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Reunion Island: 2 500 km²: The concentrated effects of nature
With the combined forces of the ocean, the air and the movements of the earth's crust, an island of astonishing scenery has risen from the sea. We are left with the three enormous 'cirques' (natural amphitheatres) of Cilaos, Salazie and Mafate, the deep valleys hewn into the volcanic slopes by the island's main rivers, and the upper plains dotted with peaks….
Due to its relatively reduced surface area (2500km²), these abrupt mountains give Reunion a truly unique geographical identity. The flight across the island, either by helicopter or by microlite, is simply breath-taking.
The island's highest point is the Piton des Neiges at 3 070 m. Its last volcanic eruptions were 16000 years ago. You can reach it either from Cilaos, Salazie or from La Plaine des Cafres, and people generally climb it in two stages, staying one night at the Piton des Neiges 'gîte' (hostel) before watching the sun rise over Reunion from the summit the next morning.
A volcano with easy access
Its younger counterpart, the Piton de la Fournaise (2632 m), appeared 300 000 years ago, and is one of the most active volcanoes in the world. Because it is what they call an "effusive" volcano, its eruptions remain relatively safe. Around twice a year, the people of Reunion are treated to a magical display of light, with fountains of lava gushing skywards and burning rivers flowing down the hillsides. Even while respecting distances of security, you can actually get quite close up without being at risk.
Sometimes, these lava flows reach the sea, creating enormous clouds of steam and even redefining the island's coastline. Lava from la Fournaise rarely comes close to any residential areas, and highly sensitive captors at the Volcano Observatory warn of any imminent eruptions in good time.
The viewpoint overlooking the volcano and its surrounding area is at Pas de Bellecombe, which is accessible by car via La Plaine des Cafres. Staying overnight at the Gîte du Volcan ensures you'll be there at dawn. There are many other accommodation possibilities in the area, offering board and lodging. For more information, visit the Maison du Volcan.
In the south, there is a stretch of main road running through the lava flow area, with fumes still rising in some parts following the eruption which reached the sea in 2007.
The combination of humid tropical temperatures and an area of mountainous relief has favoured the multiplication of various micro-climates, thus contributing to the development of endemic fauna and flora.
From the dry savanna in the west to the humid forests at altitude, from the waterfall-covered windward slopes to the moonlike plateaux of the volcano, Reunion offers as many different natural environments as you may find on an entire continent. The coastal towns have developed while the island's mountainous interior remains lush and untamed.
210 kilometres of coastline
The coastline is mainly made up of cliffs and rocky beaches eroded by the waves. But there is a total of 35 km of sandy beaches running from the west to the south of the island. Places such as Grand'Anse, Saint-Pierre, Saint-Leu, Saint-Gilles (La Saline, l'Hermitage) all benefit from coral barriers forming shallow lagoons.
Due to the considerable wealth of marine life, these areas have been protected by a Natural Marine Reserve since 2007.
For more info
The Wikipedia page on the geography of Reunion
The Volcano Observatory of the Piton de la Fournaise (in French)
The website of Reunion's National Park (in French)
The website of the ONF (National Forestry Commission) (in French)
Best links about Reunion Island
How to go
Where to sleep
En Saint- Leu www.blue-margouillat.com
En Petite-île www.palm.re
En Cilaos www.leschenets.fr
La Possession www.villagenature.com
Official Sites of Réunion
Le portail de l'ETAT à la Réunion
Official website of the Government of Reunion (in French).
Les Conseillers Généraux
General Council of Reunion.
Conseil Régional de La Réunion
Regional Council of Reunion (in French).
Ministère de l'Outre-Mer
Site of the French ministry for the overseas territories.
Directory of French representations abroad (in French)
List of French diplomatic missions around the world.
Foreign Embassies and Consulates in France
Address list of Diplomatic Missions accredited in France.
Map of Reunion
Relief Map of Reunion.
Google Earth Réunion
Searchable map and satellite view of Réunion.
Searchable map and satellite view of Reunion's capital city.
Political Map of Africa
The 54 countries of Africa.
Map of Africa
A Relief Map of Africa.
Le Journal de l'Île de la Réunion - Reunion news (in French).
The business magazine of the Indian Ocean (in French).
iMaz Press Reunion
Photo press agency with images of Reunion and the Indian Ocean.
TV station, provides also news from Reunion (in French)
Reseau France Outre-Mer, operated by France Télévisions, (in French).
Arts & Culture
ODC Office Départemental de la Culture
Saint Denis regional office of culture.
Creole art and culture (in French).
Les Cultures Indiennes de la Reunion
Indian Cultures in the Reunion Island (partly in English).
Business & Economy
Banque de la Reunion
Official website of the bank (in French).
Agence de Développement de la Réunion
SIte of Reunion's Developement Agency provides information about local industries.
Chambre de Métiers et de l'Artisanat de la Réunion
Reunion's Chamber of Trades and Craft industry (in French).
Reunion Chamber of Commerce and Industry
The chamber's site with information in French.
Territoire de la Côte Ouest TCO
Union of Territory of the West coast developemnet co-operation.
Products of Reunion
Cooperative Agricole des Huiles Essentielles de Bourbon
Agricultural Cooperative of Essential Oils of Bourbon.
Reunion Island Distillery.
Royal Bourbon Industries
Reunion Island Airport Roland Garros
Discover Reunion Island in a Helicopter.
Official website of the Port Réunion.
Destination Reunion - Travel and Tour Guides
Discover Reunion, the formerly Île Bonaparte, Bourbon island, Runisland: Piton des Neiges, Maïdo, Grand Bénare, Roche Ecrite, Dimitile, the mountains: Cilaos, Salazie, Mafate.
Find accommodation, hotels, attractions, festivals, events, tourist boards, biking, hiking, climbing, cruising, diving, tours and much more by visiting the links below.
Ile de la Réunion
Reunion Tourism Boards guide to accommodation, hotels, attractions, festivals, events, cruising, diving, tours and much more (in French).
F.R.T - Fédération régionale de Tourisme de la Réunion
Site of the federation of regional tourism offices (in French).
Site with a lot of images of the volcano Fournaise (in French).
Site about the south of the island.
L'île de la Réunion
Another tourist guide to the island (in French).
Ile de La Réunion
Reunion Island portal site.
Ile de la Reunion, guide vacances
Another island portal site (partly in English).
Tourism portal of the Mountain Information Bureau with information on mountain lodges.
Comprehensive tourism information in French, German, and English.
A guide to the island of Reunion (in French).
Mairie de Saint Denis
City of Saint-Denis, Reunion's capital (in French).
Ville de Cilaos
The village of Cilaos.
Commune de Entre-Deux
Entre-Deux village (in French).
Office de Tourisme de L'Entre-Deux
The tourism office of Entre-Deux (in French).
Site of the seaside resort Saint Gilles.
Commune de Saint-Paul
The city of Saint-Paul (in French).
Office du Tourisme de Saint-Paul
The tourism office of Saint-Paul.
Académie de la Réunion
Official website of the academy (French).
Université de la Réunion
The Reunion University (French).
AGORAH (Agence pour l'Observation de la Réunion, l'Aménagement et l'Habitat)
Reunion's environmental agency (in French)
Office National des Forêts
National Office of the Forests (in French).
Observatoire Marin de la Réunion
The site provides information on the marine environment of the island (in French).
Société d'Ëtudes Ornithologiques de la Réunion
Birds of Reunion (in French).
Un peu d'histoire
Brief history timeline of Reunion (in French).
Brief history of Reunion.
Wikipedia entry with Reunion's history.
Annuaire île de la Réunion
Index of Reunion web sites.
Links to Reunion web sites.
Additional Information on Reunion
BBC News Regions and territories: Reunion
Mbendi Profile: Reunion
Including economic overviews and directories of companies.
Open Directory Project: Reunion
The World Factbook -- Reunion
General Travel Information
Birding in Réunion
Birdlife International Partner in Réunion
Bird List of the Reunion Island
Les oiseaux de la Réunion
Les oiseaux des îles éparses (Europa, Bassas da india, Juan da nova, Les Glorieuses, Tromelin)
Réunion Trip Reports [archives]
Société d'Études Ornithologiques de la Réunion
Société d'études ornithologiques de la Réunion
Indian Ocean Bird Photos
Le Blue Beach
Returns flights to Reunion on Air Austral
Arrival transfer Airport to Hotel
7 nights at the 3* Hotel Le Blue Beach
7 days car hire group
A Renault Twingo or similar
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Returns flights to Reunion on Air Austral
Meet, greet, arrival transfer Airport/Hotel
7 nights at the 4* Hotel Bellepierre, Diana Déa Lodge & Spa, Palm Hotel & Spa, Saint-Alexis Hotel & Spa
7 days car hire group
A Renault Twingo or similar
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Rustic at Saint-Leu
Returns flights to Reunion on Air Austral
Meet, greet, assist and handling on arrival
One way airport transfer
7 nights' accommodation in a Studio Bungalow with
Kitchenette at the 3* Iloha Seaview Hotel in Saint-Leu
Self-catering - no meals
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Returns flights to Reunion on Air Austral
Meet, greet, assist and handling on arrival
One way airport transfer
7 nights' accommodation in a Standard
room at 3* HOTEL ILOHA in St Leu
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Returns flights to Reunion on Air Austral
Welcome and assistance on arrival and maps with instruction
5 nights at St Gilles, La Nouvelle, Mafate, Vieux Cep
Meal basis 2 nights with breakfast and dinner, 5 nights with breakfast
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Returns flights to Reunion on Air Austral
5 nights at St Gilles, La Nouvelle, Mafate, Vieux Cep - 2 nights at the 4* Boucan Canot Hotel
Meal basis 2 nights with breakfast and dinner, 5 nights with breakfast
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Returns flights to Reunion
7 nights' accommodation
at 3* HOTEL ILOHA in St Leu
Valid 16 May 2013 - 30 June 2013
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Great location for scuba divers, surfers
(amateurs) and those keen on other water
activities like snorkelling, swimming and deep-sea fishing.
7 nights accommodation in BB or HB
according to your request
Airport transferts and taxes included
Valid 1 - 30 June 2013
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Le Saint Alexis
Great location for scuba divers, surfers
(amateurs) and those keen on other water
activities like snorkelling, swimming and deep-sea fishing.
7 nights accommodation in BB or HB
according to your request
Airport transferts and taxes included
Valid 1 May 2013 - 30 June 2013
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On the cultural front
Return flights & Airport taxes, car hire
7 nights' accommodation in BB or HB according to your request
2 nights' in Saint Denis, Juliette Dodu
2 nights' in Cilaos, Tsilaosa
3 nights' in Saint Leu, Blue Margouillat
Valid 1 March 2013 - 30 June 2013
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Five hundred years of history
"Bourbon Island may appear rather primitive with its mass of mountains and impenetrable forests, but there are some exceedingly beautiful places, fresh air and clean water, and such a large amount of game, fish, turtles, tortoises, wild cows, goats and pigs that anyone ought to be overjoyed at the prospect of living there." The Marquis de Mondevergue.
This is just one description of the Indian Ocean outcrop in 1666, a few years after the French had taken possession and had named it after their own royal family.
A recent and multi-cultural colonisation
Arab, Portuguese, British and Dutch sailors had all been aware of Reunion for some time, stopping merely to replenish water and food stores, but several Frenchmen started to settle there accompanied by their servants from Madagascar, including some women. The first children born in Reunion all therefore had some Malagasy blood.
As of 1715, the East India Trading Company took over the responsibility of running the island and, up until 1767, organised coffee bean cultivation, a produce which required a very large workforce. A social system of slavery was put in place and the coffee plantations covered most of the island's hillsides, right up to the beginning of the 19th century. Clover and nutmeg trees were also introduced successfully.
The Villèle Museum was built on the private domain of the Panon-Desbassyns-Villèle family, and acts as a fine witness to this era. You can visit the "Chapelle Pointue", the remains of the sugar refinery, the outside kitchen and the landowner's abode.
A string of different names
It was first called Dina Morghabine by the Arabs, and then Bourbon Island by the French, but it wasn't until 1794 that the name of Reunion was adopted for the first time, in reference to a coming-together of the States General forces following the revolution. In 1803, it was renamed Bonaparte Island and then Bourbon once again in 1814 after five years of British rule. And finally in 1848, the name changed back to Reunion Island for the last time.
A real industrial revolution kicked off in 1815 with the beginnings of sugar cane cultivation, and this soon ousted coffee production around the coastal areas. The sugar industry managed to pass the tests of time and remains today the agricultural pillar of island economy. In St Leu, the Stella Matutina Museum traces Reunion's agro-industrial history in all its glory.
In 1848, slavery was abolished. Former slaves and slave owners found it difficult to work in harmony, and labour was sought after overseas. Many of the workers "drafted" in large numbers from India would end up staying in Reunion.
An island of fragrances
In 1841, a young slave by the name of Edmond Albius, invented a process of artificial insemination of the vanilla plant. Bourbon vanilla soon became the very best in the world. This production still exists today, and you can visit either private plantations or public cooperatives in the east or alternatively taste it first-hand in the restaurants which make vanilla their speciality.
Highly reputed essential oils come from the distillation of geranium and vetiver. These places in Petite France up in the hills of St Paul are definitely worth a visit, as is the Cooperative of Essential Oils in Le Tampon.
After the coastline, it was the turn of the island's upper plateaux and interior (the three 'cirques') to be inhabited and cultivated.
When France colonised Madagascar in 1895, Reunion was left by the wayside somewhat, and for several decades lived in the shadow of its imposing neighbour.
But in 1946, when the island became an Overseas Department of France, Reunion began to benefit from considerable public investment. This continued progressively and explains the island's modern and developed infrastructure today. Reunion is also a region of the European Union in itself, even though Brussels is 10 000 km away...
The main economic activities today include farming, fishing, conversion industries, commerce, information technology and communications, audio-visual and tourism.
For more info:
The Wikipedia page on the history of Reunion
Works by the History Department of the University of Reunion (in French)
CLIMATE: Summer all year round
Reunion benefits from a tropical climate softened by the breezes of the Indian Ocean. The sun shines down all year round, especially in the north, west and south of the island. The wide variety of microclimates in Reunion means that one can be soaking up the sunshine by the sea in the morning and be up taking in the cool mountain air in the afternoon, and all this without having to travel far to do so.
Compared to the northern hemisphere, the seasons are the other way round in the south. However, any notions of winter and summer are relative in the tropics. The year is divided up into two long periods: the warm and humid season, from November to April, and the fresher and drier season which runs from May to October.
The Austral Summer
The Austral summer reaches its peak in January and February, with daily temperatures well over 30° by the coast. Rain showers come in short, but heavy patches. This is also the season for tropical cyclones, which hit the island on average once or twice a year and generally last a few days. This time of year is when the lush vegetation and cascading waterfalls are at their most impressive.
The Austral Winter
The Austral Winter comes in July and August, with slightly fresher temperatures (around 24-25° by the Indian Ocean) – however, even at night the hardships of winter by the coast rarely drop lower than 20°! The water temperature in the lagoon varies around 22°.
Apart from one or two exceptions, the trees do not lose their leaves and plant species tend to flower at different periods throughout the year.
However, beware if you're heading up into the mountains: the drop in temperature can come as a shock.
Because they are neither too not nor too humid, the two periods between these seasons (April – May and October – November) are particularly pleasant times to visit.
Temperature variations during the day
There is little difference between day and night temperatures, especially at sea level. However, as the day goes on, clouds tend to form in the mountains thus providing the vegetation with the necessary humidity. In order to make the most of the viewpoints and get clear blue skies, it's best to get an early start.
Water temperature varies between 20 and 25° during the year, but the shallow waters of the lagoon are even warmer.
Between the east & the west: the eastern slopes of Reunion get the most rainfall whereas the west coast is much drier.
Between the mountains & down by the coast : at altitude the temperature can plummet to zero degrees and rarely climbs over 25°, even at the height of summer. Anywhere over 1800m, night frost is not uncommon in July and August. Near the highest peaks, sub zero temperatures are sometimes recorded.
Average Temperature in St Denis (at sea level): From 24° (in August, the coldest month) to 30° (in February, the hottest month).
Average Temperature in La Plaine-des-Palmistes (1 200 m) : From 17° (in August, during the day) to 24° (February).
There is one phenomenon completely unknown to most tropical islands: we sometimes get snow in Reunion! This was the case in early August 2003. Over a period of three days, the summit of Piton des Neiges lived up to its name. A thin blanket of snow also covered the volcano and its surrounding area, as well as the ridge between the Maido and the Grand Bénare. This phenomenon took place again in October 2006, but with less snow.
The sun sets early : around 7pm in summer, 6pm in winter.
Sunrise: 5.30am on 21st December (summer solstice), 7am on 21st June (winter solstice).
Sunset : 7pm on21st December, 5.50pm on 21st June
You'll need no better encouragement to get up early and get the best of the scenery!
For tips on what to pack, have a look at this month-by-month guide
POPULATION: A bloodline blown in with the waves
Before becoming part of the French Empire in the 17th century, the island was uninhabited. The population came in successive waves, with the very first settlers arriving from France, accompanied by servants from Madagascar. The first children born in Reunion were therefore of mixed race, as their mothers were Malagasy.
A social system of slavery was put in place, bringing in manual labour from Madagsacar and various regions of Africa. When slavery was abolished in 1848, the colony turned to India for more muscle. These 'drafted' workers came mostly from Tamil Nadu (southern India).
During the 19th century, travellers from China and Muslim India (Gujarat) came to settle on the island, and they were joined in greater numbers by their compatriots in the 20th century.
Reunion began to see more and more arrivals from mainland France during the 1960s, and during the seventies the French department in the Indian Ocean started to attract people from Comoros and Mayotte.
Reunion's population today is naturally of mixed race, bearing witness to the island's history. The various types are familiarly known as:
- cafres : the descendants of slaves or workers brought in from Africa and Madagascar;
- zarabs : Muslim Indians, for they share the same religion as Arabs;
- malbars : the descendants of workers drafted in from southern India;
- zoreys : those from Mainland France ('zorey' is Creole for 'oreille' meaning 'ear', possibly named because any other languages than their own fall on deaf ears!);
- chinois : Reunionese of Chinese origin.
- yab, or "poor white man of the hills": the descendants of the poorer colonists who were driven up into the hills of the island during the second half of the 19th century.
However, the true beauty lies in the fact that no particular community has formed its own enclave: as each day passes, another wedding brings origins closer together. Reunion is representative of tomorrow's world, a microcosm of diversity where unity goes beyond racial boundaries.
For a breath of fresh air away from racism and prejudice, nothing beats a trip to Reunion.
LOCAL PRODUCTS: Get to know local products and take them home as gifts
One taste of some of the island's fruits (mangoes, lychees, pineapples and more, depending on the season) or the Bourbon vanilla, and you'll want to bring some back for your friends and family at home.
Another key speciality is the local rum and its various derivatives. For cocktails, white rum can be bought in bottles or in a presentation box, handy for carrying it home. White rum is also used in making rum 'arrangé – in some shops you can find ready-to-use sachets of fruit and dried plants which you simply add to the rum when you get home. There is also a large range of different brands of punch on offer, made with the island's finest fruit.
There's always room in your suitcase for a few little jars of chillies, sachets of spices, pink peppercorns or fleur de sel from St Leu. This way your home cooking will have the scent of Reunion long after your holidays are over.
In Cilaos, the embroidery experts carry on this meticulous tradition. Take advantage of a visit there to stock up on wine, lentils and even organic cosmetics – these will remind you of your stay in this thermal spa for sure.
Essential oils (geranium, vetiver…) are distilled locally and make excellent perfumes to set the mood for relaxing baths.
Handicrafts are part of a long family tradition – weaving in particular is done using vacoa leaves and other seashore trees to make bags and baskets…
Don't miss out on the various creations made from tortoiseshell, marine leathers, coconut shells or even volcanic rocks. The local artists' imaginations know no limits.
Reunionese creativity is also present in textiles – there are several local brands of t-shirts and fashionable beachwear which are of high quality and with a style often rich in humour.
When it comes to books, cds and films, the island is not short of local talent.
The most well-known are Axel Gauvin and Daniel Vaxelaire, whose works are published mainly in French.
Business for children's books is booming, and you'll find most bookshops have an excellent range of locally produced comics – for the first time there have recently been translations into Reunionese Creole of Asterix and Tintin books!
And as for music, the island boasts hundreds of different groups with extensive discographies. Some artists have seen their popularity extend far beyond the shores of Reunion: Danyel Waro, Davy Sicard, Salem Tradition, Grammoun Lélé, Meddy Gerville, Ziskakan, Baster, Pat Jaune, René Lacaille, Nathalie Natiembé, Zong...You can find their cds everywhere.
There are some companies in Reunion who offer to send parcels of local fruit, flowers and other local products in specially sealed containers.
List of Reunionese restaurants in Mainland France and abroad
REUNIONESE RESTAURANTS IN PARIS AND ITS SUBURBS
AUX PETITS CHANDELIERS
62, rue Daguerre - Paris 75014
M. Lakermance - Tel. : 01 43 20 25 87
20 €/pers. Monday to Sunday
from 12pm to 2.30pm and from 7pm to 11pm
Speciality: Rougail boucané
LE GRAND BAIE
(Mauritius and Reunion)
201, bis Raymond du Losseran - Paris 75014
M. Satée Seebaluck - Tel. : 01 40 44 53 26
25 €/pers. Monday to Sunday
from 12pm to 2.30pm and from 7pm to 11.30pm
Speciality: Rougail saucisses
4, Impasse de la Gaieté - Paris 75014
M. Huguet - Tel. : 01 43 20 39 02
30 €/pers. Monday to Sunday
from 12h to 2.30pm and from 7pm to 11.30pm
Speciality: Jackfruit Curry and Baba Figues
18, Rue du Bachelet - Paris 75018
Tel. : 01 42 23 78 18 - 30 €/pers.
