Trace the French influence on the Isle of Pines, beginning at the Kuto wharf, where thousands of deported French prisoners landed in the 19th century. They were incarcerated in the island's five penal colonies, one of which you will see in the commune of Ouro. Although most of it is in ruins and overrun with vegetation, the penal colony remains notorious. You will see its cemetery with hundreds of unmarked graves, the remains of prison cells where the worst offenders were held and a convict-built water tower that is still used today.
Over a 30-year stretch, more than 20,000 convicts were imprisoned on the Isle of Pines, many of them political prisoners. You will have the opportunity to discuss the horrific penal colonies while meandering the garden and beach at the restaurant Chez Lylone. It is an appropriate setting as the grounds were once part of a penal colony.