with flexible payment options, generous baggage allowance and famously high standards of hotels and car hire, there’s no better way to travel to this paradise island than with British Airways Holidays. So here’s our guide to having a fun-packed week in this Caribbean haven…

Day one: The Volcanic Pitons

A four-hour guided trek up Gros Piton is a challenge, but rewards hikers with remarkable views of the island (Alamy)

One of the most striking things about Saint Lucia’s stunning scenery are the UNESCO protected Gros and Petit Pitons: the two green volcanic spire mountains that sit behind the sea and sand in nearly every postcard picture of the island. The more challenging Petit Piton requires permission to climb, so most hikers opt instead for the four-hour guided trek up Gros Piton – still challenging but the views along the way, and indeed from the top, make it worth it. For something more laidback, you can enjoy great views of the Pitons from the nearby Tet Paul Nature Trail, which is a much easier 45-minute hike.

Day two: Soufrière Sulphur Springs

This district on the west of the island near the Pitons is a geothermally active area, named for the sulphurous aromas created by the dormant volcanoes. The Sulphur Springs with natural hot mud baths for a dip are a must-visit, as is Soufrière town for its pastel-hued French colonial architecture. Dine at Orlando’s, one of the Island’s most famous eateries, opting for a grilled triggerfish and fried plantain lunch or the five-course set dinner – with the menu changing every night. Other highlights include diving in Soufrière Bay, wandering around Diamond Falls Botanical Garden and the tree-to-bar experience of making your own treats at Project Chocolat.

Day three: Pigeon Island National Park

This small ‘island’ with its two peaks and two beaches, named after the birds that once flocked to its shores, was actually separate from the mainland until a causeway was built around 1972. The island was given National Park status in 1979 and then National Landmark in 1992. Go for the panoramic views, a hike of Signal Peak and Rodney Fort, secret…

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