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  • 1 Piton des Neiges Peak Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    The Piton des Neiges, the highest peak on Réunion, rises to 3 070m on the edge of the Cilaos, Salazie and Mafate cirques. A now dormant volcano, it was at the origin of the island's creation. A challenging trek to the summit is rewarded with wonderfu..

  • 2 La Fenêtre Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    At the end of a pretty forest road lined with blue hydrangeas, La Fenêtre affords an extraordinary view of the Cirque de Cilaos and the striking silhouettes of Grand Bénare (2,896m), Trois Salazes, Piton des Neiges (3,070m) and Dimitile. This is also..

  • 3 Cirque de Cilaos Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    With its sharp relief, vertiginous ramparts and subtle light, Cilaos was made to inspire painters and poets. Its courteous and hospitable inhabitants, ancestral specialities - lentils, wine and embroidery - and salutary hot springs contribute to the ..

  • 4 Taïbit Pass Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    To enjoy an extraordinary view of Cilaos, the three rocky peaks of the Trois Salazes and Mafate you'll need to climb 800m to the Taïbit Pass (col). Heading off from the D 242, between Cilaos and Îlet-à-Cordes, you'll mainly pass through shaded forest..

  • 5 Bras Rouge Waterfall Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    A pleasant flower-lined track once used by porters leads to the former spa baths, demolished further to rock slides. The track then continues to the scenic Bras Rouge waterfall (it is dangerous to swim here). Follow the GR R2 from the Maison du Touri..

  • 6 Cilaos Embroidery Centre Interesting

    Museums and art

    4 rue des Écoles

    The Maison de la Broderie displays the traditional openwork embroidery produced in Cilaos. This meticulous craft was introduced in the cirque by Angèle Mac-Auliffe, a doctor's daughter, and the technique, which consists of drawing threads from the fa..

  • 7 Petit Séminaire, Cilaos

    Religious buildings

    5bis rue du Séminaire

    Behind Cilaos church is the Petit Séminaire. Typically Creole in design, it is built entirely out of wood, with little towers decorated with lambrequins. For many years, preachers and children of good family were taught here. The former French Prime ..

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