Monday to Sunday from 12pm to 2.30pm
and from 7pm to 11pm 30
Speciality: Crayfish Curry
RESTAURANT DE LA REUNION
23, rue Paul Bert - Paris 75011
M. Maxime Robert - Tel. : 01 43 70 94 11
30 €/pers. Monday to Saturday
from 12pm to 2.30 pm and from 7pm to 11.30pm
Speciality: Rougail saucisses
(Mauritius and Reunion)
3, Rue Ernest Cresson - Paris 75014
M. Gainjoo - Tel. : 01 45 39 00 91
25 €/pers. Monday to Saturday from 12pm to 2pm
and from 7pm to 11pm. Sundays from 7pm to 11pm
Speciality: Crayfish Curry
5, rue Guy de Maupassant - Paris 75016
M. Ruch Paul - Tel. : 01 45 04 94 53
30 €/pers. Monday to Saturday
from 11h30 to 2.30pm and from 7pm to 10pm
Speciality: Goat Curry
CHEZ ARMANDE ET PHILOU
6, rue Poinsot - Paris 75014
M. Rebourg - Tel. : 01 42 18 10 88
11 €/pers. Monday to Saturday
from 11h30 to 3pm and from 5pm to 9pm
Speciality: Rougail saucisses
(website in progress)
4, rue Saint Bénard - Paris 75014
M. Sery - Tel. : 01 43 79 61 41 - 20 €/pers.
Monday to Saturday from 7pm
Speciality: Boucané saucisses
LE PAYENKE (Mauritius and Reunion)
8 rue Paul Henri Grauwin - Paris 75012
M. Low Tun - Tel. : 01 49 28 05 42
25 €/pers. Monday to Saturday
from 11h to 3pm and from 7pm to 2am
Speciality: Bichique Curry
LA CHARRETTE CREOLE
15, rue Jules Chaplain - Paris 75006
M. Gaungoo - Tel. : 01 43 26 03 10
15 €/pers. Monday to Saturday
from 11h to 3pm and from 7pm to 2am
Speciality: Rougail saucisses
LE LOYO (Africa and Reunion)
18, rue Bachelet - Paris 75018
M. Adepo - Tel. : 01 42 23 78 18
20 €/pers. Tuesday to Saturday
from 7pm to 2am. Specialities:
Rougail saucisses – Goat massala
L'ILE MAURITIUS (Mauritius and Reunion)
61, rue des Dames - Paris 75012
M. Dowlut Shibdoyal - Tel. : 01 45 22 69 95
20 €/pers. Tuesday to Saturday
from 11h30 to 3pm and from 7.45pm to 11pm
Speciality: Rougail saucisses
REFLET DES ILES
22, place de Steber - Longjumeau 91160
Mme. Leibovitch - Tel. : 01 69 34 67 54
20 €/pers. Tuesday to Saturday
from 11h30 to 3pm and from 7.45pm to 11pm
Speciality: Coq massala
ELSEWHERE IN EUROPE
LA CASE CRÉOLE
107, rue Lesbroussart - Bruxelles 1050
Mme. Frechaut - Tel. : 02 644 63 61
30 €/pers. Tuesday to Friday
from 11h to 2pm and from 7pm to 10pm
Monday and Saturday from 7pm to 10pm
Specialities: Creole steak
Creole black pudding /Lamb massala
AROUND THE WORLD
LE PITON DE LA FOURNAISE
835, Duluth E - Montréal - Québec
Canada - Tel. : (001)514 526 39 36
Tuesday to Sunday from 5.30pm
Specialities: Rougail saucisses
Shark curry – Chicken Curry with combava
LA MANGUE VERTE
6655, boulevard Pierre Bertrand
Quebec - G2K 1M1 - M. Jean Michel Tinayre
Tel. : 001416 626 4434 - From Monday to Friday.
From 8am to 5.30pm – Saturdays from 9am to 5pm
Specialities: Pastries and Catering service
REUNIONESE RESTAURANTS IN PROVINCIAL FRANCE
64 rue du Fbg National
67000 Strasbourg - Tel. : 03 88 52 01 76
9 €/pers. Speciality : Boucané
2 rue des Châteaux fort - 67510 Wingen
Mme Rivière - Tel. : 03 88 94 42 44
22 €/pers. Speciality. : King Prawns with combava
LA CASE DE L'ILE BOURBON
34 Grand Rue - 67000 Strasbourg
Mme Mamai - Tel. : 03 88 32 60 93
20 €/pers. Speciality : Chicken Curry
14 rue Fernand Philippart
33000 Bordeaux - Tel. : 06 64 12 61 04
9 €/pers. Speciality : Rougail saucisses
LES SAVEURS DE LA RÉUNION
7 place Letellier - 14000 Caen
M. Vingadassalom - Tel. : 02 31 85 24 00
12 €/pers. Speciality : Lamb massala
ILE DE LA RÉUNION
6 rue Jean Renoir - 21000 Dijon
Mme Atchiana - Tel. : 03 80 49 93 44
20 €/pers. Speciality : Rougail saucisses
45 rue traverse - 29200 Brest
M. Mahsoud - Tel. : 02 98 34 00 12
13 €/pers. Speciality : Rougail crevettes
13 rue Loches - 37310 Sublaines
M. Nyambi - Tel. : 02 47 57 98 02
30 €/pers. Speciality : Rougail saucisses
53 av. Edouard Vaillant - 18000 Bourges
M. Georgin - Tel. : 02 48 24 08 13
12,50 €/pers. Speciality : Rougail saucisses
LA CASE À SAMOUSSAS
43 rue des Allemands - 57000 Metz
M. Fontaine Sandro - Tel. : 03 87 16 26 57
12 €/pers. Speciality : Rougail saucisses
LA TABLE DES ILES
56 boulevard Deodat de Severac
M. Rahaingoson - Tel. : 05 62 21 15 05
18 €/pers. Speciality : Goat massala
2, rue de la Digue
Tel. : 05 61 72 04 47
15 av. Frédéric Estèbe - 31200 Toulouse
Mme Nadia - Tel. : 05 61 22 60 12
12 €/pers. Speciality : Rougail saucisse
REFLETS DES ILES
6 passage de la fontaine
M. de Fondaumiere - Tel. : 05 62 94 00 36
12 €/pers. Speciality : Rougail saucisse
PAYS DE LA LOIRE
REFLETS DES ILES
9 rue Sadi Carnot - 49300 Cholet
M. Papou Léon - Tel. : 02 41 71 86 82
16,30 €/pers. Speciality : Chicken in coconut
PROVENCE ALPES CÔTES D'AZUR
12 rue Amiral de Grasse - 06000 Nice
Mme N'Guyen - Tel. : 04 93 88 92 50
12 €/pers. Speciality : Prawn curry
LA CASE CREOLE
83 avenue Georges Clémenceau
M. P Renaud - Tél. : 04 93 39 42 50
30€/pers . Speciality : Fish Currry / Rougail saucisses
LA MANDIBULE DU SOLEIL
1014 promenade Soleil
M. Daniel Juste - Tel. : 04 93 28 41 95
13 €/pers. Specialities : Various curries
ILE DE LA RÉUNION
5 rue Halle Delacroix - 13001 Marseille
Christiane - Tel. : 04 91 55 67 14
12 €/pers. Speciality : Goat Curry
LA TONNELLE RÉUNIONNAISE
Bd Murènes - 83380 Les Issambres
M. Clain - Tel. : 04 94 49 62 02
21 €/pers. Speciality : Rougail saucisses
15 rue de la bannière - 69003 Lyon
M. Fetter - Tel. : 04 78 60 17 31
15 €/pers. Speciality : Chicken curry
O'PAILLE EN QUEUE
30 avenue Berthelot - 69007 Lyon
Tel. : 04 37 65 01 17
18,50 €/pers. Speciality : Chicken curry
1 place Fernand Rey - 69001 Lyon
M. Grondin - Tel. : 04 74 28 67 60
32 €/pers. Speciality : Rougail saucisses
LA TABLE RÉUNIONNAISE
384 rue des Alpes - 38290 La Verpillière
Mme Chapelan - Tel. : 04 74 95 49 28
7,50 €/pers. Speciality : Rougail saucisses
M. Jean Bernard PAYET
361, Rue Emmanuel Vinson - Bât C
93700 Drancy - Tel. : 06 12 31 29 23
Mme.Le kalou - Tel. : 06 69 71 95 25
AMBASSADE DE LA RÉUNION
Mme Carmen Banon Ducas
73, Avenue Georges Clémenceau
Tel. : 01 61 04 97 42 - 06 84 97 41 76
ASSOCIATION KER VOLCAN
M. Ah Tiane - 3A rue Émile Baudot
Marseille - Tel. : 81 94 05 00
ASSOCIATION LEE TRAITEUR
Mme Lee - Paris - Tel. : 06 16 23 02 16
M. Robore David - 10, route de Rouen
le Bord'hau de Vigny, 95450 Vigny
Tel. : 01 30 39 21 13
Cocktails/Cooking at your home/ Buffets
MADE IN RÉUNION
1, allée de Chalon - 91170 Viry Chatillon
Tel. : 01 69 05 88 30 - 06 62 04 88 30
LA MARMITE CRÉOLE
M. Nardi - Zone Industrielle D'Argan
62 240 Chaumont en Vexin
Tel. : 06 07 80 74 33
M. Périgogne - 148 Bd Théophile Sueur
93100 Montreuil - Tel. : 01 48 55 32 31
Food only, and not cocktails
A living culture
By the early decades of settlement of the island, the people, from different backgrounds, had to invent a language to communicate. The base was then French, spoken by the colonist. Practiced daily by the large majority of the population, Reunion Creole is still evolving. It is however understood by the French newcomer ... provided you listen well!
The music based on this colourful language is heard on the radio, or on television. Creole is now taught in college and high school (on option) and at the University. It is yet rarely written and its spelling is subject of much debate between those who advocate a writing close to French, and those who prefer a more phonetic Creole.
Creole inspires many artists and authors, whereas the tradition of storytelling and poetry knows an interesting revival. The most widely read Reunion novelists publish, however, essentially in French.
In French or Creole, publication for children is growing. A Reunion's comic is known for its quality on one side and the first adventures of Tintin and Asterix were recently translated into Creole!
Reunion music is based on two original styles, with deep roots: maloya and Sega. Maloya looks like a ternary blues.
Music of Afro-Malagasy slaves, it has long perpetuated in secret. Today, this music is appropriated and enriched by everyone and it is sometimes married with other rhythms: rock, reggae. It can be assimilated to the moring, traditional battle dance that came out of the shadow. More European by its rhythms and instruments, the Sega is the dance of all the festivities.
Reunion Island counts nowadays hundreds of bands and a large discography. The notoriety of some artists has even transcended the boundaries of the island: Danyel Waro, Davy Sicard, Salem Tradition, Granmoun Lele, Meddy Gerville Ziskakan, Baster, René Lacaille, Nathalie Natiembé, Zong, Pat'Jaune.
A stay on Reunion Island provides an opportunity to discover the local artistic expression in all its
Maloya is a form of music, song and dance native to Réunion Island.
Of mixed racial origins since its outset, maloya was created by Malagasy and African slaves on the sugar plantations and was eventually appropriated by the whole of the island's population. Initially conceived as a dialogue between a soloist and a choir accompanied by percussion instruments, maloya exists today in an increasing variety of forms, both in terms of texts and instruments (the introduction of djembes, synthesizers, drums, etc.).
Sung and danced on stage by professional or semi-professional artists, it is mixed with rock, reggae or jazz and inspires poetry and slam. Although originally dedicated to ancestral worship as part of a ritual, maloya has gradually over time become a song of lament against slavery, and for the past thirty years it has represented the island's identity.
Every cultural, political and social event on the island is accompanied by maloya, which thus became a vehicle for asserting political rights.
Today, it is kept alive by 300 documented groups, including a number of world-famous artists, and by specialized music teaching ate the Conservatoire de La Réunion. An element of national identity, an example of cultural mixing, a moral touchstone and a model for integration, maloya is nevertheless threatened by social changes and by the disappearance of its main exponents and the practice of venerating ancestors.
forms: dance, theater, visual arts, that are also extremely rich.
The history of Sega in Reunion Island is intimately linked to the Maloya's one.
The Sega is danced in moving the hips and turning round, the man being around the woman.Some sensual approaches of this dance are characterized by gently going down to the rhythm of the sound, and gradually bending the knees so that the man and the woman find themselves face to face, moving the upper body, always sensually .
"Sega", Portuguese word that takes its origin in Swahili, means the act of pulling up the clothes, characteristic of Bantu dances at the time of the Second Empire.
In the mid-nineteenth century, the economical prosperity of Reunion Island allowed a wider spread of the quadrille and the need for musicians increased. Black musicians are then introduced to this music: they are the "jouars". Because they belong to another culture, they intentionally or unintentionally modified the tunes, especially in rhythm: this marks the beginning of the "creolization" of the quadrille. Having learned to play on European instruments, they use the last part of the quadrille to play their music. Going progressively from binary to ternary rhythm, this dance first called "Creole quadrille" colonized all the figures of the quadrille.
The phenomenon is so important that the Sega escaped from the lounge to be played and danced everywhere: it becomes the popular music of Reunion Island.
The treasure of adventure
Meeting is green and blue. This dual identity, created by the greenery of the highlands and the blue of the sea, is what gives it its true essence ...
Inside the tremendous erosion island, allied with gigantic earthworks, resulted in three major circuses, Mafate, Cilaos and Salazie, which are three colossal works of nature and provide to Reunion, off the coast battered by the sea ??and wind, a vigorous and chaotic relief charming and ready to be visited.
Meeting is green and blue. This dual identity, created by the greenery of the highlands and the blue of the sea, is what gives it its true essence: a miniature continent. It offers visitors 200 rooms provided by as many microclimates.
Ultimately, Reunion is an island that buries the clichés that have tropical islands. Of course if what you are looking for sandy beaches and sun loungers, this island is not the most appropriate. Meeting is a land of adventure.
A world for trekking
Through more than 1,000 miles of trails that exist in meeting your soul can discover the best way, and most natural: walking. We discover, for example Bélouve Primeval Forest and the magic of the Novelle, in Circus of Mafate.
The gullies: her secret
Many people who travel to Reunion barely know their true character. Behind coastline and white sandy beaches, crowded with bathers and palm trees lurks a wild untamed soul. The palms mark the border with an inner world, water and fire, agile, sharp and hospitable, between a fierce volcanic lava trail that contrasts with the calm warm friendly landscape created by the dense forests of ferns and tamarind. This is the home of the ravines indomesticables know how many. The course of the streams has caused scarring of the volcanic bed cut off and run wild in huge leaps into the sea. Here ends abruptly one hand, and a sense of communicability Meeting. But in the interior of the island, in the headwaters of the river awaits us an enigma of loneliness, under the great peaks, entering among its roots. This lustful nature hides a treasure within it in which to experiment with intensity canyoning and canyoning.
From the heights
On board the helicopter from which to photograph the entire island, Trou de Fer appears to us as the most spectacular corner of the island. We see a giant waterfalls crashing into deep wells, surrounded by greenery everywhere. Since the ground is simply an oasis of rock, water and vegetation. In the same way that symbolizes the climb K2 more important to a climber can aspire elite, the Trou de Fer is a gorge mythical, the highest aspiration of the descending canyons.
En Saint- Leu www.blue-margouillat.com
En Petite-île www.palm.re
En Cilaos www.leschenets.fr
La Possession www.villagenature.com
Reunion, France: Island of the shows great
Speaking of Reunion is like watching a great catalog seller of wonder and mystery. It is the largest of the Mascarene, the trio of islands in the Indian Ocean that extends east of Madagascar and also includes Rodriguez and Mauritius. However, politically, Reunion is a piece of France lost in the ocean, a piece of land so lush and sheer looks fresh from the sea.
But the island emerged from the bowels of the sea makes a whopping three million years, under the leadership of a great volcanic eruption whose traces are visible everywhere.
To start with the highest peak of the island, the Piton des Neiges, now extinct volcano completely and, with its 3000 meters high, dominates deMafate circuses, Salazie and Cilaos, those enchanted realms are like a compendium miniature of the Swiss Alps. And to continue on the rugged slopes of these circuses very deep that carved by the action of innumerable rivers, narrow canyons, volcanic rock cliffs and spectacular waterfalls beauty whispering, almost always end abruptly on the plains of the coast.
Much more modern is the other mountain range in the eastern part of the island. Here our hero is called Piton de la Fournaise, a volcano with 2600 meters of altitude, still alive, and the islanders who have a deep respect. We are therefore faced with a display of very varied landscapes, a paradise for walkers and the "trekker". But also for the simple traveler because here you will find a real hotbed of cultures: Indian, European, Chinese and Africans.
The French were the first to arrive on the island. They were followed by black slaves from Madagascar. The arrival of these coincides with the establishment of the French colony in the early eighteenth century and the beginning of coffee cultivation. Today all those beautiful coffee fields have been replaced by huge sugar cane plantations and to a lesser degree, of vanilla.
The abolition of slavery comes in 1848: more than 60,000 Africans finally found freedom, while many settlers, unhappy with the new situation, autoexilian to the mountains of the interior. The descendants of those rioters are the poorest people on the island and his only wealth are the memories of a splendor that never recover.
The visit can begin meeting by the sea but, in any event, the tour of the beaches and the coastal cities can only be a slight taste of the wonders that are enclosed inside. And it is wrong those traveling to this island thinking they will find exquisite beaches. This is not a holiday comes to lying on the sand and in the shade of coconut trees. No beaches like these. In fact, only 30 of its 200 miles of coastline beaches are adequately protected by a coral reef. It is the resource, though, to enjoy the pleasures of fishing (swordfish, marlin, shark, etc..), A paradise for the practice of this activity.
As for the coastal cities have, first, to St. Denis, the capital. Is this a clean, attractive, stunning mansions Creole. Luxurious St. Denis stores give very Parisian flavor. The other coastal cities are surprisingly diverse. From the Desk St. Gilles-not without great attractions such as waterfalls of St. Gilles Ravine Boucan Canot beach and definitely the best on the remote island to St. Joseph. St. Paul is also a very interesting tour, especially if you arrive on a Friday: here at a great esplanade flanked by the Indian Ocean hundreds of people gather to buy and sell all kinds of goods.
But the brilliance of this market is no excuse for not visiting the remote villages southeast. To begin with St. Joseph, whose magnificent Riviere des Remparts announces the rugged hard places. And St. Philippe and the region surrounding it, a compendium of natural beauties among which are the solid black lava cliffs plunging to the sea blue, created by the last eruption of the volcano in 1986 and the oldest lunar landscapes Grand Brûlé and Cap Méchant.
But it should go to the circus, to these arenas as extraordinary as picturesque island encloses and are a delight for walkers, for the adventurous sportsman. A nice challenge for sports fans of "risk".
A good starting point for many of these walks is Cilaos, a quiet town on the circus namesake. Cilaos is a perfect base for hiking, canyoning, mountain biking tours, paragliding ...
From here we made excursions to magnificent Piton des Neiges or neighbor Mafate circus, the wildest. Another inexcusable base camp is Hell-Bourg, located in Salazie Circus, where rides can be as short as those that lead to gigantic waterfall of Voile de la Mariee. Those who dare to overcome the vertical walls of the amphitheater reach the peaks of Piton des Neiges or Ecrite Roche, from where you get a magnificent view hardly unique.
From Spain you can travel via Paris Reunion Island. The company Air France flies nine times a week between Paris and Saint Denis.
WHEN TO GO
Due to its mountainous terrain, in the Reunion island climate varies greatly by region. Summers are hot and rainy between December and April, and winter is cool and dry between April and October. Temperatures on the coast are around 22 º C in winter and 27 º C in summer. In contrast, in mountain areas, the thermometer can drop to about 11 ° C during the coldest months.
REUNION ISLAND AROUND
The best way to explore Meeting is driving on their roads to the coast and the interior. There are many companies active in tourist resorts and major cities. Organize visits and outdoor activities, such as the Route of the Volcanoes by Mafate circus, organized trekking.También ATV or hiking trail networks, water rafting trips, canyoning and flying helicopter ride volcanoes and canyons .
WHERE TO SLEEP
Hotel BellepierreBellepierre Four Star Hotel situated high on the hill overlooking Saint Denis, is one of the hotels with the best views of the city. Price: desde159 € the double room.
Allée des Topazes 91a. Saint Denis.
Hotel Villas du Lagon Located off the coral reef lagoon, and one of the best beaches on the island. It is a four star charming colonial-inspired architecture with small Creole villas surrounded by lush vegetation. Price: from 100 €.
28, Rue du Lagon. Saint Gilles les Bains.
Hotel Les Chenets28, Rue du Lagon. Saint Gilles les Bains.
Hotel Les chenets is also a good base in the circus for hiking and especially the ravines. Excursions are regularly organized in the same hotel.
Price: rooms from 78 €.
40E, Chemin des Trois Mares. Cilaos.
WHERE TO EAT
In Meeting eat very well and very varied. It is a mixture d French and Creole cuisine. The seafood, especially lobster, are not recommended because they just taste. Yes worth it, however, different fish: the captain, the meron and broadsword.
The most popular Creole dish is the curry, made from turmeric (saffron). The vanilla, honey and chocolate are widely used seasoning in most dishes. All welcome is accompanied by the typical punch with orange, pineapple and other fruits. Highlights:
Reflets des Iles. Traditional restaurant that serves the best Creole cuisine specialties. The star of the house are rougalle sausages.
Rue de l'Est, 27. Saint Denis
One of the best restaurants in the city, specializing in Creole dishes of curry. The letter also offer refined French cuisine like foie flavored with vanilla or sole with shrimp.
Rue l'Amiral Lacaze, 14. Saint Denis
Chez Alice. Familiar restaurant serving local cuisine. The portions are very generous. The house specialty dishes are made with rougaille and chouchou.
Rue des Sangliers, 1. Hellbourg
WHAT TO SEE
The capital of Reunion is a very French, with the added charm of being in contact with a mixture of races and cultures. Worth a stroll down the main street from the small port-Barachois-up to the Garden State. In Marshall Street is the great temple letrec Tamil mosque as St. Denis.
West Coast Beaches
The best beaches are on the coast, between St. Paul and Lake Salado, past St. Gilles, an authentic seaside resort on the island. The best beach and the best known is Boucan Canot.
Do not miss the house-museum of Villette, a Creole mansion of the late eighteenth century.
On Friday evening and Saturday is worth going to this location for its famous market. Nearby is the marine cemetery.
It is the capital of the south of the island. Here we see large tracts of sugar fields. Until Saint Philippe, bordering a beautiful coastal cliff where the wind stirred the sea.
In this town you must visit the Garden of the Perfumes and Spices.
Much green wild west coast. In April 1977, the lava covered hundreds of acres around Piton-St. Rose, burying dozens of houses.
It is the capital of the East. Interesting are the church of Saint Anne and the planting of exotic flowers of Madame Nauche.
The Volcanic Circuses
They are the heart of the island. They are accessible by car the Salazie and Cilaos, this latest stunning as the road twists between vertiginous cliffs. From Cilaos can make excursions pedestrian route to the waterfalls of Trou de Fer and the Piton des Beiges.
Salazie is also fascinating, and from its west is accessible on foot Mafate circus.
You get to the Piton de la Fournaise by a steep road. The volcano is still active. In the Maison du Volcan explains the secrets of this colossus naturally.
Meeting is not a tropical island to spend their days lying on the beach, but offers many beautiful traveler relaxing after a few days of activities and excitement: this is a place to discover actively diving, paragliding, cycling, canyonig , climbing, horseback riding, hiking ...
To truly realize the power that nature shows nothing better to admire from the air. Circuses and waterfalls, volcanoes and coral reef take on another dimension. The flight takes about 45 minutes and costs 200 euros. Information, in the same hotels.
