You’ve come to the right place. With its extraordinarily varied terrain, Réunion is a destination for lovers of the outdoors. Some of the most inspirational hiking trails in the southern hemisphere are to be found here, from simple nature trails in the forest to more challenging, multi-day itineraries and iconic summits, including the Piton des Neiges (3071m). Paragliding, canyoning, mountain biking, rafting and horse riding are readily available. And although Réunion is not a hardcore diver’s destination, it offers diving opportunities along the west coast.
Its scenically magical island enjoys a truly astonishing diversity of landscapes. Awesome mountainscapes, emerald forests, tumbling waterfalls, soul-stirring panoramas, energetic coastal cities and a sprinkling of white- or black-sand beaches. The formidable Piton de la Fournaise, one of the world’s most accessible active volcanoes, adds to the thrill – Réunion is not dubbed ‘the Hawaii of the southern hemisphere’ for nothing. And as if living on an active volcano weren’t enough, Réunion has three Cirques (calderas) with folk living in them.
Réunion is not all about photogenic landscapes and adrenaline-pumping activities. There is plenty to compel culture aficionados, too. This French overseas territory offers a fascinating jumble of Creole, African, Indian, Chinese and French influences that was created by centuries of immigration, and there is a casual multi-ethnic atmosphere. Cultural diversity forms an integral component of the island’s social fabric. There’s a wealth of architectural treasures, historic sites, delightful religious and colonial buildings and vibrant festivals that are a great occasion to immerse oneself in local culture. A smattering of top-notch museums round out the offerings.
Gourmands will be in seventh heaven in Réunion. Island cuisine is made up of a well-matched mix of Creole, Indian, Chinese and French cultures. Food lovers will revel in beach restaurants serving the fresh fish, and in snug restaurants featuring mouth-watering Creole specialties. Markets are full of colourful exotic fruits and vegetables, from sweet bananas and huge avocados to succulent mangoes and lychees. You’ll also find plenty of bakeries and pastry shops selling baguettes, croissants and melt-in-your-mouth cakes. If you are on diet then Réunion is not a place to diet.
Piton de la Fournaise, an active basaltic volcano.
It is the undisputable star of Reunion Island, and one of the most active volcanoes on the planet. Several times a year, the Piton de la Fournaise lays on a spectacular show with technicolour eruptions and lava flows.
- Its highest point is 2632m above the sea level.
- The Volcano is located inside the Reunion National Park and also a world heritage Site.
- Reunion was initially one giant volcano and is about 3 million years old.
- Le Volcano is one of the most active Volcanos in the world with more than 150 eruptions since the 17th Century.
- This volcano is actually one of two on the island and is an estimated to be 5,30,000 Years old.