Remnants of old and unjust empires can still be seen in some corners of the world. It is the case of the Reunion Island, one of the current French overseas territories located in the Indian Ocean.
Reunion Island is close to Madagascar and has some really beautiful landscapes. Do you want to go on vacation to this fantastic corner of the world? Here we go.
The island has about 2500 square kilometers surface and is of volcanic origin. In fact, its active volcano rises about 2630 meters in altitude and it is very similar to the powerful and alive volcanoes of Hawaii. It is an active volcano, has had a hundred eruptions since the seventeenth century to date and since it is not the only Snape de la Fournaise is accompanied by the Python des Neiges, you always have to be alert.
The island enjoys a tropical climate, but the altitude makes it oscillate. Thus, it rains a lot and it is hot between November and April and it is cooler between May and November. It is this climate and its geological activity that endow the island with an iincredible natural life. There is a great variety of endemic birds and beautiful plants, but it also has wonders on the coast, under the sea, with its incredible Coral reef.
It preserves its main economic activity, the cane sugar production, but practically everything that is most important matters, both energy and food. Its population does not reach a million inhabitants and there is a melting pot of races, between Indians, Africans, Malagasy and Europeans. Being a French overseas territory here the official language is French, but Creole is also widely spoken.
A trip to Reunion Island
The island is full of contrasts, it is unique. It may not be as popular as some of its neighbors, Mauritius or the Seychelles, but if you want to escape popular routes it is an excellent destination.
It has an active volcano, beaches with crystal clear and warm waters, mountains and forests. With these views you can do everything, from lying down to sunbathing and nothing else to moving restlessly around doing everything.
The interior of Reunion Island is mountainous and rugged. Here's a dormant volcano, Salazies Mountain, to the west. There is also the Gran Brule Mountain, in the east, and of course, the awake volcano, the Python de la Fournaise and the sleeping volcano, the Python des Nieges with little more than 3 meters high.
There three boilers or circuses that dominate their internal geography and are seen as natural amphitheaters. A caldera is a volcano that collapsed on itself so it is an unforgettable postcard. The hips are Salazie, Cilaos and Mafate. They all have their own thing: either they are perfect for hiking, or for canoeing, or cycling, from mountain village to mountain village. There is no one more beautiful than another. They all are.
The Cirque de Salazie is the largest and greenest caldera of three. It has a deep and long barrel, bordered by more than 100 waterfalls and valleys and rolling hills. The Le Voille de la Marièe waterfall is one of the most wonderful places here. The millions of drops of its spray look like a tulle ... Here you can also go canoeing through its deep canyons and visit the picturesque Hell-Bourg village, well French.
The Cirque de Cilaos it's another wonder, covered in flowers and forests and ponds and waterfalls. Canoes are also popular, as is climbing or hiking the caldera. There are many trails and some lead you to the Cilaos village, with its vineyards or the village The Wonderful Rock, with thermal baths. This caldera is right in the center of the island. Further northwest is the Cirque of Mafate.
This boiler it is totally surrounded by mountains and it is a very wild destiny to which you only arrive by helicopter or on foot. There are no paved roads, no cars, so there are only hikers. In general, visitors come here from the other two boilers, which can be reached by car if you want. The idea of arriving by air, anyway, is tremendous.
This third boiler it only has one village. People only arrived in the XNUMXth century, they were slaves escaping from their owners. The only village here is, then, The new. It has no electricity, only solar panels or diesel generators. A distant and rare destination.
About Us the coast of Reunion Island, friendlier people, is that they are located cities and villages. The west coast owns quiet beaches where to practice many water sports. Those who love the snorkeling and diving they have the city of St-Gilles-les-Bains Well, there are only coral reefs there. Unlike, St Leu it is ideal for surfers and people who want to stroll through markets and get to know the culture Creole.
The north coast has the city of St Denis, the magnet for tourists as it offers both beaches and mountains. Here is also restaurants, hotels, art galleries, gardens .... The east coast is where the sugar cane and vanilla plantations and stately homes are. Mind you, the coast here is very wild.
Finally, the two volcano friends: Piton des Neiges and Piton de la Fournaise. Piton des Neiges is 3070 meters high and overlooks the island. It is in the north central region and is an eroded volcano that has been dormant for about two thousand years. It has a route that leads to the top although it is not very difficult to get there on foot. There is a biological reserve on its beautiful slopes.
For its part, the Piton de la Fournaise is in the southeast corner of the island. It is one of the most active volcanoes in the world and is 2631 meters high. Obviously, it is the most popular attraction on Reunion Island. So, Reunion Island is for lovers of beautiful but extreme nature. Does he have his thing to integrate your list of possible destinations after this miserable pandemic?