Meeting has over 1,000 kilometers of marked trails that allow access to unusual places. In the same hotels will provide information.
The rugged terrain of the island makes it a paradise for canyoning. The waterfalls of the rivers become dizzy and challenges are for everyone. Le Trou de Fer, or Fleurs Takamata Jaunes are some of the "giants" that travelers face worldwide.
Wood Crafts, embroidery and openwork, very colorful sarongs, wine and Cilaos lentajas, vanilla Bourbon, one of the best qualities of the world-and rum.
There are outdoor markets in Saint Denis, Saint Paul and Saint Pierre, where he is also the Malagasy handicrafts and the African continent.
Reunion - The Island intense
His grandiose landscapes, unspoilt nature and magnificent possibilities for hiking have given international fame. But the meeting, located east of Madagascar in the Indian Ocean, is also an island that has taken advantage of their different influences.
History et geography
La Réunion, which has long been a stopover en route to the Indies, is French since 1764. Formerly called Bourbon Island, was renamed to its current name in 1794, referring to the "meeting of the States General." Nicknamed Island also intense, the meeting presents a unique volcanic and mountainous relief.
The nature tourism
While it has 210 km of coastline, the meeting is not simply its magnificent beaches and breathtaking cliffs. The island attracts walkers for its green and magnificent landscapes, its natural and mysterious circus, as Cilaos, Mafate and Salazie, that reveal varied flora orchids, tamarins in the highlands ...
The Piton (volcano) de la Fournaise
Reunion is a volcanic island and Piton de la Fournaise, which peaks at 2,632 m, is still one of the most active volcanoes on the planet. His ascension to admire sumptuous landscapes full of canyons, deserts, waterfalls, lava fields and steaming still make it into the main draw of the island.
Classics of the meeting table
Creole cuisine is a tasty mix of Indian, Chinese, African ... These influences and local product quality have made delicious delicacies such as birth bouchons, the samosas, the charisma, the rougails, and even the pate of the Meeting , served on special occasions.
Events and festivals
The Great Raid
Each year in October, the Grand Raid is organized on the island of Reunion. With the ascent of Piton de la Fournaise, the natural circuses cruise and the arrival in Saint-Denis, the route of this running race of more than 160 km is done in twenty hours for the most resistant. They call it the Diagonal of Fools!
Guide Reunion Island, a destination for natural beauty, ideal to relax and enjoy nature.
Located in the Indian Ocean east of Madagascar, the island is in the Mascarene archipelago, which also owns Mauritius.
In great contrast in their landscapes, Reunion Island offers the traveler many charms, with its high volcanic massifs, their circuses and forests, waterfalls and botanical gardens that can be known in hiking.
It is also interesting to visit some of the cities like the capital Saint Denis, with its markets and its culture and customs samples.
Tips and useful information for travel
To enter you need as well as to travel to France, if it is European identity card or a visa depending on the country of origin.
The official language is French, but Creole employ locals among them. Thirdly you should know that are recommended tetanus and hepatitis.
Overall a very safe destination, and you can travel by rental car through it with no problem, in fact it is a destination? European??.
Its currency is the euro, credit cards accepted standard in many establishments, also has ATMs in many places.
It is also advisable to bring warm clothing and rain when we go into meeting. Also good wear comfortable shoes, bring swimwear, a hat, sunscreen and if we can dive gear and buy an anti-mosquito.
There is no vaccine mandatory for travel to meeting, although it is recommended for malaria prophylaxis because of its proximity to Madagascar.
Where to sleep in Reunion Island
In Reunion we have different options to choose when looking to sleep, from luxury hotels to guest houses.
There is a wide range of hotels as it is a place prepared for tourism, and gives us from the most exclusive to other cheaper options like hotels with less stars, some guest houses, apartments, cottages, campsites and hostels.
Anyone who wants to sleep in high priced hotels, well located, plus all the amenities you have to choose from. Although there are not many great luxury in general often have exquisite attention all French.
But there are cheaper options but with fewer services, so you have left to you to choose according to your preferences and possibilities.
We chose to enjoy the service recommended Hotel Le Victoria, elegant Reunion Island located in Saint Pierre, South doors to Sauvage, a base for the most beautiful walks in the area.
The pool with sea views of Le Victoria Hotel.
Environment and environment
The sea views from this place are beautiful. This offers thirty rooms and bungalows spread around the inviting swimming pool set in an exotic garden. Facilities at Hotel Le Victoria are excellent as well as the different services offered.
Of course there are many more hotels and alternatives to suit our pocket, and the different tastes and preferences of the traveler, so in turn we can find hotels in Saint Denis, Saint Gilles, or other areas of Reunion Island.
This beautiful place is located in the Indian Ocean, about eight kilometers east of Madagascar, and about a hundred miles southwest of Mauritius. It is a major extension to this but has half the population.
Its volcanic origin makes your environment is unique. About three million years ago, a small volcano began to come to the surface of the ocean.
Today culminates in the Massif des Neiges, due to centuries of erosion and subsidence has resulted in three magnificent circuses.
The other major volcanic peak of the island, is the Piton de la Fournaise, which has created a desert landscape because of its periodic eruptions. He actually had a major eruption in 1986, spewing lava and increasing sea surface a little island.
Volcanic lava zones attract much attention of the tourist.
Meeting has two main mountain regions, with some high peaks as its highest peak, the Piton des Neiges, of 3,069 m above sea level, surrounded by three impressive amphitheatres, circuses Cilaos, Mafate and Salazie.
These lead to deep depressions with steep canyons walls and full of mountains and valleys, traces of old erosion volcanic shield surrounding the Piton des Neiges.
Meeting In southeastern mountainous region found the younger, evolving. It is a very rugged for the ways I take lava to cool. In between these two mountainous areas are plateaus and valleys and plains both the center of the island and along the coast.
Besides occasionally suffer the consequences of volcanic activity, has suffered the scourge of cyclones, as Clotilde island fell on a Friday black for the history of the island, on February 13, 1987.
In addition to its nature, one of the great attractions of Reunion Creole culture is its striking of French influence.
Old stone sculptures, fruit of the history of Reunion Island.
One aspect to note are its dances, and the traditional?? Séga??, Or variations that slaves who performed forged of white settlers.
The most important slave dance perhaps??'s Maloya??, Slow-paced and thoughtful. In his music we find different instruments like a drum, like a maraca caiambe the houleur, and more.
Are typical African rhythms, but also you can hear reggae and French or British folk music. Are common also the music of the Maloya and Sega.
The predominant religion is Catholicism, which will check to see that there are many shrines around the island. While there are also followers of the Hindu faith and the Muslim.
Within the culture of Reunion Island is noteworthy cuisine, with French influences, Indian, Chinese and Creole, which give rise to multiple interesting recipes.
Its official language is French, but Creole is used routinely among its inhabitants.
To reach Reunion Island from Europe have to catch a plane, and spend a good hour flight.
To reach Reunion Island from Europe have to catch a plane.
Direct flights departing daily from Paris Meeting. The airport, named Roland Garros, is located near Saint Denis, north of the island.
From other cities can also take flights departing Meeting, but with some scale in the way as in Mauritius, which lengthens the trip a few hours.
It is advisable to look for the packages or promotions that are offered at times with direct flights as yet Meeting access is uneconomical due to high prices of airlines.
As for transport, the best way to travel is to rent a car meeting and drive carefully on their roads to the coast and the interior.
In meeting the transportation is certainly something complicated.
Reunion Island is poorly served by public transport. Although it has a network of buses, the most common is that we use the expensive taxi or hire car (European prices) to move more comfortably around the island.
Also, to get around the island can use transportation providing us hire the services of a tourism company, we can find in the resorts and major cities.
These companies organize visits and various outdoor activities, such as Volcano Route recommended that takes us Mafate Circus, either mounted on a 4x4 or trekking for the adventurous.
Climate and when to go
Although you can travel almost any time for its climate, we can recommend a certain time to go to Reunion.
It is favorable in principle to travel there in the months from May to September.
Because of its climate is favorable in principle to travel there in the months from May to September when the weather is nice dry with little rainfall, and temperatures between 18 and 25 degrees Celsius or so.
Its climate varies to a greater extent than that of Mauritius due to the height of its mountains. There are two distinct seasons, hot and rainy summer, which runs from October to March, and the cool, dry winter, which lasts from April to September.
Also worth remembering that the east coast, to be open to the winds, is rather more humid than the western and mountainous region is the one with higher humidity and lower temperatures.
The night in the tourist destination of Reunion Island offers tourists interesting proposals.
Meeting At night there are different shows I enjoy.
On the one hand, note that there are usually at hotels every night a show for guests, and you can dance in the disco, from ten o'clock at night approximately.
The nightclubs Meeting hotels are generally good. They have good music and a friendly atmosphere, like the bars ran out of the hotels. Also we can go to other establishments in the island. There are clubs in other places like Grand Baie. It is advisable to wear long pants and no flip flops for a smooth transition.
Without being a great destination boisterous, there are a festive atmosphere in all these places. On the other hand we can say that on the island there are several casinos which try their luck. Also abound restaurants and bars.
There are different options to enjoy with local events, live music and even theme nights as night diving or doing some beautiful corner bivouac.
Festivals and Celebrations
In Reunion Island are interesting holidays and celebrations throughout the year.
Meeting are held at various festivals, rituals and festivals.
National Day is celebrated on July 14. It also celebrates the anniversary of the abolition of slavery, from 19 to 20 December at the rate of Maloya and Sega and other activities.
Besides the holidays are January 1, May 1, the Assumption on the 15th August, the day of All Saints, the armistice on November 11 or the celebration of the victory in World War II, the 8th of May, more apart from another.
Meeting Again there are several festivals, celebrations and rites of various kinds. Some are music, dance and other sports events there.
Among the rites of the island is the?? Cavadee??, Religious festival of Indian origin, and there are some ceremonies that walking on hot coals, which are held in the important Hindu temple of Saint-André.
There are celebrations in honor of the products of each meeting area, such as party Bras vanilla Panon in May, or the feast of Saint Joseph saffron in August, or the feast of Saint Denis Lychees in December.
In Reunion Island can make different purchases, to bring us some memory.
One of the markets where we can buy Meeting.
On the island you can make some acquisitions, offering wide range of products and a wide range of possibilities. The worst thing is the price, quite expensive.
It is advisable and interesting to know some of its markets such as Forain, which is located in Saint Paul and celebrated the weekend.
One of the places where tourists make purchases.
Here you can buy, haggling, from spices to perfumes through clothes and local crafts. Sometimes we can find an exciting shopping, including getting a bargain.
Apart from the markets, we can go to the typical crafts stores, and carry out some typical purchases we can make as spices such as vanilla or saffron, handicrafts, wooden objects and clothes with embroidery and vivid colors.
It is very advisable to make purchases at hotels.
Information on Reunion Island
Despite its small size? 2,100 square kilometers Reunion Island has a natural diversity more like a continent than an island, which makes it a very attractive destination for travelers.
The cannons flanking boardwalk part of Saint Denis, Reunion Island.
The Indian Ocean island emerges as a great volcano, with its steep slopes leading down to the coast. And with few beaches in the west and south.
Has Meeting with a flattened ball shape, with about forty kilometers from north to his and just over sixty at its widest section. Come together in her diversity, exoticism, to offer travelers many natural wonders as volcanoes, mountains, waterfalls and circuses.
In Reunion Island see places as beautiful as this near Cilaos.
His massive volcanoes are spectacular, with rivers of lava and jaw-dropping passes to tourists. Besides striking the set of black sand beaches, forests and gardens tamarind. But the area offers different faces: A lush hinterland with lush forests, volcanoes and famous circuses Mafate, Cilaos and Salazie.
The blending of the island is palpable to know, to penetrates in its cities like Saint Denis or Saint Paul, visiting coffee plantations and sugar cane, Creole mansions, or the famous pirate caves. The diversity of cultures is also reflected in the different religions practiced in Reunion and in different temples.
History of the island
The history of Reunion Island is very similar to that of Mauritius, with visits from several sea to become French territory.
Old stone sculptures, fruit of the history of Reunion Island.
It is thought that the Arabs first came to the island, to the tenth century Already in the twelfth century appeared on a map as Dina Margabin with Mauritius and Rodrigues Island, the three Mascarene islands that subsequently baptized Pedro de Mascarenhas Portuguese in the sixteenth century.
In the seventeenth century the island was occupied by the French, who named as Bourbon Island. For many years, due to its small population experienced a period of piracy world famous. Then has had other names like Bonaparte, to acquire the final meeting.
Old drawing that depicts a scene of the past of the island.
In the eighteenth century introduced coffee to the island, which was very important in its economy, slaves being used for cultivation. At the same time, received immigrants from China, Africa, Malaysia and India who have given their people the diverse character of you enjoy.
The island is overseas department of France since 1946. It is inhabited by 800,000 people and today is a popular tourist destination that receives thousands of tourists every year.
Discover Reunion Island
Knowing discover Reunion Island is a place of great diversity and fascinating environment.
Upon reaching the island, we conquer the beauty of its natural landscapes. Moreover, after enter the country, striking geography and culture.
There is much to do in Reunion, starting with its massive volcanoes, their circuses, its amazing greenery and offering panoramic multiple island. All this makes it a very attractive destination for tourists.
The Circus of Mafate, Cilaos and Salazie
Reunion Island has three breathtaking circuses, Mafate, Cilaos and Salazie, which are a real treat for lovers of the mountain.
The Circus of Mafate, Cilaos and Salazie are a wonderful place.
All are of interest, although surely the Mafate will be the most spectacular of the three, though also the most remote. So we must come by helicopter or by car, to continue on foot.
Well worth knowing Mafate, known as the land of the free, the landscapes that offers travelers from their viewpoint about 1800 meters high, which is reached by a trail that runs different corners of this circus.
The striking landscape was created by the collapse of the old volcanic massif and the erosion of the heavy rains.
The scenery is amazing we are.
Cilaos The Circus is also beautiful and attract our attention if we visited. Although less touristy, also gives us an amazing view.
It even nicer is Salazie Circus, with striking waterfalls that appear and disappear among its lush vegetation. It also highlights of this place the people close to this mountain formation, Hell-Bourg a beautiful place.
The volcanoes: Piton de la Fournaise and Piton des Neiges
The volcanoes of Reunion Island are also very striking: their names are Piton de la Fournaise and Piton des Neiges.
The Piton de la Fournaise is a major attraction for travelers.
In fact, they are one of the main attractions of this tourist destination, and are quite a sight to behold. Due to its volcanic activity monitored in principle are not endangered because they are well studied and followed closely by volcanologists.
To enjoy the volcanoes we have to get closer to Pas-de BELLECOMBE, from which we get an incredible view of the fireplace Fournaise Python.
We can also walk around the crater and the lunar landscape of the Plaine des Sables (sands plain), which is very close. Should be noted that you have to take a long walk to get to the volcanoes, as we can not be accessed by car. It is advisable to bring warm clothing and rain in case the weather changes.
View Plaine des Sables (or Plain Arena), which is a vast and barren landscape.
It may take about five hours on the road, as we follow the beacons, as we can make out from the parking lot to the peak.
The Piton de la Fournaise as it is also known, is of Hawaiian type and has about 2631 meters high, and some striking features of its crater fumaroles. Currently emits basaltic lavas we can observe closely.
This volcano is considered one of the world's most active volcanoes. Here you also find the Volcano House, a museum didactic shows Meeting volcanic history.
On the other hand, you can also see the Piton des Neiges, which is responsible for the creation of the circuses of Meeting, but not active now.
The views from the top of both peaks are splendid, may intuit as has shaped the island and admire its sloping gullies.
A small volcanic shelter to shelter from the rain.
In the southeast of the island are the lava flows, which have been formed in each eruption, thus meeting growing. We can distinguish different characters cast as they have identification.
In the part of the cast is a pretty village called Creole Belle Rose, not too touristy but charming.
Saint Denis is the capital of Reunion, is located in the north of the island and is one of the must-visit on our trip.
It is an attractive, small but vibrant and contrasting, certainly modern, if somewhat decadent. The negative part is that it's somewhat expensive.
It is known as the Paris of the Indian, and in the same call attention monuments such as the building of the Prefecture and the Barachois promenade which is its most chic area where are located luxury hotels, bars and elegant terraces.
They are also very attractive colonial houses of Paris Street and the gardens of the capital, especially the Jardin de l?? État.
The Jardin de l?? État is very beautiful to walk around.
Other attractions include Saint Denis promenade located on the eastern end, the Monument to the Fallen, old cannons and the City, considered one of the most beautiful buildings.
Then there is the large craft market where we can find a variety of items such as objects made of wood or exotic spices.
It is a place where like missing a bit in its streets, as Mariscal street or boulevard Leclerc Gasparin Luciano and Creole mansions to be from old buildings such as the East India Company.
One of the colonial houses that we see in Saint Denis.
In order to enjoy a splendid view of Saint Denis, we must go to one of the hill districts. Also typical is the excursion to climb the Ecrite Roche, a mountain that is usually quite high cloud cover.
From here you get spectacular views of lower Mafate circus. Up at dawn is recommended because it is the right time to carry out this experience.
Saint Gilles les Bains
Saint Gilles Les Bains is a place of Reunion also be visited. It is the quintessential coastal area a luxury that is felt.
Beach atmosphere, which appeals to both tourists and people of the island.
Saint-Gilles-Les-Bains was a small fishing village in the nineteenth century. In the late nineteenth century was discovered by travelers, thanks to the construction of a road. So grew his fame and popularity today.
If we can, it is interesting to spend one or two nights here, to see what life in this corner. On holiday period and during the weekends is crowded.
Good beach, which appeals to both tourists and people of the island.
The activity is concentrated in the twenty miles of lagoon and beach, white sand, to the delight of swimmers. This is a unique reef area on the island.
A nice view of Saint Gilles les Bains.
When you finish this area, ranging from Boucan Canot to La Souris Chaude, start the volcanic black sands, also called attention.
It is of interest Villele Museum, housed in what was once the residence of the wealthy and powerful Madame Panon-Desbassyns, old tycoon coffee and sugar which counted among its possessions with three hundred slaves.
Legend of the place as punishment for his cruelty, they can still hear their screams tormented when the volcano erupts.
Finally include the area comprising several beautiful waterfalls and ponds, as the Cormorant pond we got behind a trail about a mile inland from Saint-Gilles-Les-Bains.
If sufficient water level can be a wash and enjoy waterfalls.
Saint Paul is an attractive town that is also worth a visit, to discover its attractions and some of its long history, as it was where the first navigators.
The Marin cemetery is visited by tourists from Saint Paul.
It is a place, west of the island, which we can spend a few hours walk, leaving for another time also enjoy white sand beaches further south.
Saint Paul is the former capital of Reunion, and still gives off a certain colonial, plus a tropical character is felt in its historic buildings, which we discover as you walk around the promenade, flanked by several old cannons and various coconut.
Its promenade, flanked by several old cannons and various coconut.
The only monument as such is its cemetery Marin, which is in good condition. This beautiful corner reminds us of the past from Reunion Island, such as when it was a haven for pirates. In fact, here are graves of famous pirates like Olivier Le Vasseur, called "La Buse" meaning the Falcon, which lies beside the famous pirate symbol of a skull and crossbones.
Furthermore, in the cemetery Martin also lie the remains of historical characters Reunión.e different water level can be a wash and enjoy waterfalls.
Beaches in Reunion
West south of Reunion are most beaches you can find in this destination.
While meeting is good for travelers tourist attractions, beaches are other attractions that we know, while not the strong point of the island.
We found a variety of beaches, from the volcanic black sand with such unique, to the striking white sand.
Among the basaltic origin are the beaches of Etang Salé and Saint Paul, and white sand are those of Saint Pierre, La Saline, the wild beach or the popular Saint Leu Saint Gilles, among others.
Saint Pierre beaches are white sand.
In some it is dangerous to swim, as in Saint Paul. Saint Gilles, by contrast, is safer with its turquoise waters and coconut trees. To this is known as the little Saint Tropez from Reunion Island.
One of the most attractive is the beach of La Saline, with beautiful clear water lagoons. And one of the more touristy south is the beach of Saint Pierre, very good for diving.
Finally include the small south beautiful Grand Anse beach, near? Petite Ile?? where the locals are given to picnic and swim in a pond, as the sea at this point is dangerous for swimming.
Waterfalls and ponds
Waterfalls and ponds found in Reunion Island are other major tourist attractions.
The great Niagara waterfall Meeting that left us speechless.
Meeting is known as the land of waterfalls, by the sheer number of them. Some of the most visited are the Takamaka Valley, located in this leafy enclave depopulated, where these waterfalls called the traveler's attention by their prominence.
There are other that we can visit with more or less ease in meeting such as Niagara waterfall near Sainte Suzanne. Is indicated their location, and is a beautiful waterfall about 25 feet high.
There are also waterfalls in the area Salazie Circus, where they appear before the traveler, among the lush vegetation.
A small waterfalls found in Reunion Island
Regarding the ponds would highlight those of Saint Paul, in his National Park, and the Mare to Poule dŽEau. The ponds represent some wetland areas, where a large animal life and examples of its rich biodiversity.
Cormorant Pond, which is next to Saint Gilles les Bains.
When quite water are places suitable for swimming, and swim safely.
The Reunion addition to spectacular natural places, has some interesting museums.
See museums is an interesting way to learn the history and other details of this place. Most of them are located in the capital Saint Denis, as the Natural History Museum which displays a collection of wildlife Meeting and exhibitions on nature.
The Artothèque is the contemporary art museum has more than a thousand pieces, located in a beautiful wooden Creole villa dating back to the nineteenth century.
In Saint Denis also Léon Dierx museums with important collections of modern art, and the Musee de la Vraie Fraternity or Brotherhood, which tells the story of the union of the different communities that populate Reunion.
Léon The museum is another interesting point Dierx to visit.
Then there is the museum of the Maison du Volcan or Volcano House in Bourg Murat, where we explain the volcanic history of the island.
Also of interest Villele Museum in Saint Gilles les Bains, situated in what was the residence of the wealthy and powerful Madame Panon-Desbassyns, old tycoon coffee and sugar.
The botanical gardens in Reunion
There are several interesting botanical gardens to visit in Reunion, with which to meet its unique vegetation.
Because moisture and volcanic terrain - it is recalled that the volcanic soil is of great fertility-Meeting has lush vegetation, very attractive.
Thus, the botanical gardens are a great place to discover Indian Ocean species, which are in a high percentage endemic flora.
LŽEtat The Garden of Saint Denis is one of them, with more than five hundred trees and shrubs. Next to it, in La Montagne is the Garden of Cendrillon, displaying a unique collection of beautiful tropical plants.
The dŽEden Garden is a good place to see its exotic plants.
