Africa and Indian Ocean


The Essential
Light years from the tropical island cliché with its cohort of sandy beaches and palm trees, Reunion island is a world apart. You will find unspoiled, pristine beaches, ideal for a relaxing dip between hikes, landscapes of amazing diversity and a volcano swathed in mystery. The peaceful capital of Saint Denis is a delight to explore with its shaded gardens and scents of spices!
The Hauts are where you will see the island's real treasures however. The cirques of Salazie, Mafate and Cilaos are depicted by vertiginous ramparts, jagged ridges and lush vegetation refreshed by waterfalls. Between these three gems, the magnificent dormant piton des Neiges volcano brings the promise of a hike rich in superlative viewpoints.
Yet the undisputed start is the piton de la Fournaise, an inoffensive if not inactive volcano. It attracts both families and amateur photographers, before they head down to bask on the beaches of the leeward coast and dig into a Sunday picnic, a genuine institution on the island. Join them and you will see how this multi-ethnic population has joyfully taken on board so many races and ideas. Reunion island is indeed worthy of its name!

Must see

Michelin's recommendations for La Réunion

Mafate Cirque Mafate Cirque
Mafate Cirque
Plaine des Sables Plaine des Sables
Plaine des Sables
La Grande-Ferme
Piton de la Fournaise Piton de la Fournaise
Piton de la Fournaise
Piton des Neiges Peak Piton des Neiges Peak
Piton des Neiges Peak
Nez de Boeuf Nez de Boeuf
Nez de Boeuf
Trois Roches Chasm Trois Roches Chasm
Trois Roches Chasm

Our reports

Top ten must-see sites on Reunion Island

This true Eden on earth has something for everyone, from immaculate white beaches to adventure hiking trails, without forgetting unique lush green vegetation.


A food lover’s tour of St-Denis de La Réunion

The best place to have lunch in St-Denis is undoubtedly the Barachois, the seafront park at the northern tip of the city where the history of the island once called l’Île Bourbon began. Choose a food shack – daily menus are posted outside – and order sarcives (when available), rougail (sausages or boucané), massalé or cari and a bottle of Dodo (local ale) or Cot (local lemonade) and then choose a table overlooking the sea, pull up a (wobbly) garden chair and enjoy your food.