Top Attractions in La Reunion
A meeting of four elements in their extraordinary beauty, la Réunion marries water and fire, mountains and the sea, forest and sky… With its 2,500 square km, La Réunion has as much to offer as a continent. A hiking destination par excellence, this mountain in the ocean offers unique walks with plunging views in the vertical country sides to take the breath away. For ages, the most dazzling island in the Indian Ocean has seen its inhabitants mix and speak all languages, cultivating a spicy and savory art de vivre. Luxury hotels and family guest houses welcome lovers of calmness and authenticity.
At the southern end of the island, an impressive volcano delivers fire works and sometimes pours out burning tongues of fire into the ocean. The beautiful countryside whose faces are of rock and lava, of basalt and of still-smoking scoria, invite you to discover their mineral universe. At the heart of the three Cirques (Cilaos, Mafate, and Salazie), innumerable hiking paths allow you to cross tranquil villages, incredible forests, and perfumed and flowery gardens. On the coast, superb establishments offer the caress of waves and wind for a deserved seaside respite after all these walks. Large and small, parents and children, friends and families, divers, surfers, and swimmers regale all year
‘round on la Réunion.
Land of contrast
Nestled in the Indian Ocean, as large as Madagascar, La Réunion is a land of contrasts: coral reefs, white-sand beaches and coconut trees on the coasts, volcanoes and wild nature in the interior of the land. Mountains positioned against the water, the island is born from two volcanoes: le Piton des Neiges (the Snowy Peak) and le Piton de la Fournaise (the Furnace Peak). One can still admire the eruptions of the latter regularly. At the center of the island, gigantic collapses have formed three cirques opening onto the ocean through narrow gorges. Called Mafate, Cilaos, and Salazie, they bring joy to mountain-lovers. Inhabited up until the middle of the 17th century, and an
overseas department of France since 1946, this sheltered island today has 700,000 inhabitants of diverse origins (French, Madagascan, Indian, African).