In 1854, a French naval officer, Tardy de Montravel, charmed by the natural port of Noumea, laid claim to the site. Since then Noumea has been discovered and fashioned by sailors and missionaries, governed by the military, who initially named it Port de France and turned into the Headquarters of the U.S. army during the Pacific War.
Noumea has progressively evolved while retaining the successive marks of its past. Noumea is now a garden city, where urbanization and nature blend harmoniously, an attractive modern capital in the South Pacific: France showcase in the region.
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It is a pleasure to stroll through Noumea along the Place des Cocotiers embellished by fabulous flame trees, around its monumental fountain and the old time music kiosk. Continue along the streets flanked by old colonial houses, the bays highlighted by hibiscus and bougainvilleas, the marina, an inspiring contemporary architectural design and on to beaches gently caressed by the trade winds, for everybody to enjoy, right in the heart of the city.