Then there are the botanical gardens of La Vanilleraie or Vanilla, showing how it grows and this plant is typical of Meeting and the Exotic Garden Saint Pierre you'll quickly walk, as we see many varieties of exotic plants an ideal place.
There are other gardens to visit including the charming Le Jardin dŽEden, Le Jardin Natural or the des Parfums et des Epices, among others.
Other places of interest
In Reunion Island can see other places of tourist attraction in addition to the above points of this guide.
View des Hauts National Park, with its lush vegetation.
St. Pierre is one of them, known as the capital of the south of the island. Without having great monuments, a city for home quietly while watching Creole, City Hall and other beautiful places.
The Hauts are another point of interest that you can visit in Reunion, when we enter the interior of the island we des Hauts National Park, showing beautiful green spaces and rich biodiversity.
We may know the Grand Bule in the eastern part of meeting near the Piton de la Fournaise, as it is the landing area of ??lava from this volcano.
Grand Bule in the eastern part of Reunion, is the landing area of ??the lava.
In the surrounding lunar landscape is appreciated but simultaneously lush vegetation.
This contrast is striking between black volcanic rock and forest green, making it an ideal place for trekking. Also worth mentioning is the pretty village of Hell Bourg we find in the mountains of deep Salazie Reunion Island.
As curiosity would emphasize the spa tradition, but today does not have its former spa, if you have an interesting hostel.
Contrast between the black volcanic rock and forest green.
In the part of the lava flows are a pretty village called Creole Belle Rose, not too touristy but very charming. For diving enthusiasts should go to the west coast, where you can see corals and exotic fish.
Finally highlight the south coast, a wild area where he is a strong wind and no volcanic cliffs.
001-CP1153: In the vicinity of Hotel Diana Dea Lodge Deer roam. Located 600 meters above sea level, overlooking Sainte-Anne, in the middle of a game reserve of 150 acres fenced. A true haven of peace surrounded by nature, the hotel has a beautiful view over the Indian Ocean. The architecture and materials include stone and wood. The rooms are cozy and have terraces or balconies covered with 180 °. 24 classic rooms, 5 "privilege" "rooms" and a suite. Guests can enjoy the library, a bar and a main lounge with large central fireplace, a terrace, ... a restaurant, a conference room and a spa.
Heated pool, pool table, two hiking trails.
Directions: Coming from Saint-Benoît, turn right on Saint-Anne. After church and bridge, Chemin become Morange. At the end of the road turn along Cambourg Road and drive a few hundred meters, turn right towards the Piton Armand and continue from one sign to another until you reach the entrance to the estate.
002-CP0161: Sunset with rainbow background. A Ramadero care of his cows. In Réunion, its magnificent scenery, unspoilt nature and magnificent possibilities for hiking have given international fame. But the meeting, located east of Madagascar in the Indian Ocean, is also an island that has taken advantage of their different influences.
003-CP0192: Sunset with rainbow background. Some cows grazing on the plain. Surrounded by the vastness of the Indian Ocean, Reunion Island offers a variety of landscapes. At each altitude of his monumental relief, the island changed its face and surprises us with jagged peaks, deep gorges and precipices, forests dripping with waterfalls and large lunar plains. Its peculiar relief is the result of two successive volcanic eruptions and after centuries of erosion and subsidence, lush sculpted three circuses: Mafate, Salazie and Cilaos. The other major volcanic massif, the Piton de la Fournaise, has created a desert landscape with its periodic eruptions impressive day and night like fireworks. A tour at your leisure by a fascinating island. The towering mountains and gorges make Reunion island a paradise for lovers of trekking and hiking but tropical hue of its sandy beaches. Unpublished landscapes and enjoy the great hospitality of the locals.
004-CP0387: Maido SUMMIT. At almost 2,000 meters, is the viewpoint from where you have a perfect view of the islets of Mafate. Maido (Piton Maido) is a view of Mafate and the highlands of Reunion, located in the west of the island. About 2,200 m above sea level, overlooking us Piton Maido Mafate over 1,000 meters and offers a magnificent landscape. This view of Mafate, one of only accessible by car, is but one of the most visited tourist attractions on the island.
Maido The meeting site is accessible by car from the west of the island, climb in the Highlands: either by road from the theater of Saint-Gilles-Les-Bains either via ramps Saint Plateau Caillou Paul
Then take the direction of William and again ... Maïdo take the forest road (RF8) passing through Petite France .. continue to rise, parking is a few meters from the point of view. It takes about three quarters of an hour to reach the summit of the coast.
005-CP0342. Aircraft flight flying over the Maido SUMMIT Mafate and islets. Circuses: Mafate, Cilaos and Salazie. At the foot of the Piton des Neiges three impressive open circuses which can only be accessed through narrow gorges. Circuses are Mafate, Cilaos and Salazie, a gem for mountain lovers. Two of them are within walking distance: Salazie and Cilaos but Mafate only be reached on foot or fly by helicopter. Inside live some native communities, many of them descendants of slaves who fled the plantations of sugar. Despite its isolation, in tourism have opened and even offer cheap hosting. Salazie circus is perhaps the most beautiful of all, though not the largest. Countless waterfalls tumble from the top, rushing down the steep slopes Dying to sea. In the background, in the depths, you are the people of Hell Bourg, a beautiful mountain village of thermal tradition. A natural disaster ended the spa. The village was recovered in the 80 and is on the list of the most beautiful villages of France. In Cilaos Circus is a town of the same name, where you can stay in luxury hotels, such as the Vieux Cep, and emphasize the colorful Creole mansions. This area is suitable for sports practice viewpoint riesgo.Un Cirque de Mafate which can be reached by car is Piton Maido. It leads directly to the circus and you can see places like Marla, Trois Roches, Roche Plata and La Nouvelle. The landscape is very strange and absolutely stunning.
To get to the point of view, always follow the forest road no. 8 (RF8) to its end where you park the car at a height of 2,190 m. Be sure to start early in the morning because the clouds are already moving before noon. From St. Leu found on the west coast, it took about 2 hours to get Piton Maido.
006-CP0476: Maido SUMMIT. Located nearly 2,000 meters, is the viewpoint from where you have good views of Mafate. High above St-Gilles-les-Bains on the edge of Mafate Cirque, Le Maido is one of the most impressive viewpoints of the island of Reunion. The viewpoint is at the top of the top of the mountain in the 2205M (7232ft) and offers stunning views down into the circus and back to the coast. Arrive early in the day if you want to see something other than the cloud.
The name comes from Le Maido Malagasy word meaning 'scorched earth', and is more likely a reference to the appearance burned scrub forest at this altitude. The peak is the starting point of the walk is along the edge of the circus to the summit of Le Grand Bénare (2896m/9501ft), another stunning viewpoint (at least six hours for the return trip). Hikers can also descend from Le Maido in the Cirque de Mafate Silver Roche path Sentier, which meets the variant GR R2 that connects the towns of Roche Plate Îlet des Orangers (allow three hours to reach Roche Plate). Ambitious hikers can go in the direction of Îlet des Orangers and down to the village of Sans Souci near Le Port standing a long day (at least eight hours).
007-CP0527: Maido viewpoint. The Maïdo is located in the mountains of San Pablo, and is home to one of the most spectacular views of the island during the Cirque Mafate and much of the west coast. The ride there is a good outing in itself, as the drive takes you through one of the beautiful forest of tamarind trees in Reunion. The Maïdo also a starting point for hikes leading to Mafate excellent and also to the Grand Bénare, third highest peak of the island, at an altitude of 2898m.
008-CP0546: perfume distillery in the small town of Petit France. Chez Isabel, where geraniums are grown for the production of aromatic fragrances. Location: La Petite France is located in the tourist route piton
Maïdo 8 Forest Road, 15 miles east of St. Paul.
People of average height Pacifica, Petite France is known for its
planting geraniums. Its economy is based on the distillery
aromatic plants, as well as tourism, business enjoy their
Villages participation Creole labels.
History: La Petite France is causing a property Ker Anval,
Lougnon family grandfather. Mr. Ker Anval built his house
middle of the jungle. The atmosphere was that of France, all grew well,
and friends who had cried, but is a bit of France, where
name. The forest was then composed of wood color: Tan Network
Braids, iron wood ...
Around 1920, it was the heyday of geranium fell on the forest
geranium, which remains the main crop of Petit France and
give him so characteristic landscape with acacia trees is used to maintain
houses stills for distillation. These trees grow very fast and
alternating with geranium allow land to regenerate, because the
geraniums both exhausted.
In the village craftsmen cut a pipe that is in large
amount Maïdo road. The tube is the only native bamboo
Meeting, is endemic and rarely flowers. The tube was much
used at the time of the construction of huts and cabins.
The population of the Petite France is mainly composed of farmers
Geranium. The Mafatais in many decided to settle there after
leaving the circus.
With the advent of new families of geranium planters are problems
participation in religious services and schooling of children. Indeed
residents must travel to Guillaume, but in a very
poor condition. Lougnon family decides to offer a reason for
municipality for the construction of a primary school, and one in the diocese to be
establish a Catholic chapel.
The chapel was built in 1955 by Jean and Jacques Lougnon, helped settlers who work on your property. The small chapel
France rectangular, covered with a gable roof is built with basalt stones, ravines around
and cut in the hotel attached to the lime.
- Flavors unusual restaurants where you can enjoy a nice creole, curry Firewood,
specialty cakes geranium or Creole.
- Breweries, with the preparation of a geranium cooked.
- An amusement park: luge, ponies, archery, located in a lush natural vegetation.
- The adventure park in the trees, a fun course with sea views
009-CP0593: Outdoor gardens Chez Isabel. In this place grow and sell silver and scents. Petit France is a small village on the island of Reunion, a French overseas department in the southwest Indian Ocean sea. It lies on the western slope of the mountain top called Maido in the mountains of San Pablo, itself located in the west of the island. Its economy is based on the distillation of perfumes, and tourist activity enjoyed participating on the label Creole Villages.
WATERFALL 10 BLANCHE, the most famous waterfall in Reunion Island .. This waterfall has 4 successive steps down a wall on the steep green valley Bras Caverne Canyon River. French topographic maps compared with aerial photographs clearly show a fall well above the 500 meters, our feeling is of 640 meters is about accurate as cataracts start in the 840 meters contour and depleted in the 200m contour slightly above the point where the water from the ravine of Blanche in the waters of the Bras de Caverne. The highest drop alone is a clear 400 meters waterfall ponytail that stands in stark contrast to the deep green of the forest adorned cliff face.
HISTORY AND NAMES
Also known as: The Waterfall Ravine Blanche
Blanche, Cascade is the official name of this waterfall
Falls are appointed by the stream in which they exist.
This is one of the most famous waterfalls of the island of Reunion. The falls drop by the slopes of the river valley Bras Caverne in four steps. At first, we were lead to believe the total drop of the falls was in the range of 400 meters, however, recent evidence points to just the first drop is 400 meters by itself, with the total height easily breaking 600 meters (although we not 't know how much exactly). We have estimated the falls at 2100 feet, but there are some advertisements that surround the Internet that indicate the falls can be of the order of 800 meters. The falls seem to be in a relatively small drain, but during the rainy season, which is pretty impressive, and can be very powerful.
011-CP0992: Cascada de Voile de la Mariee. Further along the same route of Le Point du Jour, just north of the turnoff to Grand Îlet, do not miss the Cascade du Voile de la Mariee. These stunning fall falls into several stages, from the heights in the cloud often obscured in the ravine on the road. They have better views from the road to Grand Îlet.
012-CP1288: Trekking around Grand Etang Lake. Point de vue sur Grand Etang. Course: Short hike
Time: 3:00 h
Distance: 8 km (outward / return)
Tips: Provide shoes and rainwear
Access:. "Casa Servaux" Parts of the RN 3 (ideally the parking lot of the "pyramid"), the journey begins with the old national road then continue to the site of the former
Once we got in a good way up the Barranco dryer.
A crossing of the dryer agricultural plain old achieved Barranco Camp Head. When the season is suitable, guava tasting edges of the track is possible.
In addition, the tea plants Tea Bourbon recall the time, but also the garden project agro-tourism.
It's time to climb the Morne de l'Etang. 200 meters of altitude to travel fairly quickly.
It does not take long to reach the viewpoint that offers a beautiful view of the lake at the foot of the east coast. After the break, the return is as nice as the go.
The situation on the balcony of Grand Etang is the main interest of this short hike. Ben More readings landscapes, to the village of La Plaine des Palmistes then the sea, the rich flora of the area is the interest of the whole tour.
013-CP3548: Waterfall Grand Galet. The cascade of Grand Galet or Langevin waterfall is a waterfall on the island of Reunion, a French overseas department in the southwest Indian Ocean. It reports that the municipality of Saint-Joseph, a town of La Reunion is located in the south of the island. Also located on the border of the National Park of La Reunion. River Langevin offers several possibilities all welcome. Bath and picnic are welcome everywhere. A series of basins in the mouth: Mouth Basin, Cuenca Pascal Beef, where cattle used to drink, Tamarin Basin, Benji, the Dinan Basin, Blue, near the dam, and finally pools Jacqueline swallows and Cascades . The road follows the river Langevin is shaded by old lychees, avocados and bananas. In the right amount, the small factory built in 1959 Langevin produces annually 15 million kw / h, and serves the entire region. Several families live in a place called The Pastrelle, name of an ancient bridge made of logs on the river. Above the curve of the road, the magnificent spectacle of The Cascade Langevin, also known as the Great Cascade roller. The waterfall is spread over a large wall and consists of several waterfalls. There are constantly flowing water. Grand Galet, the road goes, a small village with wooden houses.
014-CP3681: Canyoning in Rio Langevin, next to the waterfall of Grand Galet. Reunion Island is one of the greatest havens with which you can find on earth canyoning. There is much to explore, and what are known as mythical places that everyone dreams of visiting at least once in life. Among all the ravines of the island, stands the Trou de Fer, probably one of the world's most technical descents. So there were Sol Rios, Miriam Lanaspa, Pilar Rojo, Annabella Fairtlough, Dani Martin, Pedro Rincón, Dani Padrós Padrós and Santi, and returned with the "Five Ten" a bit broken and wetsuits with the odd hole. Gone were declines as Takamaka I and III (v4/a6/IV), The Trou de Fer (v7/a5/V, for Bras Mazerin), Fleur Jeunes "integral" (v4/a3/IV), Cap Blanc (v4/a6/V) and Coloscopie (v4/a3/VI). In its activity, it should be noted an unusual decrease of "Trou de Fer" (hell hole) in time and in a team of 8 participants, two national first major canyons (Cap Blanc and Coloscopie), unless the protagonists have knowledge, exploring new places and over 4000 meters of accumulated abseiling. "Many times intense, blind trust with peers, incredible jumps, dangerous water movements, rappels infinite strings madrugones shattered and unusual for a sport considered" quiet ", so are the ravines of the Reunion Island. We stayed in the inkwell some isolated ravine in Mafate circus, maybe in a next time, maybe in the next life, in the end a total of nearly 20 declines were evident in our fatigued bodies ... "
015-CP3706: Canyoning in Rio Langevin, next to the waterfall of Grand Galet. The relief of the land led to the formation of countless bras, (local name defined by mountain streams) and ravines (torrents). With more than 70 canyons equipped, plus countless climbing routes, Meeting is without doubt a world reference for lovers of canyoning.
The characteristics of the majority of declines, quite different from the ravines we have for our latitudes. In Meeting the main protagonist is the slope, both total and partial, since large waterfalls are common, such as Ravine Blanche, where initially water rushes through cascades paths 440 and 310 meters respectively. Or also accumulated altitude in excess of 1000 meters, such as the Bras Magazine, at 1,140 meters. The approaches and ravines returns are also an adventure, since in many cases, especially in the canyons Salazie Circus, running through thick vegetation, saving sections that become vertical with the help of ropes fixed aluminum ladders, or just doing the Tarzan by the roots and branches of trees. They are what are called in Reunion sentiers of canyoneurs (hitting trails or canyoning). We alucinábamos to think about work and difficulty opening these trails should carry. Proof of this is that the opening of the ravine of Rivière des Roches, involved a 14-day expedition, the biggest opening in the history of canyoning.
Back in 1989 the French mountain guide Pascal Colas, first came to Meeting on an expedition of three weeks. Pascal became enthralled with the extraordinary potential of the island, so much so that what was initially going to be a three week stay turned into six months ... To him we owe the birth of canyoning and climbing on the island and the opening of many descents as the Trou de Fer, Takamaka, Ravine Blanche Fleur Jaunes and so on. Pascal finally settled in Reunion, founding several companies of guides: Canyon Reunion, the Compagnie des Guides de la Réunion and Réunion Sensations.
All gullies can be classified into three groups according to their characteristics: the ravines green, red and blue. The green ravines are located in Circus Salazie. They are so called because of the lush vegetation that surrounds and are very engaged. Because accesses both characteristics exhibit a quite complex.
The red cliffs are located in Circus and Mafate Cilaos. They owe their name to the countless ferrous outcrops that give so characteristic reddish color to the rock. Your profile is similar to the canyons we found for our latitudes, particularly in the Pyrenees.
Finally the blue cliffs located in the coastal and dry much of the year, have a little embedded channel and therefore a relatively simple access.
016-CP1064: Hotel Diana Dea Lodg. Guests can enjoy cocktails and meals in a magnificent country house, 600 meters high, in the middle of a large Domaine of 150 ha and completely open to nature, designed for a relaxing: enjoy a good book while sitting leather chair in the lounge or in your room, enjoy the quiet and the views over the Doamine and the Indian Ocean and from time to time will be able to see deer. Dea Diana Restaurant, open to nature, with stunning Indian Ocean, is a place in the mineral and vegetable mixture of stone and tropical flowers and precious woods. The menu constantly evolves and is welcomed throuhout the year with a friendly and quality service. The wine list offers a wide selection of French wine, but is also open to the world. The creative cuisine of our chef and his current team, rich in scents and colors. The team is partnering with the best local produce local spices and flavors, offering a traditional menu and cuisine. Composed exclusively with fresh products, there is much room for seafood, delivered to the cottage every day, not forgetting the local specialties such as the Meeting: coconut chou, chouchou, yams, Cambar, Bourbon and Vanilla selection of French specialties such as meat medallion, Foie Gras, Duck Breast, Noix de Saint-Jacques. As the seasons pass, our meeting and French chefs seamlessly integrate their talent and ingenuity to the processing of fruit and vegetables from the island but long forgotten. The table on the Diana Dea Lodge is reputed as one of the best in the area.
017-CP1056: Sunset at the Hotel Diana Dea Lodge. Located in a park of 150 acres on the island of La Reunion, Diana Dea Lodge is 9 Km from Sainte-Anne. This 4-star hotel features an infinity pool and a spa offering facials and massages. Rooms at the Diana Dea Lodge feature a balcony with panoramic views. All rooms have LCD TV with satellite channels and a minibar. All rooms have internet access and a bathroom. The breakfast buffet is served in the restaurant and on sunny days, guests can dine on the terrace. The lounge bar combining wood and stone elements, providing a good place to have a drink by the fireplace. Other facilities include a library and a pool table. Private parking on site and the hotel is accessible from Roland Garros Airport, 47 km.
018-CP1056: Access road to the Hotel Diana Dea Lodge. Diana Dea Lodge located in the center of an old hunting domain closed over 150 acres of lush greenery. It is 600 meters above Sainte-Anne village between Salazie & La Plaine des Palmistes. This hostel is a natural paradise with breathtaking views over the Indian Ocean. The architecture and design of the country house is set in nature, which are mostly made of wood and stone, in a simple but cozy. Here everything is in place for a quiet time, relax in the spa or simply enjoying a cocktail by the pool! Diana Dea Lodge offers two types of accommodation: 24 superior rooms and 6 rooms Privilege. Are placed on two floors and all the characteristics of a terrace or balcony furnished with a bedroom area that offers a spectacular 180 º view over the Indian Ocean. The bathrooms are equipped with shower, bath and separate toilet, but also have a window to enjoy the view of nature while taking a bath. The simply decorated rooms orderly offers a sweet blend of wood with some contemporary fittings, woolen fabrics, and stone walls.
019-CP1950: Jacky Tattoo (Salon de Tatouage à St.Leu). The past pirate island of Reunion is present in every corner. Not the only strange story being told. Everyone talks, for example, pirate La Buse, who after paying his boat off the coast of the island, decided to bury his huge treasure inside so that nobody could recover. There are still those who seek him. Or Sitarane villain whose tomb in the cemetery of Saint-Pierre, cults are held nightly. Pirates, bandits and slaves, real or fictitious come their way in the Reunion tour. As out to find a broad mix of races, traditions, music, food and religions. The latter abound Catholic, there is more to take a look at the glossary of saints who give their name to the people. There are plenty of churches, such as Piton Sainte-Rose, in the south, surrounded by lava, which recalls with votive wreaths and how to be saved from the last eruption. Catholic also, the baroque church of the small town of Sainte-Anne who has the honor of having been chosen by Truffaut to shoot the wedding scene with Catherine Deneuve Jean-Paul Belmondo in "Mississippi Mermaid," which made Meeting on the film map. Closer to the capital are the colorful temples Saint-André Tamils ??or Hindus Beaufonds or Saint-Denis, in which Shiva, Parvati Parasurama or acquire a more native and transformed into Pandialé, Maryamèn or Karli. And with so many religions, the cult of the dead most native, who practiced their ceremonies Malagasy slaughter of chickens or cattle in the night of full moon, always looking to neighboring Madagascar, with a glass of rum with vanilla on hand and frenetic pace, which in some cases can go into trance, the "Maloya". All very unreal, yet amazingly, almost magical. That's Meeting. Diving in tandem-paragliding from the top of Saint Leu and watch as the wind flirts with fabric, cane plantations, streams and coral lagoon. Visit the home of vanilla, in Saint-André, a museum that explains the process of pollination and plant ancestral wealth he brought to the island. Make a helicopter tour of the central area of ??Reunion, almost the only way to appreciate its incredible beauty in alternating volcanic deserts and lush jungles. Visit the Cave of the First French, near Saint Paul, the oldest city of the island, a place of refuge for pirates, and the nearby cemetery, where there are numerous tombs of the eighteenth century both landed and pirates. Tour the Garden of Spices, one of the largest botanical gardens that spread the island, with four acres of trees and plants, to recreate the old test range that was meeting. Haggle Forain market in Saint-Paul, in the west of Reunion weekend. On your marks, placed at the edge of the sea, admire both fruit and vegetable stalls as perfumes, handicrafts, embroidery and spices. Admire Salazie Circus with its numerous waterfalls that appear and disappear in the vegetation, and atop Hell-Bourg, part of the distinguished club "The most beautiful villages of France". Appreciate the development of a personalized perfume as those made "sense memory" as, in the town of L'Entre-Deux. Enjoy the two catchy rhythms of the island, the ancient "Maloya" sung by the slaves, and the insistent "Sega" that mixes folk music and European.
