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  • 1 Réunion Astronomical Observatory Interesting

    Museums and art

    18 r. Georges Bizet 18 F - 97421 Les Makes

    Sky-watching sessions are held here at the Réunion Astronomical Observatory, considered one of the best in the Southern Hemisphere. A unique spectacle of constellations, stars, planets and galactic trails is on view every evening through the astronom..

  • 2 Hiking up Dimitile Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    F - 97414 Entre-Deux

    Three magnificent trails starting from Entre-Deux take you up Dimitile. Each one follows a different ridge and offers striking views over the Plaine des Cafres all the way to the coast. At the summit (1,837 m) the panorama looks out at Cilaos, whose ..

  • 3 Covered Market Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    r. Victor-le-Vigoureux F - 97410 Saint-Pierre

    Rue Victor Le Vigoureux takes you to this covered market with its spices exuding their intoxicating scents and various kinds of Malagasy handicrafts at very good prices.

  • 4 Remparts River Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    F - 97418 Bourg-Murat

    The broad riverbed and deep valley carved out by the Remparts River, a refuge for runaway slaves in the 18C, invites you on a magnificent hike dotted with spectacular views. A trail goes up the canyon dug out by the river to the hamlet of Roche-Plate..

  • 5 Le Serré and Grand-Coude Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    F - 97480 Grand-Coude

    For a stunningly breathtaking view of the lovely Remparts and Langevin Rivers, head for the Belvédère du Serré just before Grand-Coude, a village where essential geranium oil is still being distilled. To get there, take the D 33 from Saint-Joseph tow..

  • 6 Langevin River Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    F - 97480 Saint-Joseph

    Shaded by tall litchi and avocado trees, the road winds along the Langevin River, whose many pools of cool water are the perfect spot for an invigorating break. At Grand-Galet, the great waterfall is the only sound disturbing the peace and quiet arou..

  • 7 Cap Méchant Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    F - 97442 Basse Vallée

    Cap Méchant ("Cape Wicked") is a most impressive place when you're standing on the edge of the cliffs (be sure to follow all safety rules), feeling the power of the Indian Ocean and its waves incessantly pounding the black basalt. It is an ..

  • 8 Scents and Spices Garden Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    7 chemin Forestier F - 97442 Mare-Longue

    At this stopover in the primary forest of Saint-Philippe - a truly enchanting experience for the senses - you can explore a 100-year-old garden and its many plant species, some of them native to Réunion. The guide shares his knowledge and passion for..

  • 9 Mare-Longue Botanical Trail Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    F - 97442 Mare-Longue

    The Mare-Longue Botanical Trail crisscrosses the damp, tropical primary forest of the same name. Designated as a natural reserve since 1981, it stretches over a rather recent lava flow, offering a rare opportunity to tread on ground that has been spa..

  • 10 Anse des Cascades Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    F - 97439 Bois-Blanc

    Up the southeast slope a little past Bois-Blanc, the road opens onto a superb park with cabbage palms. The falls tumbling down the basalt cliffs are only fed during heavy rains. This shady site, always airy and cool, is nonetheless quite attractive w..

  • 11 Suspension Bridge Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    F - 97439 La Rivière de l'Est

    Several cataclysms have swept away successive bridges built over the Rivière de l'Est, one of Réunion's most tumultuous rivers. The (19C) suspension bridge, which can be crossed on foot, towers 50m above the river bed (the RN 2 goes over a more recen..

  • 12 Church of Sainte-Anne Interesting

    Religious buildings

    F - 97437 Ste-Anne

    The village is known for its strange church, rebuilt by Father Daubenberger, which was used as the setting for a scene in François Truffaut's film Mississippi Mermaid. From 1926 to 1950, with the help of his parishioners, children from his catechism ..

  • 13 Takamaka Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    F - 97470 Saint-Benoit

    At the end of the road you come to an awe-inspiring untamed site - what is left of the former Cirque de Bébour, now filled in. Marsouins River gorge looms into view with its dizzying falls and jagged peaks rising from the thick, damp vegetation. To t..

  • 14 Vanilla Cooperative Interesting

    Industrial tourism and theme park

    21 Route Nationale 2 F - 97412 Bras-Panon

    The cooperative was created in about 1950 to reduce the producers' operation and distribution costs. It makes high-quality Bourbon brand vanilla and controls 75 % of the island's production. Following an introductory film the guide explains the long ..

  • 15 Waterfalls at Rivière des Roches Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    F - 97412 Bras-Panon

    If you're looking for somewhere refreshing and full of natural beauty, head for the two waterfalls on the Rivière des Roches. First there's the bassin de la Paix and its 10m falls, which can only be seen from the bridge due to unsteady ground. Then a..

  • 16 Roulof Vanilla Interesting

    Industrial tourism and theme park

    470 chemin Deschanets F - 97440 Saint-André

    This family-run workshop produces two tons of green vanilla per year. The tour takes you around the estate and its 12 000 plants, some grown modern-style in greenhouses and others in the traditional way under trees. You can also learn how flowers are..

  • 17 Bois-Rouge Sugar Factory Interesting

    Industrial tourism and theme park

    2 chemin Bois-Rouge F - 97440 Saint-André

    Two tours are offered at this still-active industrial site: a fascinating one at the Bois-Rouge Sugar Factory explaining how sugar is made and the effervescence surrounding it, particularly during the sugar season (from July to december); and another..

  • 18 Niagara Waterfall Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    F - 97441 Ste-Suzanne

    Niagara waterfall flows through an enchanting setting and is often featured in publications boasting the island's charms. It is a favourite Sunday picnic spot for islanders. There are less crowded pools if you follow the trail to the top of the cliff..

  • 19 Grand Étang Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    F - Plaine des Palmistes

    This lake, surrounded by ramparts covered in exuberant vegetation, was created by an earthquake, and its water level changes with the seasons. Tropical trees, guavas and rose apples (whose pinkish-yellow fruit has a delicious taste of roses) adorn th..

  • 20 Kiosque du Grand Bord Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    F - 97433 Mare-à-Vieille-Place

    At the end of Mare-à-Vieille-Place village, stop at the Kiosque du Grand Bord, where you can admire the huge Plaine des Fougères rampart closing off the Cirque to the north. The peaks continue all the way to La Roche Écrite, towering above this majes..

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