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St Helena

St Helena

Untouched beauty, far from home


Almost impossibly remote, the island of St Helena, adrift in the Atlantic midway between Africa and South America, is about 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.

At just ten miles long and six-and-a-half miles wide, St Helena is certainly small, but with everything from extinct volcanoes to verdant jungles and waters rich in marine life – bottlenose dolphins and humpback whales are both regularly sighted – there's certainly plenty to see. Indeed, 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 unique natural world.

And, with the 2017 opening of a new  international airport, a destination that could previously be reached by sea, has all of a sudden become far more accessible.

At a glance

Flying time from UK
9½ hours

Time zone

Travel advice
Entry permit required

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