020-CP0030: Cemetery of Saint Paul, the ancient capital of Meeting, and it still gives off a certain colonial, plus a tropical character is felt in its historic buildings, which we discover as you walk around the promenade, flanked by several old cannons and various coconut. The only monument as such is its cemetery Marin, which is in good condition. This beautiful corner reminds us of the past from Reunion Island, such as when it was a haven for pirates. In fact, here are graves of famous pirates like Olivier Le Vasseur, called "La Buse" meaning the Falcon, which lies beside the famous pirate symbol of a skull and crossbones. Furthermore, in the cemetery Martin also lie the remains of various historical characters Meeting.
021-CP1217: Fumigation of sugar cane fields near the road Cambopurg. Sugar cane is the main crop and product exported from this island. Its currency is the euro since 2002 and until now. Previously we used the French franc since 1973, the year in which the country's currency replaced the French franc Meeting. The Meeting is dependent on imports of food and energy. Moreover, unemployment is a serious problem. Its Gross Domestic Product per capita is significantly lower than in mainland France. Therefore benefits from structural funds granted by the EU less favored economic zones. A date of 2010 had the highest unemployment rate in the European Union, with 28.9%
022-CP1273: Trekking around Grand Etang Lake. Point de vue sur Grand Etang.
Here is a different and much sportier to visit the Grand Etang. If two-thirds of the track is a flat area, the last part is more difficult. You can still see around the house Servaux traces of cultures as well as a great airplane, but the area is deserted long time. Now is the area of ??guava and often see people in the Plaine des Palmistes with big cans together to make a delicious jam.
Parking is easy to find on the edge of the National. There is limited space, but few applicants for this tour! The start of production is in a stretch of the old road, but it takes imagination to see roll, even in 4x4. Beyond the ruins of the house Serveaux, dense vegetation, especially guava, to become inextricable. But this road is still apparent through increased bed dryer rocky ravine and reach the foot of the Dismal Pond. The climb is severe, but relatively short, slippery and muddy. Then you have come a little in a beautiful forest fanjans to finally reach the top and the view of the lagoon. From the viewpoint, we see to the left a trail that looked like it was going to be used by hunters tangues. The bravest lent to admire the beautiful feet of green branles growing in thick layers of foam, some of which reach several meters in circumference. We can follow the ridge on a good length and get the views of the lagoon which differ from the conventional. This road has been recently recognized by the National Federation of the Blind has confirmed its desire not to do anything to maintain it. Therefore, it will become, like many others, will soon be impossible to find and will be abandoned if we are not more likely to visit. It's a shame because it is a short walk away and offers a beautiful view of the lagoon and Takamaka area.
023-CP1191: pineapple fields located along the road from Cambopurg. The Reunion Victoria pineapple is considered one of the best in the world. The word is derived from pineapple nana, which means fragrant in the language spoken by the Guarani Indians, natives of Paraguay. The Spanish called this fruit pineapple because it looks like a pine cone. The English language has remained the reference and appoint pineapple. Monocot Ananas comosus plant belongs to the family of bromeliads. Pineapple grows from a very shallow root system and brittle (root). It is mostly found in the first 15 cm of soil. The plant is characterized by a large rosette of fleshy, sometimes prickly, the youngest in the old town and goes wide. With the exception of the youngest leaves, all are pineapple leaf shaped gutter. On the underside of the leaves, there is a recovery squamous allowing absorption of mineral salts dissolved therein and water. The inflorescence on the cob, thick shaft, appears from the terminal bud of the stem, which appears in the center of the rosette of leaves. In this inflorescense There are just over 8 flowers open at the same time. therefore, the bloom lasts for 20-30 days as all flowers do not open at the same time. The flowers are hermaphroditic and autostérieles. The flower has three sepals and three petals, six stamens, an ovary with three boxes covered with thin style with a stigma into three branches. The ovary also contains three nectar glands leading to style base. Each flower has a bract underneath. After flowering, petals, stamens and style wither. All other parts of the flower will grow to form a parthenocarpic fruits. All these individual fruits are placed side by side pineapple meat whereas inflorescence axis forms the heart. Pineapple is a false fruit is a fruit compound called sincárpico. Outside of the pineapple fruit, a large number of eyes corresponding to the ends of bracts and sepals. There are many eyes as individual fruits. On top of the fruit develops a drink. Pineapple plant is a fruit that gives only 12 to 15 months after planting. The plant produces shoots that will be used for new plantations. Therefore, we should allow 2 years between the production of pineapple in the same plot. Pineapple is a tropical plant that does not tolerate temperatures below 10 ° C. There are many varieties temperatures, the pineapple market in the world is based on a small number of them being the Cayenne, Red Spanish, the Queen and Abacaxi. A Reunion and Mauritius, are grown Queen Victoria (or Victoria), a small soft-fleshed fruit, prickly leaves yellow and very sweet, bright. It is considered the best pineapple. The pineapple was introduced in Bourbon (Réunion) in 1668.
024-CP0654: Isabel, owner of Chez Isabel, place in which craft brew and sell perfume. Perfume Distillery & Piton Maido
This exciting tour takes you to the heart of rugged volcanic interior of the island before heading to a fascinating fragrance distillery, where you will learn the importance of geraniums in the process of perfume making. Then enjoy shopping time in the beachside resort of St. Gilles popular.
WHAT TO VISIT
La Petite France Perfume Distillery - Geranium leaves make a delicious when distilled essence creating many popular perfumes. This process, which takes place every two months or so, use 1.500 lbs. leaves to produce only four cups of essence. Geraniums were introduced to South Africa meeting in the 1800s and are a tall plant. Here in La Petite France, you can buy geranium oil.
St. Gilles - There will be free time to walk around this popular beach town on the west coast and the souvenir shop.
Piton Maido - Here you can enjoy breathtaking views of the distant Mafate Cirque and the highest peaks of the island, including Piton des Neiges and the plains below. Piton des Neiges volcano is flanked by three worn erosion cirques. A circus is a large caldera surrounded by steep rock walls.
WHAT YOU SEE ON THE ROAD
From the pier, take a scenic drive along the west coast, passing through the city of St. Paul, where the first inhabitants of the meeting were established in 1646. Ever-changing landscape of the leeward coast is fringed with long ribbons of beaches composed of either white or black sand. The sugar cane fields, geraniums and tamarind come to light, with the characteristic culture change as altitude increases. After Piton Maido photo stop and visit La Petite France, continue to the village of St. Gilles and then back to the dock.
025-CP0516: Downhill mountain biking in the mountains and mountain Mafate Maido.
Mafate The Circus is one of the 3 major collapses oldest volcano on the island of Reunion. This is the wildest and the only that remains inaccessible to vehicles. It can be reached only on foot or by helicopter. The edge of the circus is an almost vertical wall, over 1000m high. It's called "wall". Maïdo Peak (2203M) is located on the western edge of the "wall". Maïdo, in Malagasy, means "scorched earth". However, even from a botanical point of view, this ballad is enriching, because to get to the platform Maïdo, you need to start your journey from sea level, and as you get up, you will cross several layers of vegetation: growing areas (sugar cane and coffee), to the forests of height 1000 m (up to 1900m) with particular trees marmoset. Then, the forest disappears, as shown meadows. From the 2000m high, only to fall short of some plants, such as bushes, gorse and grasses. One advantage of Maïdo is easily accessible by car, in an excellent way: not as frequent to climb 2000m without tiring! You will arrive in a parking 2180m high and you will only have to walk 5 minutes to join the Belvedere. On the road, crossing villages where still cultivate plants such as geranium and vetiver, which is used in perfumery. From 1500 meters high, is passed along numerous kiosks equipped for barbecue, where families come to picnic meeting and even to spend the weekend in a friendly atmosphere. Along the way, first ignore the fields and the coastal plain, then through the forest, and when you leave it, you will discover the great landscape of the west of the island. Last but not least, from the viewpoint, the Mafate incredible view of the circus, with its impressive height and verticality of the cliffs will bring you breathless! From there, if you look up, receive island summits:. The Piton des neige ("snow peak" - 3070m), the Gros Morne (2991m, where the convergence of the cliffs of Mafate, Salazie and Cilaos cliffs to the right, you will see the summit Bénare Great (2896m), accessible on foot from Maïdo (6 hours to go / back). On the other side Mafate circus can make a good trip to Roche and Roche Ecrite Verre Bouteille viewpoints.
> In the first, start your journey from 'Le Brulé "village, overlooking Saint-Denis.
> In the second, begin their journey from the village of "Dos d'Ane", overlooking Le Port.
Maïdo is a good starting point for beautiful walks:
> Grand Bénare (2896m), for 6-7 h to get there and back.
> Walk Mafate, by way of "The Gap", we reach the village of Roche Plate, 1100m lower: 2.5 hours to descend, but 4 hours to get back up! This trip is not recommended for people who suffer from vertigo!
For thrills amateurs, Maïdo is an ideal place to practice:
> Paragliding and hang gliding
> Mountain biking: good advice: Maido is possible to reach the mountain bike rental company van, and ride down with his mountain bike: a great pleasure!
Mountain bike rental companies:
> Télénavette, located in Saint Gilles: 02 62 45 18 67.
> Meeting Rando Passion: 02 62 24 26 19 ou 06 92 88 54 58.
MY PERSONAL RECOMMENDATIONS: Instead of driving back to St. Paul by the same way, a good tip is to take the "Route Forestry 9" (forest road No 9): This road is also called "Route des Tamarins" (road Tamarin tree) that carries Tévelave overlooking Entang Sale (Salty Lake). This is a very nice way (40 km long, which is always in the forest between 1200m and 1400m high, offers a very attractive, cool and quiet. Along the way, many picnic spots very well equipped and maintained at their disposal. If caught in the rain, in the middle, a path to escape and leads to Saint-Leu.
GETTING THERE: By car: you have to leave (temprano!) From Saint Paul and the cross "Guillaume" and "Petite France" people using the road RF8. About 25 km to go.
A TIP TO EAT: Bring your own food! There are a number of places that await you in gorgeous locations, equipped with barbecue. You only have the embarrassment of the choice and, if you prefer, you can always find a secluded place.
INTERESTING FACTS Hours: It is imperative to leave very early. Like many islands, clouds can go very fast, usually around 10 am, is deprived of sight. So feel free to check out the rising day.
026-CP0327: Downhill mountain biking in the mountains and mountain Mafate Maido. The Meeting is certainly a wonderful destination bike, but apart from the initial mass madness decline Megavalanche is relatively unknown outside of France. Even French cycling is minimal compared to the legions of hikers hut to hut his way through the island. So why should you have a bike? Despite its small size, being only 63 km long and 45 km wide, Meeting contains a lot of riding. Road or mountain, it could easily take two weeks here, either as a bike ride, or in combination with a rented car.
For road riders looking for a holiday winter training with a difference, look no further. Thanks to the investment of the EU, the roads are in perfect condition and get into cross 2000m passes (and do not forget your 2000m starts at sea level). There is one major drawback to take a road bike, and it's the last kilometers of the extraordinary Plain des Sables road to the volcano unmetalled. You could hook the last bit easily enough though - the destiny is inescapable and the rise in advance is one of the best I've ever ridden in its own right.
We take mountain bikes and the distances covered in our description of the route we took that into account.
027-CP1350: Vegetation in the approach to the Piton de la Fournaise volcano, also known as the volcano that smells like vanilla. In a very distant islands had a great mountain that God had created the village. This was "the god of the volcano." In this strange island called fournaise was a snake, had the peculiar feature of leaving behind a smell like vanilla that made everyone in the vicinity to calm down. The people of this village learned to use this power, which it began to be the new idol of the village and the god of the volcano began to feel jealous. The people of the village was primitive, knew not communicate, nor were clever, but still had religious beliefs. The god of the volcano was very angry with the village and took it out on them making the mountain became a volcano. But the village did not know that the snake had also been created by the god of the volcano so the snake would also be affected. The serpent approaches the volcano to defend but tripped and fell into the crater. Since then people have called this volcano 'Piton de la Fournaise ", also called" The volcano that smells like vanilla. "
028-CP1127: outdoor pool, Hotel Diana Dea Lodge. Located 600m, overlooking the village of Sainte Anne, Diana Dea sleek, modern aesthetics and the amazing scenery it apart as a place a bit special. Surrounded by endless expanse of lush green land, toward Diana Dea can feel like you're far away from home ... in the best possible way. With a small selection of individually styled rooms and suites spread over the hills of the countryside of the island of Reunion, this is the perfect place to relax in a hammock and enjoy the serenity.
A little French soil slither through the Indian Ocean, Reunion Island offers every environment you can imagine. Sandwiched between Madagascar and Mauritius, you will find everything from thick rainforest to vast coastal lowlands, freely flowing waterfalls and volcanic peaks. Built on land once reserved for hunting, a stroll through the gardens of the hotel will take you through vast stretches of wild forest inhabited by a small community of wild deer.
Dark woods, cold stone and an eclectic range of fabrics, the suites here are all about texture. Brightly colored artwork adorn the pastel walls and rustic wooden sculptures sit on coffee tables and in corners in low light. Step out onto your private balcony and drink in the view of 180 degrees or enjoy a similar picture of a tub full of scented bubbles.
Why We Like It
Hiding in the hotel library with a well-thumbed copy of his favorite novel or get in the middle of the antique furniture and cozy fireplaces in the rustic bar and restaurant with a glass of French red wine. Also worth book yourself rather than one or two treatments at the spa for a relaxing massage that will leave you feeling completely relaxed and rejuvenated.
029-CP1366: Vicinity of Piton de la Fournaise volcano. The massive volcano Piton de la Fournaise, which rises to 2,631 m occupies the southeastern third of the island of Reunion. It is an active volcano on the island. The Piton de la Fournaise began operations 500,000 years ago. Today the volcano is located within a large caldera collapse (9 x 13 km) deep, 100 meters to 300, the site of Fouque, which is itself the intersection is, other shaped depression U, Grand Brûlé (8 x 13 km), descends to the sea The lunar landscape of this site you can see that the site is surrounded on the west side Fouque other boiler, the oldest, the Plaine des Sables. This designation comes from the caldera islands of the Canaries, to name a cauldron. In volcanology, a comprehensive set of more or less circular pressure due to the collapse of the central part of a volcano. Actually, there are two major types of boilers:
The first is due to the emission of a large amount of silica-rich magma (pumice), as occurred in the Crater Lake 6600 years ago, in Santorini around 1600 BC. JC on Krakatoa in 1883 and more recently in Pinatubo. The depression thus formed is about ten kilometers in diameter on average.
The second is the result, as the Piton de la Fournaise, Kilauea and Mauna Loa in Hawaii, to the Erta Ale in Ethiopia, or Kartala Comoros, the "hollowing out" of a small magma reservoir at the top. In most cases the magma migrates side during eruption of a fissure. This vacuum causes the surface of an underground pit (pit crater) from tens to hundreds of meters in diameter. The coalescence time of several of these wells is a main boiler kilometer in diameter. In the center of the room is a volcanic ridge with a height of 400 m from the floor of the caldera. The top of the cone is flat and has two craters at the summit: The West Bory (350-200 m), already present during the colonization of the island, and the Dolomieu (1000-700 m), which appeared in 1766. The name refers to Bory Bory de Saint Vincent, who was the first in 1802 to scientifically describe the Piton de la Fournaise and make the first map.
Eruptions since 1800 occurred within the two summit craters of the central cone is located within the grounds of Fouque. However, in 1977 a fissure eruption occurred outside the premises of Fouque, and a people, Piton Santa Rosa, was partly destroyed by a lava flow. A Volcano Observatory was created two years later, twenty kilometers from the volcano on the Plaine des Cafres. In 1986, a rash and a new fissure was held outside the precincts of Fouque and destroyed several houses in the village of Tremblay.
This volcano, despite its many eruptions, not dangerous as it emits lava flow. After a period of inactivity of more than five years (between 1992 and 1998), the Piton de la Fournaise is again one of the most active volcanoes in the world, Kilauea, Etna and Stromboli.
The Piton de la Fournaise, an active volcano, is a healthy rivalry for Internet meetings, offering many photo sites (especially in the eruption of 1998) and the discovery of this beautiful island with its volcano.
The Volcano Observatory, managed by the Institute of Physics Globe de Paris, monitors, since 1980, the Piton de la Fournaise provides information about its history, the team that runs it, the map of the outpouring of lava from 1972-1998, the location of seismic monitoring networks and geophysics, as well as information on the March 1998 eruption that lasted six months.
Today continues in full swing.
030-CP1304: Houses near the road on the N3 road to Piton de la Fournaise. Reunion is a French overseas territory located in the middle of the Indian Ocean, east of the island of Madagascar. This charming destination is blessed with a tropical climate and beautiful volcanic landscapes, with their appeal is as much for its white sandy beaches and mountain scenery. The Portuguese discovered the uninhabited island in 1513. From the 17th to the 19th centuries, French immigration supplemented by the influx of Africans, Chinese, Malagasy, and Malabar Indians gave the island its ethnic mix. The opening of the Suez Canal in 1869 cost the island its importance as a stopover on the trade route to the East Indies. It remained a colony until 1946, when it became a department of the French Republic.
The locals take pride in marking the anniversary of the abolition of slavery (which occurred on December 20, 1848), in a festival known locally as "La Fête Kaffir" (a "Kaffir" is the name given to an indigenous inhabitant of the island, now widely used to address friends). This gesture toward the past is still very present in today's society, and as such, the word "slave" ("esclave") is a grave insult to Réunion.
Today, the population of Reunion is very diverse in terms of ethnicity, each group inheriting their respective traditions.
031-CP1449: Piton de la Fournaise volcano. Piton de la Fournaise is one of the world's most active volcanoes. Piton de la Fournaise volcano is located on Meeting mantle plume. The volcano is located in the NE part of the meeting. A nested caldera was created by two large eruptions. The summit consists of two craters, the largest Cratere Bory and active participation Cratere Dolomieu.
A volcanic eruption occurs almost every year in Piton de la Fournaise volcano. Volcanic activity consists of the emission of lava and small explosions. The ash occurs rarely. Pele's hair sometimes occur.
The caldera of Piton de la Fournaise volcano contains a dense network of radial
and sub-concentric cracks open and eruptive fissures on the summit cone similar to the Galapagos Islands, except on a smaller scale. 2010 Eruption
October. An eruption began at Piton de la Fournaise volcano, meeting at 7:10 pm (local time) on October 14, 2010. The eruption site is located at an altitude of 2000 m on the south side of the volcano. The events have accelerated in the afternoon. The seismic crisis (characterized by numerous earthquakes in the volcano's base) started at 1:30 pm. Peaked at 3 pm. A. Larger than average earthquake occurred at 2:50 pm, which resulted in the collapse of the inner walls of the crater Dolomieu seismic crisis, reflecting rising magma in the volcano edifice, has slowed after 3 pm. According to information provided by the Volcano Observatory, the eruption occurred near the place known as "Château-Fort".
January. An eruption began at Piton de la Fournaise volcano, January 2 Dolomieu crater flowed 2010.Lava. The eruption lasted 2 days.
The eruption of short duration at the Piton de la Fournaise volcano was over after a few hours on November 5, 2009. For the first time since 2007, the lava has flowed out of the crater. Lava flows were widely visible from the shore of the Meeting, and at dawn yesterday were only active fumaroles. Lava flows were no longer active and there was a gradual decrease in the intensity of volcanic tremor. From 5:30 pm on November 5 earthquakes occurred at a rate of one to two per minute, then at 7:30 pm seismic crisis lasted for one hour, followed by a pause. Around 21:00 volcanic tremor marked the beginning of the eruption. The volcano always a show with lava flows and illuminating the sky attracting attention motorists between San Felipe and Piton Sainte-Rose. Motorists traveling on the road were the first witnesses of the lava flow and raise the alarm at 9:15 pm. They described mostly lava fountains and flows. The rash consists of multiple lava flows rapidly moving down the slope. Two cracks appeared to have opened on the east side, near the summit. San Felipe Police encourage motorists to be careful not to park anywhere to see the eruption. No road closures. Residents heard of the eruption on the radio and began to come, but the people were not very large due to night time. Between 11:10 and 11:15 pm, volcanic tremor was almost gone. Up until 12:30 pm of a hundred people stood at the foot of the rampe du Tremblet in the Grand Brûlé and observed lava flows. On the morning of November 6 at 6:45 am, a police helicopter hovered overhead. The reconnaissance flight confirmed that two open fractures between the south and the east of the summit crater Dolomieu, which produced lava flows away from the road. The volcanologists summary is as follows: at 20.50, the eruption has started in the south within the crater cliff Dolomieu. At 2105 hours, the crack widened and opened to the east-southeast near the crater rim of Dolomieu. At 21h20: a second crack in the eastern slope of the summit cone. Two lava flows were visible on the flanks of Piton de la Fournaise. The volcano has been mired in relative calm. The situation remains unstable. A second rash may begin at any time scientists warned the volcano observatory.
On Monday December 14, 2009 a summit eruption began at Piton de la Fournaise volcano on the southern edge of the crater Dolomieu at 18:45 (local time). The eruption followed a seismic crisis and summit deformation. Quake began at 18:30. The duration of the eruption was six hours, which was one of the shortest in recent decades in the volcano.
2009 Crisis seismic
A seismic crisis began at Piton de la Fournaise volcano, Reunion on Wednesday, October 14, 2009. The swarm earthquakes generated 338 with a maximum magnitude of 2.3. Gradual deformation trend continues, with about 1.5 cm of displacement in two weeks. No change in gas chemistry has detectado.Análisis data suggests that the process continues in magmatic intrusion depth. This significant seismicity has been associated with small deformation Dolomieu northern flank. Small avalanches have occurred within Dolomieu, especially towards the end of the seismic crisis. The alert level 1 is kept in place. Public access to the top of the volcano, and the helicopter landing on the volcano are prohibited.
The frequency and intensity of the seismicity are increasing gradually volcano Piton de la Fournaise in Reunion. The trend of gradual deformation of the volcano continues, particularly in the northern part of Dolomieu and near Soufriere. On Friday October 16 according to data found by Actimundi, the seismic network recorded an earthquake every seventy seconds, with a maximum magnitude of 3. It is a remarkable intensity of Piton de la Fournaise volcano, where earthquakes rarely exceed magnitude 2. Earthquakes are now at a depth of 2000 m, indicating magma has not yet reached the surface. The pre-eruptive pattern of Piton de la Fournaise volcano is marked by several seismic crises, interrupted by periods of rest. There has been no change in the chemical composition of the gas in the volcano. Alert level 1 (eruption imminent or likely) remains from the October 7, after the seismic crisis in the first place, and access to the top of the volcano is prohibited.
