Theme Week New Caledonia – Pouembout

26 September 2015 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

Traditional architecture © Torbenbrinker/cc-by-sa-3.0

Traditional architecture © Torbenbrinker/cc-by-sa-3.0

Pouembout is a commune in the North Province. It is located 258 km north-west of Noumea on the main island Grande Terre and also includes some small islands off the coast of the main island. The highest elevation is the Massif de Kopeto 1134 m.   read more…

Theme Week New Caledonia – Koné

25 September 2015 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

Cultural Center © Torbenbrinker/cc-by-sa-3.0

Cultural Center © Torbenbrinker/cc-by-sa-3.0

Koné is a commune in the North Province. Koné is the provincial seat of the North Province. Besides Koné as the largest district are Koniambo and Tiaoué as the smallest settlements of the municipality. Ten different tribes live in the municipality of Koné. Koné is due to the humid west coast of the largest island of New Caledonia Grande Terre and also includes Île Pingiane an off the coast island. Inland, the town is dominated by a mountain range, which rises to 1041 m altitude. The highest point of the municipality is located at 1014 m near the peak of Atheu. Koné has a small airport which is located approximately 2 km away from city center.   read more…

Theme Week New Caledonia – Le Mont-Dore

24 September 2015 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

Town Hall © Torbenbrinker/cc-by-sa-3.0

Town Hall © Torbenbrinker/cc-by-sa-3.0

Le Mont-Dore is a commune in the suburbs of Nouméa in the South Province on the Pacific Ocean. Le Mont-Dore is the second largest city of New Caledonia and center of a joint community. It is geographically very vast and mostly lies on the main island Grande Terre, but also other small islands off the coast, such as Ile Ouen, belong to it. To the east of the city, the 772 m high Mont Dore rises, from which one has a wonderful view over the small offshore islands Bailly and Charron. The district of Plum is set on the picturesque Baie de Monea.   read more…

Theme Week New Caledonia – Païta

23 September 2015 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

High Street © Torbenbrinker/cc-by-sa-3.0

High Street © Torbenbrinker/cc-by-sa-3.0

Païta is a commune in the suburbs of Nouméa in the South Province. New Caledonia’s international airport, La Tontouta International Airport, is located there.   read more…

Theme Week New Caledonia – Nouméa

22 September 2015 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

Nouméa © Torbenbrinker/cc-by-sa-3.0

Nouméa © Torbenbrinker/cc-by-sa-3.0

Nouméa is the capital city of New Caledonia. It is situated on a peninsula in the south of New Caledonia’s main island, Grande Terre, and is home to the majority of the island’s European, Polynesian (Wallisians, Futunians, Tahitians), Indonesian, and Vietnamese populations, as well as many Melanesians, Ni-Vanuatu and Kanaks that work in one of the South Pacific‘s most industrialised cities. The city lies on a protected deepwater harbour which serves as the chief port for New Caledonia. There are 180,000 inhabitants in the metropolitan area of Greater Nouméa (French: agglomération du Grand Nouméa), 100,000 of whom lived in the city (commune) of Nouméa proper.   read more…

Theme Week New Caledonia

21 September 2015 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Theme Weeks, UNESCO World Heritage

Île des Pins - Traditional pirogue © Bruno.Menetrier

Île des Pins – Traditional pirogue © Bruno.Menetrier

New Caledonia is a special collectivity of France located in the southwest Pacific Ocean, 1,210 km (750 mi) east of Australia and 16,136 km (10,026 mi) east of Metropolitan France. The archipelago, part of the Melanesia subregion, includes the main island of Grande Terre, the Loyalty Islands, the Chesterfield Islands, the Belep archipelago, the Isle of Pines, and a few remote islets. The Chesterfield Islands are in the Coral Sea. Locals refer to Grande Terre as Le Caillou (“the pebble”). New Caledonia has a land area of 18,576 km2 (7,172 sq mi). Its population is at 269,000.   read more…

Overview Theme Weeks

27 December 2011 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Theme Weeks

Theme Weeks In irregular intervals we publish Theme Weeks about cities, regions, and countries. Here you can find the complete list.   read more…

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Country overview

9 November 2011 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

In addition to the regular search function, a country overview is available here. Click on the country name to see all currently available blog entries.   read more…

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