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Réunion Island is known for its luscious green peaks, tropical growth, tumbling waterfalls, volcanic craters, soul-stirring panoramas, and dramatic coastlines.
To begin with, the French volcanic island in the Indian Ocean has three cirques, namely Salazie, Mafate, and Cilaos. Each cirque has its unique identity with timeless landscapes. All three cirques are listed UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
By the way, take a helicopter flight to enjoy magnificent panoramic views over the famous Cirques of Cilaos and Mafate. It’s simply amazing!
“Peak of the Furnace” (translated into English) sits at an altitude of 2460 m (8071 ft). It is one of the most active volcanoes in the world and located within the Réunion National Park, a World Heritage site. The Furnace has a caldera of 8 kilometres (5.0 mi) wide. Inside the caldera are two craters. Namely, the Dolomieu crater and the Bory crater.
If you’re looking for a day-trip and interested in cultural heritage, this is it. Saint-André is about 20 minutes (28 km) by car from Saint-Denis. It’s about one hour by bus. The temple offers guided tours.
If you enjoy good quality rum, then this is the place to complete your day in Saint-André. Find out some secrets about making rum from a distillery that produces two types of rum. Their main exports are to the European Union. They offer guided tours as well.
In addition, if you have enough time left, you may want to visit a vanilla plant. Especially, since it is the local treasure.
To describe Reunionese cuisine is quite challenging, so bear with me. If you take the French cuisine as a base and you add a bit of Indian, Chinese, and Malagasy customary flavors, you’re more or less there. Reunionese cuisine will tease your taste buds. Together with a tasty Vanilla flavor in most of their cuisine, you’re in for a treat.
Incidentally, when you spot “Brèdes” on a menu, please don’t assume it has to do with bread. Far from it. It is a local side dish prepared with the leaves and stems of various plants. For instance, Chinese cabbage, pumpkin, or chouchou, to name a few. They fry the ingredients with chili peppers, garlic, onion, and ginger. An acquired taste, for sure. One you should try!
They love their curries (or “cari”) which I am particularly fond of as they are super delish the Reunionese way.
Roland Garros Reunion Airport (IATA: RUN, ICAO: FMEE) is the main airport and about 10 km from Saint-Denis.