An eruption began at Piton de la Fournaise volcano on Sunday September 21, 2008. Lava formed a small pond at the bottom of the crater Dolomieu powered by a fissure on the west side. The eruption was accompanied by earthquakes ten. High levels of sulfur dioxide have been reported in the volcano. This is the first eruption of Piton de la Fournaise volcano from the great eruption in April 2007, which was called the "eruption of the century."
032-CP1473: Trekking by the Piton de la Fournaise volcano. The volcano Piton de la Fournaise is located on the island of Reunion in the Indian Ocean. In a very active volcano eruptions that have almost permanently. Emits long lava flows that sometimes reach the sea. The last eruption began in 2006 and continued for years, having produced significant changes at the top. The Piton de la Fournaise is a shield volcano. 2007 Eruption
In April 2007 there was a collapse of the caldera of the volcano. The collapse displacing 0.8 x 1.1 km ground floor of 330 m, with a volume of 120 million cubic meters. The collapse of the caldera accompanied one of the largest eruptions of lava at the volcano over the last 100 years.
An eruption at the volcano began on July 20, 2006. A fissure opened between 2,380 and 2,250 mm in height on the SW flank. Crater Lava flowed E rivals. The August 30, 2006, an eruption began in the summit crater, Dolomieu. A fissure in the crater SSE, followed by a second vent 100 m SE on October 09.
033-CP1495: Trekking by the Piton de la Fournaise volcano. The Piton de la Fournaise, is the active volcano on the island of Réunion, is one of the most active volcanoes in the world and one of the most watched.
The Piton is at the heart of one of the remnant of an ancient sunken volcano which is built on a sea of ??lava.
The scenery is amazing, the temperature is cold. Also, the weather is beautiful this cavity that increases the pleasure.
The location of the Fournaise volcano is from a site BELLECOMBE Pas de la Reunion inescapable.
The location of the volcano is the most visited place on the island, everything is great, we can discover "the plain of sand" upon arrival at the "Pas de BELLECOMBE" to collapse around the fence.
034-CP1633: A famila doing a trekking over lava Piton de la Fournaise volcano. It is the only active volcano on the island. Its eruptions attract thousands of visitors. The lava flows extend up the east coast causing a unique landscape. In the volcano, when not active, you can also hike. There are several marked routes. The access road to the volcano worth it. We cross landscapes full of vegetation adapted to the altitude and humidity conditions (constant mist) that is in this area. You can see several craters and a completely desert called Plaine des Sables at which you reach after crossing the Pas des Sables where it is worth stopping to admire the scenery. Before visiting the volcano I recommend you do a stop in the village of Bourg-Murat where lies the Maison du Volcan, a museum which explains the formation of the island, volcanic activity and major eruptions throughout history Reunion. Project a very interesting visual.
035-CP1555: One of the boilers of the Piton de la Fournaise volcano. Source size and similar to our island of Tenerife, Meeting seafloor erupted millions of years ago. Yet this remoteness department of France is a young country, still in the making. The Piton de la Fournaise, which locals refer to simply as "the volcano" spewing washed regularly follows this natural paradise anchored mestizo population east of Madagascar.
036-CP1546: A female tourist photographing one of the boilers of the Piton de la Fournaise volcano. Also known as the 'volcano that smells like vanilla' is located on the French island of Reunion and typically erupts approximately every two years. After several days showing a critical activity, the October 14, 2010 the last eruption occurred violent volcano spit lava and gases expelled into the atmosphere, but fortunately did not end the life of any human. From what is clear is that the island of Reunion, the Indian Ocean's largest-has been shaped over thousands of years by the five volcanoes that watch from above and that this Piton de la Fournaise is the only one still active.
037-CP1571: The volcanoes: Piton de la Fournaise and Piton des Neiges
Definitely one of the main attractions are its volcanoes Reunion Island. The Piton de la Fournaise volcano is quite a spectacle. The Reunion Island volcanoes are dangerous because their activity is scarce and very predictable, but of course, volcanology is still not an exact science. For peace of mind, is monitored by volcanologists DOA 24 hours. You should go to Pas-de BELLECOMBE to enjoy the view of the fireplace of this active volcano. You can walk around the crater and the nearby lunar landscape of the Plaine des Sables. Be respectful of beacon signals. It is not a trip for everyone. Cuesta get, because you can drive. Sometimes, you get exhausted. There is a volcano museum located on the road leading to the Piton de la Fournaise. The other major volcano, still higher is the Piton des Neiges, or Snow, of 3,069 meters. This one is not active. It is surrounded by three impressive amphitheatres: Cilaos circuses, Mafate and Salazie, of which we speak in the next post. Both from the top of Piton de Fournaise as Snow, the views are shocking, and you can glimpse how volcanic eruptions have shaped the island. If the purpose of the visit to Reunion Island is the practice of hiking or canyoning, from above are contemplated the steep ravines which will have to deal with when the adventure begins.
038-CP1655: A couple making a trek over the lava of volcano Piton de la Fournaise. Reunion Island is formed by two volcanoes stratum mainly basaltic composition, juxtaposed on the ocean floor and partially emerged: the Piton des Neiges northwest, oldest and extinct 20,000 years ago, culminating at 3070 m. The Piton de la Fournaise is an active volcano that formed on the southeast side of the first and reaches 2631m altitude. The total volume emerged island km3 represents 0.8 x103 to be 1/32 of the total volume of the overall structure. Taking into account the hidden volume in the monoclinal fold of the plate, the part above represents only one hundredth of the total volume. The first eruptive events on the ocean floor at 4000 m depth are estimated occurred 4-5 my ago, the Piton des Neiges has now reached about 7000 m in height from the bottom of the ocean.
039-CP1720: Views from Morne Langevin. The Morne Langevin is a mountain peak on the island of Reunion, a French overseas department in the Indian Ocean sea. Located in the municipality of Saint-Joseph, which rises to 2380 meters along the cliff instead of plain Remparts River dominates Langevin sources, a river of Piton de la Fournaise s' flowing from the north to the wild south. It is reached by a trail that runs along the wall of the Sands of mountain pass called non Sables.
040-CP1869: fern trees Bélouve Jungle Forest. Ferns are almost universally known, are a typical plant of the home, and in many forests. But some of these cousins ??are the tree ferns or tree ferns. Some of the strangest plants, not only in form but because they could say they are almost "living fossils". The scientific name is Cyatheales, an order that is divided into two main families are Dicksoniaceae and Cyatheaceae. Unlike their cousins, these ferns grow with a trunk, not bushy. They are lush, and the foliage grows tall. They can reach 15 feet high. If you look, at first glance may seem palms, but are very different. The trunk is not like typical trees, which are the re reproduce with flowers and fruits. There are new fabrics, rings, as they grow. By contrast the trunk comprises roots that expand as the tree fern grows. Not often reach ages over 20 years. As ferns shrubs, these spores are reproduced, one of the most primitive forms of reproduction. They often grow in subtropical areas of Australia, New Zealand and other islands of Oceania. Of course also grow on the island of Reunion. Only one genus grows in Europe, the Culcita. They are very old, as it originated in the Jurassic period, almost 200 million years.
041-CP1818: Stunning red flowers Bélouve Jungle Forest. Its original forest environment and remarkable scenery attract a large audience from the creation of the forest track Bebour-Bélouve.
In the future this will continue a series of production forest Tamarin, gasoline high economic and cultural value to the local supply of quality wood crafts long term. The management of this production process will also help to continue to welcome the public, increase biodiversity and reduce the impact on the landscape of forestry.
Training is divided into two primary biological reserves, where the primary purpose is the conservation and improvement of the knowledge of its operation.
042-CP1664: Volcano Lava Piton de la Fournaise, the same type as that of Hawaii. Access to the boiler is allowed from the 06h. at 16 h. and is performed by a marked trail that descends exploited a gap in the wall to the floor of the boiler, even in times of seismic events preceding and during these eruptions, the passage is closed. From here, extends a network of well-marked routes with rocks painted white it is important not to leave because the fog that can sometimes appear could get in serious trouble, so we must exercise extreme attention and keep track of them. The path you must follow during the first kilometers llanea by the base of the boiler where we can see a fantastic landscape of strange shapes, we stomping ground is modeled in strands characteristic of this type of basalt flows and displayed by the slow movement and fluid magma below the characteristic crust also forming lava tubes. Shortly after starting the boiler way we find a curious volcano crater known as Leo Formica (ant lion) is a promontory of several tens of meters that rises like a lion ant trap is involved. Since 2007, after the last major eruption could only reach the Chapelle de Rosemont located at the base of the central crater 1h. way. The instability of the crater walls and heavy fumes and high temperatures that occur during peak periods do not allow its ascent. Although in 2010 and has been reopened access is important fact date with the status of the volcano if we intend to upload. The route climbs to the crater somital is not difficult, although physically demanding, having overcome a height difference of 400 m. often with a rarefied atmosphere, and suffocating. In just over 1h. edges reach the highest point Bory crater of the volcano. Portage is important especially food and water and warmer clothes neglected (thermal changes becoming common). Whatever the weather we are, always use a sunscreen of maximum rating, the reverberation of the volcanic soil is intense. Nearby is the second crater the Dolomieu much larger and deeper. From this point the return is done by the same route or down the other flank after finishing surround the crater.
043-CP1853: Bélouve Forest Forest. This impressive gorge 300 meters is considered one of the most beautiful canyons of the island. Through an unforgettable journey into the heart of the jungle, you will have an overview of the geological depression. A helicopter will allow you to enjoy it in all its glory. This walk is characterized by paths made from pieces of logs, fanjans and walkways to avoid walking through the mud. Throughout this trip, all your senses are awakened! From the car park follow the signs. From the gate, follow the foot of the house: the journey starts here. Cross the small ravine and join the path in the woods. Take the opportunity to make a detour of five minutes to admire the monkeys Queen: a tree of 300 years! The detour is worth it! Then return to the track and bridle path. To his left is the starting hole iron. At the intersection of the path of the Ecole Normale, go left: the gazebo is a fifteen minute walk. On site, you can admire a magnificent waterfall of 300 meters and you will see the start of the throat arm Cave. To return, go back to the junction and turn left on Normal School Road consists of wooden walkways. Then go back to the forest track that will take you back to the starting point of the trek.
044-CP1796: Bélouve Forest Forest. The forest leads Bélouve the top of the island of Reunion, a French overseas department in the Indian Ocean sea. Plateau occupies a natural amphitheater hill outside the city occupied Salazie in whose territory it is today. Reached through an impasse facing the Bebour in or north from La Plaine-des-Palmistes amounting islet steep trail Hell-Bourg. This is one of the forests of the meeting that produces high tamarind wood is used in carpentry.
045-CP1878: Trekking in the jungle primary Bélouve Forest. This is the primary forest with flora is similar to Madagascar, East Africa, and also a bit like Asia and Oceania. Maintained by O. N. F. This is a typical forest is composed of several species, none of which really dominates. There are Fanjans, tree ferns (whose shape resembles a tree) that can reach nearly 10 feet high at the age of 100 years. Its size is very impressive, the trunks of tree ferns are often used as pots are ideal for growing flowers in general, epiphytes, particularly and especially orchids. In fact they are hollow in the trunk estate operating. They do not trap water while maintaining adequate moisture and allow root penetration epiphytes. However, the great people are increasingly rare due to poaching of wildlife that exists in these places, forcing authorities to monitor the comings and goings of tourists and to make sure they are not carrying some copies recall. Bélouve is also famous for its forest of tamarinds. It's kind of acacias endemic (ie, their geographical distribution is very localized) measuring between 7 and 12 meters high and whose trunks are twisted and bent. Tamarins need light to grow. When the soil is depleted, refunds and tall trunks of trees become more tortuous. In contrast, after a fire, quickly regenerate marmosets then lands light. In the trunks of live marmoset many epiphytes (plants that grow on other plants without being parasites), including a large number of orchids. They cling to the trunks or foams with their roots and try by all means to escape drought. Some species have focused on the leaves and stems so thick that reduce water loss. Others have covered thick aerial roots of cells capable of flooding are held. Some have developed pseudobulbs or tubers that store water. In the forest also grow many varieties of orchids and land on the outskirts of the forest, one can find large areas Ara. Unfortunately, since the colonization of the island in the seventeenth century, flora under attack from many plants colonizing introduced by settlers who destroy and gradually change the original environment. These plants are called "pests". Among these plant pests, are guava, fuchsias, and vine Maronne bringélier. Its characteristic is developing continuously and without limit or control. The climate of the meeting is very favorable in the absence of very cold weather to limit its spread, and do not suffer from pests or diseases. Often introduced as safe: remember two points report of "country", a seed stuck in the shoes of a hiker ... and nature did the rest. In the space of three centuries, colonists imported over 1,000 tropical and temperate species of which nearly 400 were naturalized.
046-CP1902: Running on the beach in Saint Leu. Saint-Leu is a municipality in the French overseas department of Reunion. It is located on the west side of the island of Reunion. It is a renowned surf spot. Several surf competitions have been held in Saint-Leu, including World Qualifying Series (WQS) and ASP World Tour (WCT)  competitions. It is well known for its famous left wave. There is a Colimaçons paragliding base. Race Paragliding World Cup have been held in Saint-Leu, in 2003 and 2006, and the race Pre World Cup Tour in 2010.
047-CP1781: Beer Bourbon and American restaurants. Try the Creole dish, "affection", made from turmeric, which many mistakenly confused with saffron, but it is a rhizome of the ginger family. The "charity" has also garlic, onion, crushed pepper and other ingredients. Although the island of Reunion is a French department, eating habits are very individual. Obviously, there are supermarkets in the same city and most of the major brands are present. Some rays are different though. Rice radio product range with pasta and sardines Chinese and Chinese siave Robert. Although Creole increasingly consume pasta or potatoes, rice is the staple food. All products can be found in supermarkets in France also found in supermarkets Meeting. If cereal bars, small eating lunch, pasta, canned. Bourbon Beer: The combination of the experience of the Dodo in the taste of the fruit of our King Island, lychee, the Metiss Bourbon offers a bouquet of new sensations: a beer with fruity, without bitterness, with the delicious flavor and lightness of milk is characterized by its low alcohol content of 3.5%, in perfect proportion to preserve freshness!
048-CP1896: Boardwalk and beach bar in Saint Leu. Saint-Leu Tourist Office is a receiving point for information and booking numerous tourist services offered on the island: the walkers? cottages,?? Gîtes de France? Cottages and Rooms,?? Clévacances? seasonal rentals, hotels Creole and nature activities. The town of Saint-Leu has a range of options open to nature lovers, including paragliding, rock climbing, surfing, diving, kayaking, sailing, mountain biking and hiking. The Tourist Office of Saint-Leu has a range of visitor services, including counseling, activities "," Leu Pak "," Ideas for visits, a shop selling local products, cultural tours, guided tours, outputs heritage and ticketing for shows. Hours: Monday 13:30 to 17:30, Tuesday to Friday from 9 am to 12 noon and from 1:30 pm to 5:30 pm, Saturday 9 am to 12 noon.
049-CP0009: HOTEL LUX ILE DE LA REUNION. It is located in the St Gilles-les-Bains.
Hotel Features. ILE DE LA REUNION LUX has an outdoor pool, gym and children's pool. Public areas have access to high speed Internet (wired). This 5-star hotel offers business amenities including a business center, meeting rooms for small groups and business services. This hotel has 3 restaurants, a café, a beach bar and a poolside bar. The staff can arrange concierge services, tour assistance ticket and wedding service. Additional amenities include a rooftop terrace, a children's club, and spa services. For a surcharge, guests have access to an airport shuttle (round trip) (available on request). Free parking is available on site. The property has designated areas for smoking.
Rooms. Rooms feature balconies with ocean or garden views. The 164 air-conditioned guestrooms at LUX ILE DE LA REUNION include minibars and safes. Guests can enjoy access to wireless high-speed Internet access in the rooms. Rooms feature LCD TV (satellite) and free movie channels. All accommodations provide desks and phones. Bathrooms feature separate bathtubs and showers with deep soaking tubs. They also offer bathrobes, makeup or shaving mirror and hair dryer. Additional amenities include coffee and tea makers and slippers. In addition, housekeeping is offered daily and guests may request wake up calls.
050-CP1923: One of the bridges that crosses the center of the town of Saint Leu. The town of Saint-Leu is located in the department of La Réunion from the French region La Réunion. The town of Saint-Leu is located in the district of Saint-Paul. The area code for Saint-Leu is 97413 (also known as code INSEE), and the zip code is 97436 Saint-Leu.
Geography and map of Saint-Leu: The height of the city hall of Saint-Leu is approximately 1391 meters. The surface of Saint-Leu is 118.37 km ². The latitude and longitude of Saint-Leu is 21.166 degrees South and 55,287 degrees East. Cities and towns near Saint-Leu are: Les Trois Bassin (97 426) at 6.78 km, Les Avirons (97425) at 9.66 km, L'Etang-Sale (97427) to 13.83 km, Saint- Paul (97 460) at 17.50 km, Saint-Louis (97450) to 18.41 km, Cilaos (97 413) to 19.39 km, Entre-Deux (97,414) to 21.07 km, Le Port (97420) to 25.22 km.
(The distances to the nearby towns of Saint-Leu are calculated in a straight line)
Population and housing of Saint-Leu: The population of Saint-Leu was 25 310 in 1999 and 29 422 in 2007. The population density of Saint-Leu is 248.56 inhabitants per km ². The number of housing of Saint-Leu was 10 967 in 2007. These homes of Saint-Leu 9810 consist of main residences, 237 second or occasional homes and 920 vacant homes.
051-CP2166: Bridge on the outskirts of the city of Saint Leu. Although not meeting comes in search of beaches, it is impossible to resist its appeal. The best are on the East Coast, in St-Gilles-les-Bains and Boucan-Canot, south of Saint-Paul, both protected by the barrier reef sharks, fearsome animals only in this area, apart from mosquitoes , that of Saint-Pierre, constantly animated, and the Grande Anse, located at the start of the Southern Wild called.
052-CP2006: Paragliding in St. Leu. Réunion Island, in the INDIAN OCEAN, is an excellent place for free flight, the flight conditions are technical, but very playful. They have organized the finals of the French championships in 2000 and have reached over eight validate eight sleeves. In ten years of testing, always have been validated competitions. In 2002 he organized this international championship for the PWC count, with the main objective to include a test in La Réunion in the circuit of the 2003 World Cup, and just a few days ago I reported from France that have: this year marks the end of the Paragliding World Cup in Reunion Island, from 9 to November 15. Personally, I think they have earned and deserve. There are more than a dozen recognized flying sites on the island to all interior areas of more than 1500 meters you get there early because once they form clouds and it does so very quickly. It is always advisable to wait to see what happens with the wind: if the current regime breeze to fly, if not, you have to come back another time, since the wind is accelerated so much to be closed valleys
053-CP2045: Area Colimaçons paragliding flight (St Leu). As a matter of fact, there is a small group of paragliding enthusiasts who are doing everything possible to reopen a high place in the Chaloupe (at 2000m). They are negotiating a time to get the necessary approvals. You can contact Pascal (the Kaz'Oceane) to give them a hand with their approaches. FYI, Pascal has planned to put a camera on the roof of his house to have a point of view on the Colimaçons off location at 800m. Pascal, always motivated, want to make a special glider house prices. The project includes accommodation, breakfast and meals and transport (night and day flights at a very interesting). Do not forget to register for the members area at the top of our website to start making your comments and suggestions on the blog (for free so take advantage of it!)
054-CP2017: Paragliding near the beach in St. Leu. Reunion Island is one of the most recognized in the world of paragliding. There are around fifteen tracks of Meeting. But the track Colimaçons (St Leu) is one of the most suitable for paragliding. The track ends on a gentle slope overlooking a cane field at 800 m altitude. The output is also available in 1,500 m. A flight takes 15 to 25 minutes Colimaçons area to the beach. Fifteen structures offer the practice of this sport, either in partnerships that bring together independent drivers, or as a professional structure that allows foreigners to carry out the first flight schedule students to take courses.
055-CP2139: Beach bars on the beach in Saint Leu. Meeting supports all the topics, all these definitions are used too often to describe an exotic location: melting pot, range of contrasts, sandy beaches and clear waters ... Anything goes, but most fall short. A trip to Reunion (eleven hour flight from Paris) unjustified just for that. A meeting, that piece of France and Europe in full Indian Ocean, have to come with eyes and mind wide open. And be surprised. His name, however, is anything but poetic. This island, which in the past was called Al Maghribain, Theemai Theevu, Dina Morgabin, Santa Apollonia, Île Bourbon, by the French Bourbons, and finally meeting, although for a brief period yet Bonaparte was named in honor of those who sent in France, has lived in his name the avatars of the metropolis on which it depends and the different peoples who have inhabited. The current name was a political concession that commemorates the union of revolutionaries from Marseille, those who left the Mediterranean city singing what would become the French national anthem, with the National Guard in Paris, which took place on August 10 , 1792.
056-CP2184: Beach bars with local beer advertising Bourbon near the beach in Saint Leu. This beer comes from the island of Reunion. The Meeting as you know is an island in the Indian Ocean near Madagascar. The capital is Saint Denis and this territory is a French Overseas Department. It is therefore over France. To know as Indian Island is French territory must ask again to history. Imperialism, discussed in the previous post about the origins of IPA beer, is the historical process that makes people citizens Meeting of the French Republic. The historical explanation of how the meeting was French is: La Brasserie de Bourbon owes its name to Reunion in 1642 was claimed by France. The king of the time, Louis XIII named it Ile de Bourbon, referring to his Royal House of Bourbon. The current name of the island was put on in the eighteenth century with the Convention Jacobina who changed his name to "Meeting". Soon after, Napoleon Bonaparte returned to change the name, calling it, of course, "island Bonaparte". With the Bourbon Restoration in France, relocated him, "Bourbon Island". And finally, go roll with the final fall of the Bourbons in France during the revolution of 1848, guess, Reunion Island, until today.
057-CP2161: Bars near the port of Saint Leu. Surely one would find other attractions in the city, but is waiting for the rest of the island, and there are many undiscovered island, so you have to take the road. And choosing where to start is not easy. Meeting have a more natural diversity of a continent own a small piece of land surrounded by water. In this mountain inn on the sea, deserts shake hands with tropical forests and alpine. The massive volcanic lava rivers and gorges share the stage with waterfalls, black sand beaches and forests of tamarind. And mangoes from India, China lychees, vanilla Central American and South African geraniums carpeted valleys and plantations becoming Meeting in a botanical garden happy. It is said that the island emerged as a botanical experiment, which were ship captains who adorned it with fruits from around the world. And while that four centuries ago, when the East India Company was mistress of the seas, the mixing of essences remains present and the choice becomes complicated. In short, the island has three faces: the lush interior divided between lush forests and volcanoes circuses almost touching the clouds, the sea, which from time to appear soft beaches protected by barrier reefs, but predominantly cliffs, and the Southern Wild, where the wild seas stamp its waves against the rocks and causing the foam is mixed with plumes of lava flows on contact with water.
