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St Helena


Almost impossibly remote, St Helena adrift in the Atlantic midway between Africa and South America is almost as isolated as it's possible to be.

Home to just 7,000 people, the island's most famous resident was Napoleon Bonaparte, who spent seven years here in exile in the wake of his defeat at Waterloo in 1815; Longwood House, where he died, is maintained as a museum although his body was removed and returned to Paris.

Visitors to the island can explore the capital Jamestown, nestled snugly in a valley, investigate St Helena's military past through its forts and batteries, climb the 699 steps of Jacob's Ladder, which was originally used to move goods, or go in search of the island's endemic birds and wildlife.

At a glance

Flying time from UK
9½ hours

Time zone

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Entry permit required

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