What to see in Reunion
Réunion is a fascinating geological destination with rugged valleys and volcanic landscapes fringed by lush forest. This vaguely otherworldly combination of features is strikingly beautiful and will certainly delight nature lovers - particularly those who seek something a little different.
Intrepid visitors should head to the Plaine des Sables, a stark ash and lava rock plain at the foot of Réunion's volcano that feels rather lunar-like. The Piton de la Fournaise Volcano, the only active volcano on the island, and indeed one of the most active in the world, is accessible to adventurers. The Riviere des Remparts Canyon is a steep and beautiful river valley, while the three cirques, deep circular canyons, lure visitors with scenic overlooks and thrilling hiking trails.
Of course, Réunion is also a celebrated beach getaway; its tropical climate and lovely coastline among the chief reasons holidaymakers flock here. Visitors should note that the beaches on the western coast of the island, between St Gilles-les-Bains and Hermitage-les-Bains (where many hotels can be found), are sandy and comparatively safe, making this the best stretch of coastline for families and those seeking calmer waters. Much of Réunion's coast, though beautiful, is rocky, with rough surf. Those keen for a snorkel or a swim should also bear in mind that shark attacks do occur off the coast of the island, although very rarely, and it is worth researching where the attacks most commonly take place and consulting locals and the coast guards when in doubt.
Those fond of marine life should visit the Kelonia Marine Turtle Observatory, which is dedicated to the study and conservation of Réunion's resident turtles.
Rising 8,635 feet (2,632m) above sea level,Piton de la Fournaise is one of Reunion's principal attractions and one of the world's most active volcanoes. Its high cliffs, deep craters,…
Close to Saint-Paul, on the northwestern side of the island, Saint-Gilles-les-Bains is a highly popular weekend destination, boasting a beautiful lagoon and gorgeous white-sand…
Réunion is blessed with spectacular natural beauty and the island's three main cirques are among its most remarkable features. A cirque (or caldera) is a natural amphitheatre…
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