058-CP2260: A fisherman in the port of Saint Leu. La Réunion left the Indian ocean bottom. The first foundations of the island was formed about 67 million years ago during the last activity of the ridge of the Mascarene Basin. While entering a hotspot activity and gives rise to an enormous basaltic socket forming the current Deccan India. Much later, due to the slow drift of tectonic plates, this hot spot is going to drill the ocean floor east of Madagascar to form, first, the island of Mauritius and after the Meeting. The Meeting emerges from the waters made between two million and a half and three million years. The primitive volcano peak of the island, Piton des Neiges, ceased trading about 12,000 years ago. The fact you have emptied your deposit magmatic followed the collapse of the roof and the birth of the calderas or depressions surrounding: Salazie, Cilaos and Mafate, limited by impressive cliffs. However, before finishing his activity had already occurred today the first eruptions of Piton de la Fournaise (Peak of the Furnace) southeast. Both the "Piton des Neiges" as the "Piton de la Fournaise" are Hawaiian-type volcanoes, producing less violent lava fountains. The fluidity of the magma allows gases out easily. The rock is a basalt issued numerous translucent olivine crystals, bottle green. About this material are developed various types of soils as a function of topography and climate. The island is sinking more than 4000 m. low sea level and the ocean the total circumference of the volcano is 700-800 km. The Fournaise volcano has an intense volcanic activity erupts on average once a year. Every time that happens, thousands of people come with their cars to the point where the rash is visible, forming huge queues on the roads. Until recently, the authorities did not take excessive restrictive measures to prevent the people to approach the tongues of lava and formed real parties and "ing" on it. Today accesses are much more controlled.
059-CP2226: Port of Saint Leu. The island of Reunion is part of the Mascarene archipelago, along with the island of Mauritius (200 km to the east) and Rodrigues (much further away to the east), the largest of them all. It is located to the southwest of the Indian Ocean east of Madagascar and southwest of Mauritius. Madagascar is far from 700 km to the W and France, called here "Métropole" (metropolis), about 10000 km. straight. It is located at 21 degrees south latitude and 55 degrees east longitude, between Ecuador and the Tropic of Capricorn, 300 km. north of the tropics. It has an almost elliptical and an area of ??2512 km. square, ie 475 km. larger than the island of Tenerife. . Its perimeter is 207 km. Of volcanic origin, its terrain is very rough due mainly to the combination of two influences: the erosion and volcanism. Of the coast of the island just 30 km. beaches are mainly in the southwest. Presents a barrier reef about 25 km., Especially on the west coast. In the sea have to be careful with the waves, high frequency, and with currents ranging out to sea. In the most popular beaches are about the same and tips if you look dragged by some. Do not swim beyond the reef, shark territory, but it's all a show to do on corals with a mask and snorkel careful, though, not damage them. So not advised flippers. Already badly damaged areas. In the center of the island there are three peaks of almost 3000 m., Being the highest (3070 m.) The "Piton des Neiges" (Pico de las Nieves). They are surrounded by three boilers or deep basins called "cirques". The island has a peculiar relief that comes from the presence of these "cirques", the result of massive subsidence, with rugged mountains, ridges and edges sharp and short and torrential rivers. The deep crack mountain ravines. To the southeast lies the "Piton de la Fournaise" (2631 m.), One of the world's most active volcanoes.
060-CP2193: Bars near the port of Saint Leu. In Meeting are endless things to do: Visit the Grotto of the First French, near Saint Paul, the oldest city of the island, a place of refuge for pirates, and the nearby cemetery, where there are numerous tombs of the eighteenth century both landed and pirates. Tour the Garden of Spices, one of the largest botanical gardens that spread the island, with four acres of trees and plants, to recreate the old test range that was meeting. Haggle Forain market in Saint-Paul, in the west of Reunion weekend. On your marks, placed at the edge of the sea, admire both fruit and vegetable stalls as perfumes, handicrafts, embroidery and spices. Admire Salazie Circus with its numerous waterfalls that appear and disappear in the vegetation, and atop Hell-Bourg, part of the distinguished club "The most beautiful villages of France". Appreciate the development of a personalized perfume as those made "sense memory" as, in the town of L'Entre-Deux. Enjoy the two catchy rhythms of the island, the ancient "Maloya" sung by the slaves, and the insistent "Sega" that mixes folk music and European.
61-CP3528: Divers about to dive into the waters of Meeting. Reunion is a French island of about 200 km. west of Mauritius. The way a coral reef about 15 km. west and south of the island. Saint-Gilles-les-Bains and Saint-Leu, in the western part of the island, are the best places to dive. Saint-Gilles-les-Bains is a small beach town with a variety of bars and restaurants and most beautiful white sand beach of the island, Boucan Canot. Many dive operations are here and they are mainly focused on the reefs. Pelagic fish are rare, but small reef fish are abundant. Canyon is a good dive site ideal for beginners. Passe de Trois Bassin is another site where you can snorkel wall. The wreck Navarre is an exciting deep dive. The Navarre is a lobster boat that sank 150 feet there. Saint-Leu is a world-renowned surfing, which also has fabulous wall dives and reef. In Pointe Au Sel you will have the opportunity to see pelagic species. Maison Verte is a great coral garden with abundant marine life. Hammerhead sharks can be observed between the months of October and November.
062-CP3404: Scuba diving in Reunion. Geographic Diversity: On the West Coast, a lagoon with natural coral reef. You will be able to dive with the reef to discover a great variety of fauna and flora. On this side of the island, the weather conditions are excellent throughout the year and the water temperature ranges from 24 ° to 30 ° C (75 ° to 86 ° F). The visibility is exceptional. On the east coast there are no coral reefs, but you will find beautiful lava flows and very old. In this case, you may not be able to dive as easily as on the other coast, since part of the island is much more windy and rainy, but there are some fantastic and maybe a little more physical dives to enjoy. Coral reefs: From beginners to skilled divers, off the coast of St Paul to St Leu offers many possibilities. Travel into the outer side of the reef and you will be able to admire the rich life has to offer. All kinds of coral: fire coral, soft coral, black coral, red coral ... gorgonian. This is only for the flora. The fauna is diverse: eels, lobsters, clams, clown fish, turtles, sting ray ... a huge tank of live fish. The drop offs: On the East Coast, the windiest one submarine cliffs are numerous and varied. The depths ranging from 15-40 feet, you will be amazed how clear the water is. When diving in for a lot of fish: snapper, batfish and surgeonfish ... You could not avoid being seduced by the dives offered on the island of Reunion. Underwater Caves: There are a number of them, revealing the exotic names like: Le pain de sucre, the cheminée, les trois faille ... Dives are exceptional, light plays on them will transport you into a different world. You will go from one surprise to the next, the underwater world not cease to amaze. Shipwrecks: A few: the EIS Siang, The Navarra, La Barge. These peaceful sites are a delight to the eyes, the remains now inhabited by flora and fauna are once again come to life. The pelagic: And to finish off the picture, you can get to dive with whales and dolphins in certain periods of the year. As it is, from July, whales grace us with their massive presence, but they come to the shores of St Gilles for our greatest pleasure. Other Pelagic are there all year to be admired: tuna, barracuda, jack ... And, who knows, you may even see a shark!
063-CP3464: Scuba diving in Reunion. Brunettes. A warm, clear water throughout the year, many facilities equipped and varied dive sites filled with colorful tropical fish, all in Meetings called for diving. Make your stay a memorable opportunity to introduce you to dive! When diving beneath the waters of the Indian Ocean, you will feel like flying in this universe in three dimensions and enter a world where wildlife is richer than I had imagined: clown fish, trumpet fish, angelfish, parrotfish, surgeon fish, trigger fish, colorful corals, anemones impressive, but also turtles, stingrays and dolphins swim along the 25 km long coral reef, the many slopes, arcs and divisions that focus mainly on the reef slope West Coast, between San Pablo and San Pedro. But the more experienced divers can also explore the underwater depths of Ste Rose or even venture into the lava flows under water ...
064-CP2356: Dances typical of the island of Reunion. There, in view of the black pods, tells the story of black slave Edmon, who created the practical procedure manual pollinate vanilla which is still used today. At the time of the abolition of slavery in 1848, he gave the young Edmond Albius patronymic, referring to the color "white" (alba) of the vanilla flower. Today, vanilla plantations are spread over the forests of the eastern coast and still fruitful in hand with the first light of day, as it was once. Not the only strange story being told. Everyone talks, for example, pirate La Buse, who after paying his boat off the coast of the island, decided to bury his huge treasure inside so that nobody could recover. There are still those who seek him. Or Sitarane villain whose tomb in the cemetery of Saint-Pierre, cults are held nightly. And with so many religions, the cult of the dead most native, who practiced their ceremonies Malagasy slaughter of chickens or cattle in the night of full moon, always looking to neighboring Madagascar, with a glass of rum with vanilla on hand and frenetic pace, which in some cases can go into trance, the "Maloya". All very unreal, yet amazingly, almost magical. That's Meeting.
065-CP2382: Dances and dances of the island of Reunion. One aspect to note are its dances, and the traditional Sega, or variations that slaves who performed forged of white settlers. The most important slave dance is perhaps the Maloya, slow-paced and thoughtful. In his music we find different instruments like a drum, like a maraca caiambe the houleur, and more. Are typical African rhythms, but also you can hear reggae and French or British folk music. Are common also the music of the Maloya and Sega. The predominant religion is Catholicism, which will check to see that there are many shrines around the island. While there are also followers of the Hindu faith and the Muslim. Within the culture of Reunion Island is noteworthy cuisine, with French influences, Indian, Chinese and Creole, which give rise to multiple interesting recipes. Its official language is French, but Creole is used routinely among its inhabitants.
066-CP2371: Typical dances of the island of Reunion. The traditional music is Sega des Mascarene Islands (Reunion Island Mauritius et) and stems from the slaves brought from different countries (Africa, India, etc..) By European settlers. It can be considered an evolution of the Traditional Music of Mauritius and the music of the Reunion with European dance music like polka and quadrille. It closely resembles the Maloya, traditional dance Reunion Island. In its modern forms, has been combined with other genres such as jazz and reggae. This music emerged, like many others, oppression, sadness and suffering, and the need to externalize feelings this music was born when slaves gathered around bonfires. The Sega evolved out of the culture of the western Indian Ocean islands, as a fusion of European and African elements in the middle of the eighteenth century. Some Folk instruments employed in this genus are hand drum (moutia), the triangle rattle maravane, bobre ravanne and bow. The traditional musical form was heavily improvised and intensely emotional. Some authors cite this genre as coming specifically from Rodrigues Island. In this type of music predominantly African rhythm, and not so predominance of other musical influences, but it is always sung in Creole, the language of the people. (There Segas translated and sung in other languages, but that is not the authentic Sega). There are two major types of "Sega", most are melodies with bright colors and fun things speak, always using two-way vocabulary. But there are also Segas that speak of the suffering and sorrow suffered by enslaved people.
067-CP2457: recent eruptions Lava accumulated east of the island of Reunion in the Le Grand Brule. The Grand Brûlé is the coastal part of the last caldera formed by the Piton de la Fournaise, the active volcano on the island of La Reunion. The area borders the Indian Ocean has been granted the east section of the box, so Fouque southeast of the town of Sainte-Rose and northeast of Saint-Philippe. Downstream slopes of the great, which is bounded by the wall of Bois Blanc north and south of Tremblet. The forest covers the area called Grand Brûlé National Forest. Crossed by the National Highway 2, which is almost around the overseas department, which was once home to the Virgin umbrella there are now close to Notre-Dame des Laves Piton Sainte-Rose since moving to the eruption of savings April 2007. There was also a bird called Symbiosis and the volcano until it is covered by the same eruption of lava sculpture. After each eruption, the area was populated by a large number of plants, including timber wall and the star of Bethlehem, but also Ardisia crenata, Blechnum spiralis Benthamia tabulare, Clidemia hirta, Crotalaria berteroana Heterotis linearis Dicranopteris decumbens, Lantana trifolia , Machaerina iridifolia, Nephrolepis abrupt Pityrogramma Otacanthus callomelanos Phyllanthus urinaria caeruleus, Psilotum nudum, Schinus therebenthifolius Smilax anceps, Sphaerostephanos plicata Spathiglottis Unitus, Stereocaulon vulcanization, Trema orientalis and Tristemma mauritianum. The forest is a forest of wooden colored Holland.
068-CP2477: Grand Brûlé, is the coastal part of the last caldera formed by the Piton de la Fournaise, the active volcano on the island of La Reunion. This area designates the eastern slope of the Piton de la Fournaise is bounded by the Rempart du Tremblet in the south and the Rempart de Bois-Blanc in the north. Several generations of eruption ejecta have poured here, often all the way to the sea. The spaces have been set on the side of the road where you can admire these impressive cooled magma flows fall into the ocean.
069-CP2492: Explorations into lava tubes in the Grand Brûlé. Lava tubes are a type of lava cave formed when a stream of low viscosity wash active continuously develops a hard crust, which is thick and forms a roof over the lava stream still flows freely. The tubes are formed in one of two ways: by crusting of lava channels and lava flows Pahoehoe where it moves beneath the surface. Lava usually leaves the point of eruption in channels. These channels are often very hot as their surroundings cool. This means that slowly develop walls around them as the surrounding lava cools and / or as the channel melts its way deeper. These channels may be deep enough to form a crust, forming an insulating tube that maintains molten lava and serves as a conduit for the flow of lava. These types of lava tubes tend to be closer to the lava eruption point. Beyond the point of eruption, the lava can flow in a unchanneled, fan-shaped outside his home, which is usually another lava tube leading back to the point of eruption. Pahoehoe call flows, these areas of the surface of cold lava movement, forming either a smooth or rough, viscous. The lava continues to flow in this way until it begins to block its source. At this point, the lava beneath the surface is still hot enough to explode at one point, and from this point the lava begins as a new "source". Lava flows from the previous source to this breaking point as lava surrounding pahoehoe flow cools. This forms an underground channel that becomes a lava tube.
070-CP2531: Visits to the underground caves created by lava in the Grand Brûlé area, also called lavatubes. Because lava tubes remain buried, often not recognized in the surface. However, many lava tubes are delineated on the surface by a series of linear or curvilinear collapse depressions, called ventilation holes along the tube axis. In active lava tubes, skylights provide a unique insight into the actively flowing hot lava in the lava tube system.
071-CP2518: Tourists exploring the underground caves created by lava in the Grand Brûlé. Cooling and crystallization of basaltic lava around the sides, bottom and top channels lava rock produces a coated conduit called a lava tube. Crystalline basalt remains relatively hot surrounds and insulates washed inside the washing tube over crystallization. The tube provides a very efficient mechanism of basaltic lava flows that travel long distances away from their source, without significant heat loss. Lava tubes are typically <1 km long, it may exceed several kilometers. The diameters of the lava tubes are also highly variable, from <1 m up to 15 m. Flow inside lava tubes in Hawaii were recorded at 35 mph. Fast moving, turbulent lava, combined with the high temperatures of lava, may result in thermal erosion inside the tube. Well insulated lava tubes can erode both downward and laterally with time. The turbulence of the fluid motion and constantly escaping gases generated spatter fragments lining the walls of many lava tubes. Over time, the eruption ceases and lava remaining in the tube will drain downhill to expose a hollow inactive lava tube. These tubes typically comprise a flat, have high marks lava canal walls. A thin layer of splashes often found in the tube walls, along with lava stalactites icicle-shaped hanging from the ceiling. Mound-like lava stalagmites from splashing drops on the floor of the tubes are less common.
072-CP2650: Tourists exploring the area lavatubes Grand Brûlé. Ancient Caves
Although there are a number of other ancient lava tubes in Reunion including The Bateau Caverne we have chosen to highlight three ancient lava tubes have been extensively documented by Pascal Colas. Grotte de la Grand Ravine in Trois Bassin Grotte des Tamarins in Saint Paul Grotte du Bassin Bleu in L'Eperon Grotte de la Grand Ravine. By far the most impressive lava tube on the island its two inputs are approximately 80m along a route of 200 meters over the Grand Canyon ravine. This cave was first explored for the exploitation of guano produced by swiftlets in the 19th century, but its 473 meters is not widely explored until 2004 by Pascal Colas. The northern and southern segments joined in 2005 with a wide excavation. Excellent topological studies and reports of progression of exploration are available at the website Pascal Colas', and there are some photos provided by WinsterCavers.
073-CP2682: Hotel Palm Hotel & Spa. The Palm Hotel & Spa is far from the city of Saint Pierre, in Petite-Ile, in the countryside south of the Reunion Island, near the most beautiful landscapes of the island ...
The Palm Hotel & Spa is far from the city of Saint Pierre, in Petite-Ile, in the countryside south of the Reunion Island, near the most beautiful landscapes of the island. A privileged location, between steep cliffs and the Piton de la Fourniase guarding, invites us to contemplate the distant horizon of the Indian Ocean from its infinity pool ... Situated above the bay of Grand Anse, with its white sandy beach coral, the Palm Hotel & Spa is the ideal place for excursions to the most emblematic sights Reunion Island, such as Cirque de Cilaos or as we discussed above, the volcano Piton de la Fournaise. Chosen as "the best hotel in Reunion Island" by the professional jury of the World Travel Awards in 2010 and 2011, the Palm Hotel & Spa belongs to a new generation of world-class hotels, which combines comfort, design, luxury and zen atmosphere. Rooms The Palm Hotel & Spa has 65 rooms, which are located in beautiful Creole houses surrounded by a large tropical garden of over seven acres and a half. This hotel has five different categories of accommodation: lodges luxe, deluxe suites, junior suites, luxury rooms and superior rooms. To make the stay even more enjoyable, the Palm has two pools (one heated), a fitness room and spa famed Akea. And if after we have the energy relaxation, the hotel offers various aerial tours of the island and recreational activities of various kinds.
074-CP2694: Flight helicopter to fly over the island of Reunion. The flight takes about forty-five minutes, the helicopter has to go to the sea to get high because it has to overcome on his return to the island summits of more than two thousand feet. During this flyby the calderas are volcanic island forming this Mafate, Cilaos and Salazie, formed after the collapse of the volcano Piton snow. From the helicopter better appreciate volcanoes, Piton de la Fournaise, the Piton des Neiges. The Piton de la Fournaise volcano is the eighth busiest in the world and the last major eruption was in 2007 and delighted locals, the island increased by 25 square kilometers, the volcano is not dangerous and the lava going out to sea by a zone not occupied.
075-CP2720: On board the helicopter can photograph the entire island, Trou de Fer appears to us as the most spectacular corner of the island. The best company for a helicopter trip is Helilagon. We see a giant waterfalls crashing into deep wells, surrounded by greenery everywhere. Since the ground is simply an oasis of rock, water and vegetation. In the same way that symbolizes the climb K2 more important to a climber can aspire elite, the Trou de Fer is a gorge mythical, the highest aspiration of the descending canyons.
076-CP2844: Vista area from a helicopter Cialos Cirque. Cilaos is at the center of the island, in the natural amphitheater of the same name, in the southern part of the Piton des Neiges. All his municipality is located in the Alto. Cilaos holds the world record of diurnal rainfall amounted to 1.87 m in 1952. The surrounding communities are in Saffron Walden, Entre-Deux, Saint Benedict, Saint-Leu, St. Louis, St. Paul, Salazie and three pools. The word comes from the Malagasy word Cilaos Tsilaosa, which means "place where one is safe" one. Regarding the supposed origin, the common currency is "Cilaos, always returns." However, according to some historians, the word Cilaos ever find its origin in the name of a slave from Madagascar called "Tsilaos" shelter in the circus. It is also these slaves "brown" (or "dark brown") in Cilaos leak was first settled. They escaped from their masters, the Maroons took advantage of the difficulty of access to the place of living in freedom and nature. Some of these slaves were installed Islet chain, which owes its name to the fact that hidden fugitive slaves could not reach the plateau by ropes thrown from the walls. Believing themselves safe, were chased quickly by "hunters chestnuts" armed and organized. In their flight, died many chestnuts. These hunters were Mussard (one of the best known in the meeting), which was in October 1851 on an island chain band, where he met two fugitive slave camps. Traces remain of marronage including forest Tapcal recent expeditions have unearthed bones. After the tragic history of these early inhabitants of chestnuts, which were definitely too early to reach these "goat paths" climbing the steep mountain circus time Cilaos remained uninhabited. It is in 1850 that officially dates its first settlement. But in 1835 came the "little white" poor and landless. These settlers developed a subsistence food (lentils, corn, wine, peas, beans, citrus, cattle, ...). The first family settled in the Arm of St. Paul and others on Islet String. Some facilities date back to the fourth generation, but it seems that the original owners, who arrived in the early twentieth century were Gonthier and Picard. In 1866, a population of 960 inhabitants. In the early twentieth century, Cilaos had 2,500 inhabitants. He reached the 1982 census the number of 5,629 inhabitants.
077-CP2874: Vista area from a helicopter Cialos Cirque. Cilaos is the "urban" and the driest of the three circuses but the water has made the reputation of the circus: three hot springs discovered in 1819 were captured and modern environment "Bathrooms Cilaos' spa treatments for bicarbonate water flowing sodium at temperatures of 31 ° (Véronique origin) and 38 ° (Irenaeus of origin, the name of former Mayor Irenaeus Accot the basis for the revival of this activity). Cilaos is lovely, quiet and flowers, adorned with a pool (reeds Mare) and the starting point for many excursions by car or on foot, and walking trails, the GR R1 (Tour of Piton des Neiges in traveling circuses 3), and GR R2 through the island from end to end . Cilaos To find a recognized craft embroidery (Cilaos day the famous'), lentils and the Maison des Vins du Chais Cilaos a young wine producers but promising. chosen site for outdoor sports. If it is, say, a black brown Cilaos Madagascar as its name, is, without doubt, the breath of a volcano that is under its sovereignty, its high walls, valleys, peaks and cornices, multiple creeks and islets lonely.'s home to the main peaks the island: Grand Bénare, Col du Taïbit the three teeth Salazes DIMITILE the Priest Cap, Gros Morne and the center, the Piton des Neiges. Pueblo mountain at the end of a road of 36 km (and 300 laps), combined in Chamonix Mont Blanc, is chosen website for outdoor sports: track, route, hiking and trekking to infinity country, mountain biking, climbing, canoeing, crafts, lace and embroidery, the lentils, good restaurants and the accommodation to choose from.
078-CP2943: Helicopter Flying the St Gilles-les-bains in the Reunion Island. Helicopter Flight To really realize the power that nature shows nothing better to admire it from the air. Circuses and waterfalls, volcanoes and coral reef take on another dimension. The flight takes about 45 minutes and costs 200 euros. Information, in the same hotels.
