Discovery tour of Reunion Island

Trip description

Climb up to the bucolic peaks and swim in a waterfall or dine at a table d'hôtes. Drive south to Sainte-Rose to see the old lava flows and the coast with its swollen cliffs. The magic of Reunion Island makes it possible to pass from one setting to another in a few kilometres. Colours, scents and panoramic views, the island knows how to satisfy its visitor

Day 1: Paris, Saint-Denis de La Réunion

Day 2: Road to the Salazie circus

Day 3: From Salazie to Plaine des Cafres

Day 4: Heading wild south

Day 5: On the road with 400 bends....

Day 6: The West Coast

Day 7: In the Saint-Gilles region

Day 8: Return to Saint-Denis

Day 9: Arrival in Paris

Day 1 : Paris, Saint-Denis de La Réunion

Night in flight, arrival, transfer to hotel or residence. Visit of Saint Denis, market, museum, etc.

Day 2 : Road to the Salazie circus

Day2 : Road to the Salazie circus ©Author's Image

Arrival in the Salazie Circus. Discovery of La Vanilleraie in Sainte-Suzanne. At Saint-André, up the Rivière du Mât in the middle of the waterfalls. Stop in front of the fall of the Bride Veil. Direction the village of Hell-Bourg in the Cirque de Salazie, classified among the most beautiful villages in France, by a succession of surprising green landscapes. Waterfalls and flowers cover the roads up to the top at nearly 1,000 m! The village that honours the Governor of Hell resembles a museum of Creole architecture: sharp ridges, tamarind shingles, exquisite lambrequins... Possibility to visit the Maison Folio, a residence with 3 gardens and precious wood furniture: a journey back in time to the days of hot springs. Take the opportunity to enjoy a dish based on "chouchou": the local cristophine.

Day 3 : From Salazie to Plaine des Cafres

Day3 : From Salazie to Plaine des Cafres ©Author's Image

By the coast road, direction St-Benoît in order to discover the green east coast of the island. Continue towards La Plaine des Cafres. Don't miss: The River of the Rocks, the Peace Basin, the sea, and the view of Takamaka. Discover the magnificent colourful forests of Bébour and Bélouve. Ascent to the Plaine des Cafres and overnight on site

Day 4 : Heading wild south

Day4 : Heading wild south ©François JANNE DOTHEE

This wild route will take you to the Wild South, to St Philippe via St Benoît and above all to the unmissable site of the Piton de la Fournaise volcano. Extension to the Nez de Boeuf at 2,070 m and its panorama overlooking the Rivière des Remparts. Stop at Commerson Crater, cross the Plaine des Sables, adorned with lunar landscapes. Visit of the Maison du Volcan in Bourg Murat. Stop at the Belvedere de Grand Bassin for a panoramic photo. Stop at St Philippe, the Garden of Perfumes and Spices. Stops at the wild beaches of Grand Anse and Manapany les Bains.

Day 5 : On the road with 400 bends....

Day5 : On the road with 400 bends.... ©Author's Image

Direction the circus of Cilaos through the city of Saint-Pierre. Located at the foot of the highest peaks of Reunion Island, Cilaos offers an unforgettable sight and spectacle. After a short stop at the Saint-Pierre market, visit the rum museum located in the heart of the Isautier distillery, it is the oldest family distillery on the island, founded in 1845. Stop at the picturesque village of Entre-Deux, which has retained its architectural authenticity. Road to the Circus and village of Cilaos from Saint-Louis by the road to the "400 bends".

Day 6 : The West Coast

Day6 : The West Coast ©Itzak Newmann - Iconotec

Cilaos, located at an average altitude of 1,300 metres, is a spa, sports and agricultural town, and it is here that we find the highest vineyards in France. Remember to have lunch on the spot or buy lenses very rich in iron, they are very famous. From the site of La Roche Merveilleuse we overlook the whole circus. Before arriving in Saint-Leu, stop at Trou du Souffleur and its surprising geysers! In St-Leu visit the Stella Matutina Museum, the Kélonia Marine Turtle Study Centre and the Conservatoire Botanique des Mascarins.

Day 7 : In the Saint-Gilles region

After the unforgettable views of the Cirque de Mafate and its 9,000 hectares of land, 27 km away, the road is lined with geranium, purple, pink or white fields. They like it here and make it known in an exuberant way. If you are in the area on a Friday, the Saint-Paul fairground market is a must. Vanilla, rums, Malagasy tablecloths, naive embroideries, homemade charcuterie, hats and bags made of woven cowhide, so many gift ideas for souvenirs.

Day 8 : Return to Saint-Denis

Another 50 short kilometres from Saint-Gilles along the coast to St-Denis. Depending on flight schedules, departure for the airport, return of the vehicle and flight to the Metropolis

Day 9 : Arrival in Paris

After a night flight, arrived in Paris

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