079-CP3036: Meeting The island is home to a variety of endemic birds. The largest native land animal that survives today is the Furcifer pardalis, ie the panther chameleon. Much of the western coast of the island is surrounded by a coral reef with rich fauna. The local fishermen used to fish for sharks, dogs and cats living as bait. This practice is prohibited, and is fined $ 1,000 for the first indictment and 200 euros for the following.
080-CP3024: bourbon orchids plantations. Vanilla pods are plant stems lianosa climbers. The pods are filled with seeds. It belongs to the family of orchids. Need humid tropical climates to grow. To get the vanilla, should take these pods when still green and left to ferment, then exposed to the sun for 2 days and then stored in trunks about seven months, in a well ventilated area. In this way they get that flavor, the aroma and the color brown.
It is native to Mexico. The Aztecs used it to sweeten the chocolate. After descubirimiento of America, was brought to Spain by the colonizers as well as chocolate. The Spanish bakers started using vanilla to flavor cakes, ice cream, candy, cream or custard .... The major global producers of vanilla are Madagascar, the Comoros and Reunion. Followed by Mexico, Indonesia, Polynesia and the West Indies.
Classes vanilla: 100 species of orchid of the genus Vanilla, only grown 3:
Vanilla Pompona or vanillon: Antillean origin.
Fragans or Vanilla planifolia: Mexico and Indonesia origin.
Bourbon Vanilla: origin of Reunion Island, formerly called Bourbon. Comores.Es also in Madagascar and best of all, in all aspects.
Vanilla Tahitensis: Tahiti origin. It has a distinctive anise flavor and peppery. It is also very appreciated.
Whether natural or artificial, should be kept in airtight glass containers and should be stored in a cool, dry place.
Using Vanilla in the Kitchen:
Natural vanilla has a long life and can be used more than once. Also sells a arificial or synthetic vanilla, vanillin is called, which is packaged in a white powder, packaged in glass jars.
In Europe we can find in the shops of the following ways: Bourbon vanilla, vanilla bean powder, vanilla sugar with natural vanilla extract and natural vanilla extract.
Vanilla Medicinal properties:
Are attributed digestive properties, tranquilizers, and antipyretic aphrodisiac.
081-CP3111: Arabic ou Les Puits volcanique garden. The Arab well was built in the nineteenth century by the orders of the colonial administration. It is located outside of San Felipe, at the end of a forest road with sea view is similar to the built in Saudi Arab. It is a square hole with 42 steps carved into the lava coming down to the water table, which is 10 m deep. The source was exhausted in 1986, after an eruption. Kiosks will have available for a picnic on a pleasant natural environment.
082-CP3180: Palm trees in a giant volcanic arabe ou Les Puits volcanique garden near St. Philippe. An instructive tour of the coast of the table ahead of Tremblet. It begins in a place named Arab volcanic garden runs described panels cast 1986 and continues north to the tip of Tremblet. It is here that the great eruption in 2007 a foundry important to cut the road and expanded the island of 30 hectares.
083-CP3205: Picnic area arabe ou Les Puits volcanique garden near St. Philippe. We live in a volcano, as everyone knows, especially since the furnace has the bright idea to remember your good memory and that several times a year. Thus our island was built and changes the appearance over time. So, sometimes, it is so interesting to browse this great book of history going back to the old foundry. Appointment to the volcanic garden Saint-Philippe, created after the 1986 eruption out of the closet. This tour begins with two hours of the morning at a place called Pointe de la Table, which is a great place for a picnic. Three well done NFB panels recall the evolution of these events and volcanic indicate the path to follow. After crossing the ocean on a bed of black sand, painted the floor white arrows will take you directly to the smelter in a magnificent spectacle that awaits you. It was the impression of walking on a frozen river would flow forever. Here and there small casuarina trees begin to take root in basalt, while the nest fern branches in mineral chiseled cracks. The return is by the cliff, in the middle of the lava in vacoas roped. The folds and bulges, cracks and gaps tell us that the romance of the Earth, a colorful account where you always wonder dives. De Sainte-Rose of St. Philip, after Tremblet village, turn left on Wells Emirates Road (site indicated by the famous blue signs "volcanic Garden"). A paved road winds red until the start of the walk.
084-CP3173: Arabic Cliffs ou Les Puits volcanique garden near St. Philippe. It is with FX'family we leave in the great wild south for a beautiful day on the wild coast. The walk starts from the day Two whales near the well Arabic, which runs along the Quai de Limón, then the lava flow from 1986 to the Pointe de la Table. The return is along the wall of lava. A very kid friendly hike, including Margaux discover lava tubes to size.
085-CP3282: Bridge Des Anglais. The suspension bridge "Pont des Anglais" on "Rivière de l'Est" between Sainte-Anne and Sainte-Rose is now only accessible by pedestrians. In its construction in the late 19th century, is said to be the longest suspension bridge in the world 110 The waterfall "Baby Bottle" to the north of the "Plaine des Palmistes" drops almost vertically 787 feet through the forest to the valley.
086-CP3302: Cultivated fields with vanilla. The vanilla is part of the heritage of Reunion Island. In fact, part of his shield. It appears quocumque FERAR Florebo expression (Floreceré wherever I planted), originally used by the French Company of the East Indies and vanilla vine around the crest. Vanilla's house is located in Saint Andre, and allows visitors to discover the history of vanilla and know their Arable farming and processing. Are vanilla plantations in Reunion Island extensísimas, and the atmosphere is impregnated with the aroma. Vanilla partly revolutionized Reunion Island's economy, especially after 1841, when a slave manually pollinated island. Vanilla, as you will see, an important part of the local cuisine.
087-CP3218: Sta Piton Volcanic Zone with Rose. The visit can begin meeting by the sea but, in any event, the tour of the beaches and the coastal cities can only be a slight taste of the wonders that are enclosed inside. And it is wrong those traveling to this island thinking they will find exquisite beaches. This is not a holiday comes to lying on the sand and in the shade of coconut trees. No beaches like these. In fact, only 30 of its 200 miles of coastline beaches are adequately protected by a coral reef. It is the resource, though, to enjoy the pleasures of fishing (swordfish, marlin, shark, etc..), A paradise for the practice of this activity. The best way to explore Meeting is driving on their roads to the coast and the interior. There are many companies active in tourist resorts and major cities. Organize visits and outdoor activities, such as the Route of the Volcanoes by Mafate circus, organized trekking.También ATV or hiking trail networks, water rafting trips, canyoning and flying helicopter ride volcanoes and canyons .
088-CP0750: The capital of the island of Reunion of cosmopolitan Saint Denis. The history of Saint-Denis dating back to the second century with the existence of a Gallo-Roman villa called Catolacus. In 250, he was buried here in Paris Denis, the first bishop of Paris and patron saint of France, after being martyred in the Montmartre hill, turning the place into a pilgrimage destination. About 475, St. Genevieve built a small chapel at the grave of Denis, which would be rebuilt by Dagobert I and converted into the royal monastery. At his death, was buried in the chapel, a tradition that was followed by most of his successors.
In the Middle Ages, under the privileges guaranteed by Dagoberto (such as independence from Paris), Saint-Denis grew rapidly thanks to its market, which came several caravans from even the Byzantine Empire. In 1125, they were granted more privileges to the town and began the construction of the current basilica. Despite its rapid growth, Saint-Denis suffered intensely the effects of war: of the 10,000 citizens of the town, only 3,000 survived after the Hundred Years War. Here was fought the battle of Saint-Denis in the context of the Wars of Religion between Catholics and Protestants, November 10, 1567. Under the reign of Louis XIV, settled various industries in Saint-Denis, while his successor, Louis XV renovated buildings of the royal abbey. During the French Revolution, the city was renamed "Franciade" between 1793 and 1803, as part of the revolutionary rejection of religion, and the royal necropolis was destroyed and looted. After the Restoration, the real bodies should be buried in a common grave unable to identify the remains destroyed. The last king buried in Saint-Denis was Louis XVIII. In 1860, the city of Paris was enlarged by annexing its nearby communities. The town of La Chapelle-Saint-Denis was divided between Paris, Saint-Ouen, and Aubervilliers, while Saint-Denis was in the northwest of the municipality. Throughout the nineteenth century, industrialization of the city intensified and transportation improved with the construction of the Canal Saint-Denis in 1824, which allowed the town to join the River Seine. In 1843 he built the first railroad. By the end of the century, there were 80 industries in Saint-Denis. The industrial presence caused the growth of important social movements. In 1892 he was elected the first socialist administration and already during the 1920s, Saint-Denis was named as the city rouge (the red city). Until the election of Jacques Doriot in 1934, all mayors had been members of the Communist Party. View Stade de France in Saint-Denis. After the defeat of France during World War II, Saint-Denis was occupied by the Germans on June 13, 1940, but had to face various acts of insubordination on the part of the population until the liberation of the city on August 27 , 1944. After the war, the economic crisis of the 1970s and 1980s hit the city hard, and only began to recover during 1990. The World Cup 1998 gave new impetus to the city: the construction of the main stadium, the Stade de France, joined the general improvement in infrastructure and the extension of the Metro in Paris.
089-CP0780: Atelin Ives, chef of Restaurant Villa Angelique in Saint Denis. Villa Angelique, offers lunch, cuisine type "Bar". A weekly card tempting and fabulous dessert buffet, served on the terrace, surrounded by a garden of orchids lontan vegetation and endemic plant cell walls. A moment of sweet escape in the heart of the city ... In the evening we will welcome you in an elegant and cozy with a refined map, combining tradition and modernity. Angelique Villa team and colleagues who enchant with their food and their passion, we invite you to discover.
090-CP0799: One of the popular dishes of the restaurant Villa Angelique: Magret de canard et son gratin de patate douce et sa sauce "worth casting". 16 euros. Prepared by Chef Yves Atelin. Ingredients: (for 2 people). Duck with sweet potato and pineapple.
1 ginger root
4c s soy sauce
S 2c honey
salt and pepper
Trim the fat side of the breast to form diamonds (can cook faster)
Salt and pepper the duck pulpit.
Mix the honey and soy sauce and marinate the duck for 2 hours
After these two hours, peel and grate the ginger root, then add to the marinade (impregnation and chest). Allow at least 30 minutes in the refrigerator.
Bake for about 7 minutes position grill fat side and side chair 5min.
Cut the duck and pour the hot marinade.
Recipe Sweet Potato Gratin
Ingredients: (for 2 people)
300g sweet potato
50 ml of milk
Nutmeg 1 c c
1 onion, chopped
1 clove of garlic
Saute onion in a skillet 3 min.
Mix the cream, milk, egg, cooked onion, a clove of minced garlic, nutmeg, salt and pepper.
Add the grated sweet potato
Place the mixture in a buttered baking dish and bake 30 minutes at 160 °
091-CP0679: The canons of Barachois. Le Barachois is the northernmost district of Saint-Denis, the capital of the island of Reunion, a French overseas department in the southwest Indian Ocean sea. This is also the center of which the city grew. To the west cliffs along the current route of the Coast, the small bay that gives the Barachois once served as merchant ships to the port. The site is now home to many companies and governments, including the Prefecture of La Reunion.
In fact, it is in a place where a statue of Bertrand-François Mahé de La Bourdonnais and square called Mahe Labourdonnais throne in his honor. The square, in whose center is occupied by misfortune, parking spaces, with trees on the perimeter, some endemic (LATANIERS red), which is a paradise for lovers of puzzles and croûteurs. Since it is next to the Hotel de la Prefecture, the arrival point demos of all kinds, which usually leave the roundabout in the Garden State and through the streets of Paris. Since the 2000s, everyone receives a Christmas village for the holiday season approaches.
However, the Barachois is best known for the team found a little further away from the coast itself: its battery of cannons pointing out to sea from Point Gardens, from which distances are measured mile that separates the island from the rest the world. There is also a statue of Roland Garros pressing a propeller, a tribute to the aviator and inventor réunionnais.Le place is also popular among tourists and honeymooners, who come to take a picture at sunset.
Further east, the Barachois also houses a bowling alley and a concrete pool built in 1959. Designed by Guy Lejeune, then its modern architecture symbolizes the strength of the new department. This group should be restored into dance bar.
092-CP0813: Saint Denis is the capital of Reunion Island and one of the must see places. It is small, modern and cosmopolitan, and is recommended to visit on foot. The route begins in the lower area of ??the city: the Barachois, a promenade filled with cafes. It is a modern, chic, and relatively expensive. Do not leave the area without visiting the prefecture. From there, it is advisable to go to the top aimlessly loitering leisurely. As a guide, after visiting Barachois can follow Victoria Street, where you will find old buildings and the headquarters of the East India Company (from here guided tours usually start in case you are interested). In his walk is a must la Calle Paris with Creole houses, the old hotel, which has undergone a long restoration, and gardens, the large covered market, on the street and boulevard Marshal Leclerc Luciano Gasparin, that all day except Sundays, offers a taste of the variety of crafts from this area, and the cathedral of Saint Denis. Behind the city rise up some hills from which you can get an overview of Saint Denis, and are the starting point for excursions to peak Ecrite Roche, sometimes hidden in the clouds. It is recommended that this sunrise tour.
093-CP0816: Saint Denis The capital of the island is a clean and full of life, although quite expensive. Worth Barachois know the neighborhood and look at the many mansions Creole, although undoubtedly the most beautiful building in the city is the Cathedral of Saint Denis.
Reunion is a volcanic island located in the Indian Ocean, about 800 kilometers east of Madagascar and 100 kilometers from Mauritius, near the Tropic of Capricorn. Depend on it other smaller islands: Tromelin, Juan de Nova, Glorioso Islands, India and Europe Bassa, all uninhabited (though with some military presence). Reunion Island is crossed by two mountain areas. One of them is formed by the Piton de la Fornauise, the volcano, as it is known on the island and still spitting washed with some frequency, although its eruptions usually flow through uninhabited areas so rarely cause damage. On the other mountainous area of ??the island, circuses Cilaos, Salazie and Mafate cliffs are breathtaking landscapes, waterfalls and craggy peaks that will delight fans of mountain sports and natural landscapes. The relief of the island of Reunion, therefore, is steep and varied: mountains, valleys, cliffs ... Only in the area of ??the coast the terrain is flat, and it is there where the main focus farms predominating growing corn and sugar. Mariners European, Arab and Polynesian Réunion knew but never colonized, it is said that for fear of volcanic eruptions. It was the French Company of the East Indies which was first established in the seventeenth century and gave the name of Bourbon, which would change several times until finally settling on the Meeting. Until the eighteenth century France had been content to use the island as a staging of his sailors while traveling through the area, but around 1715 the French decided to end the exploitation subsistence agriculture and crops of coffee, cotton and sugar cane, thereby substantially alter the life of the island. France turned to African slaves to the hard agricultural work, but in the early nineteenth century slavery was abolished and France was forced to import Indian labor. The opening of the Suez Canal in 1869 the island became an obligatory stop on the route between Asia and Europe. After World War II became a district meeting of the French republic. Today, the island is developing its tourism industry to the detriment of agricultural work. Meeting culture is the result of a mixture of peoples, beliefs and customs very different. In music, for example, African rhythms merge with the French and American traditional music. Although the Catholic religion and culture has been the one that has shaped the character of the island for centuries, and Islamic induista significant population also felt with its temples, mosques and traditional rites. The poet and painter Leon Dierx is certainly the most prominent figure of the local cultural scene. In the capital, Saint Denis, you can visit a museum dedicated to the artist which exposes an exceptional collection of French Impressionist works.
094-CP0845: Walking tour of the center of Saint Denis. Saint-Denis, the capital of the island of Reunion is an overseas department of France and one of the islands that make up the archipelago of the Mascarene Islands. It is located in southern Africa, in the Indian Ocean, St. Denis is a city with a high standard of living, here you can take a tour where the tourist that is directed there old Creole very luxurious mansions, elegant bars and terraces, There is also the area most call chic: Le Barachois. Points of interest are: the Monument to the Fallen, the Cathedral of Saint-Denis, the great market. other locations outside of the city are the small fishing village of Saint-Gilles-Les-Bains, Saint-Paul, former capital has historical buildings. For starters, Saint-Denis is a beautiful community, the largest and most populous of Meeting. Economic Capital in 1738, its name was given by a ship that ran aground near the neighboring bay. The city, which originated around the harbor at first, gradually grew, and today offers a host of attractions, among which we highlight the Official Palace India Company (now Commissioner of the island) , the General Consul palace (Natural History Museum), Haitian Creole houses of "Rue de Paris", the Christian cathedral, the Hindu temple, the Garden of l Etat etc.. Obviously, an island as impressive as the meeting, has landscapes worthy of a trip. Recall that the island itself would be created by the eruptions of two volcanoes, Piton de la Fournaise, one of the busiest in the world and located in the southeast of the island, and the volcano Piton des Neiges. There are several areas of the island from which we can see these volcanoes also have the possibility to enjoy spectacular panoramic of the whole island, a mass of natural areas to be presented before our eyes like an oasis of color. Circuses area Cilaos, Mafate and Salazie is an excellent area for hiking, climbing and canyoning. Haunted by the more adventurous tourists, the scenic beauty is one of the best visual gems stored and protected from the island. We also can not forget the spectacular beaches. Many of them are white sand, Caribbean-style. In addition, due to its volcanic formation, we find endless black sand beaches. If we want to know the best beaches on the island, without doubt must go to Saint Gilles Les Bains. The surfers who come to the island flock here by the waves, ideal for windsurfing. In the area, the best beaches, and the most visited, are the Boucan Canot and L'Hermitage. Furthermore, in Saint Gilles is a famous aquarium where we can enjoy the underwater riches of the island. Knowing a little more about the volcanic slopes, the lagoon, the coral reefs offshore etc. During the tour of the aquarium facilities, tourists can see many tropical fish of many colors or feared barracudas and sharks, seahorses, stone fish, clown fish, tiger fish, lobsters and moray eels and many others. If we want to know the wild side of the island, we definitely have to travel to the south of it (where it is Piton de la Fournaise). There, we will find, like a sentry south doors is involved with the Church of Notre Dame des laves, a church that was covered by lava flows back in 1977. This area, where there is often rash, find an almost lunar landscape, characterized by slopes and grooves made by the lava. Undoubtedly, though the visits to various museums (nearly all stationed at Saint Denis), monuments, colonial houses and so on are numerous, it is certain that the Reunion Island stands out, no doubt, by the large number of landscapes beautiful natural. Thus, the recommendations always go through deep into his gut and get to know some of her fabulous natural world.
095-CP3343: Fruit stall in Sainte-Suzanne, a town near Saint Denis. The fruit inheritance of Reunion Island is diverse, almost all fruit species were introduced into it. 138 different fruit species were listed, of which only five are cultivated for commercial purposes: mango, litchi, pineapple, banana and citrus. What remains of the fruit inheritance only grown in the gardens, or only found in nature. CIRAD researchers wanted to diversify the island fruit production with a new fruit. Given the wealth evoked before, seemed pointless to introduce a new species because species already present (such as Hylocereus) do not have to be acclimated, which saves time.
096-CP3331: Tamil Temple in St Andre Meeting. Hindou Temple du Colosse. Chemin de Champ Borne Situation 97440 Saint-André. Seuls them visitent extérieurs du temple itself, ainsi What are vestiges d'un moulin à maïs yes trouvant dans l'enceinte du temple. Sur le web: Temple du Colosse Hindou
097-CP0228: Plage de la souris chaude. The beach hot mouse is the main gay beach on the island of Reunion. It is located on the tip of the three basins, between Saint Gilles and Saint Leu. Access via a small road from the main road. The rocks and sand. Although nudism is practiced. is prohibited.
098-CP0227: Sunset on the gay beach "Plage de la souris chaude". The warm mouse beach is classified as the "unofficial" only nude beach on the island, nudism is part of the daily life of this place, despite the 1978 law banning the practice. Caution Risk of entries (remember that nudism or naturism is officially banned on the beach!). The beach is hot mouse between saline baths and Saint-Leu, in the town of Trois-basin after surfing.
099-CP3383: Faro de Sainte Suzanne. SSAUPASS (Association for the Safeguarding of Sainte-Suzanne)
This lighthouse was restored in 1996. A local heritage group, Association for the Safeguarding of Sainte-Suzanne (ASSAUPASS) organizes tours that include the lighthouse. The lighthouse also serves as a venue for art exhibitions organized by ASSAUPASS.
Height of tower: 82
Height of focal plane: 157
Characteristics and Distribution: Three white flashes every 15 seconds, visible for 23 nautical miles.
Torre description: white cylindrical tower with a red band and a green dome, living nearby.
This light is operational
Tower currently built: 1846
Automated date: 1989
Current Use: Active aid to navigation.
Open to the public? Yes.
100-CP0253: Sunset on the Plage de la souris chaude. The warm mouse beach is classified as the only "unofficial" nude beach on the island, nudism is part of the daily life of this place, despite the 1978 law banning the practice. It is also a place for gay and, unfortunately, the site was attacked by voyeurs of all kinds! It is located on the tip of the three basins, between Saint Gilles and Saint Leu. Access via a small road from the main road. The rocks and sand. Although nudism is practiced.
Reunion Island - Cuisine
The plethora of races and nationalities has contributed to the integration of cuisines from India, China, France, Madagascar and the African mainland making the local food, interesting and exotic. Actually, it is difficult to find any dish tasting like it did - instead French and other influences have enhanced and enriched the recipe. Local restaurants will happily mix Chinese, Indian, Franch and Creole cuisine on the same plate - much to the delight of one's tastebuds!
Eating is one of the favourite activities of Réunionese and mealtimes are family occasions. The regional specialty is 'cari', a truly Creole dish in which many ingredients are simmered together. On Réunion, the cari is made using Indian spices and local ingredients like meat, poultry, fish or seafood and contains garlic, onion, plenty of tomatoes, turmeric, cloves and ginger. Caris are best eaten with boiled rice, the blandness of which helps soothe the fieriness of the rougail, an accompaignment to the dish.
The favourite special dishes of the islanders are carri bichique, carri tangue (a cousin of our hedgehog) and wasp larvae served in a dish called rougail. Traditional Indian, Chinese and French food is available at the many restaurants and cafes in Réunion that also serve good local (vin de Cilaos - sweet and Mmmmm!) and French wines. Of course one must not forget the beer "bourbon" which is more often called 'dodo'.One can sample the food at simple 'camion bars' along the roadside or at restaurants to suit every palate. Unfortunately, McDonald's exists here too, but why not spend an evening with a creole family and sample the delights of real tropical food?
Chillis. One thing common to all the different cuisines here is the chilli. Yes, the European dishes are rather tame but they are always accompaigned by a small dish of "rougail", "achard" or piment. Spices rule the kitchen and no kitchen is complete withou a pestle and mortar - the "pilon" often shaped from lava.
Spicy goat, pork, beef, fish are included alongside grains and pulses. The markets are a cliché of tropical fruits and vegetables alongside potatoes and artichokes from the "hauts".