Reunion Island Adventure Self Drive Frangipanie – Reunion (7 Nights)
Reunion Island welcomes you to an Island of and Adventure! Ranging from waterfalls, hiking trails, natural cirques and active volcanos!
Reunion Island, a French department in the Indian Ocean, is known for its volcanic, rainforested interior, coral reefs and beaches. Its most iconic landmark is Piton de la Fournaise, a climbable active volcano standing 2,632m (8,635 ft.). Piton des Neiges, a massive extinct volcano, and Réunion’s 3 calderas (natural amphitheaters formed by collapsed volcanoes), are also climbing destinations.
Did you know:
People live inside craters
This volcanic island is covered in large craters. So large, in fact, that entire villages can be found inside them. A visit to Cirque de Cilaos caldera, taking the one road in and out of the crater, offers a glimpse into a completely different world to the beaches and cliffs of the coastline. Inside, the climate changes completely, the temperature dropping and rocky scrub giving way to lush rainforest interspersed with spectacular waterfalls.
It’s home to one of the world’s most active volcanoes
Piton de la Fournaise, on the east side of the island has more than 150 recorded eruptions and is a major tourist attraction. It last erupted in January this year. It was previously a popular hiking spot but the volcanic activity of late has curtailed this.
It has some of the best infrastructures you’ll ever find on an island
Putting even Hawaii to shame, the infrastructure on Reunion is incredible. The wide roads are smooth, straight and fast. Although the traffic in the island’s main town can be quite bad, once you’re outside the city you can zoom about at speed, with nary a bump to be felt.
It’s also home to ‘the most beautiful village in France’ … that’s not in France
Its name may not be so appealing, but the community of Hell-Bourg has been ranked among the most beautiful villages in France, even if it’s technically not in the country, geographically speaking.
Les Plus Beaux Villages de France (meaning “the most beautiful villages of France”) is an association formed in 1982 that compiles a ranking of the country’s prettiest villages, which must have a population of less than 2000 and have at least two national heritage sites.
Hell-Bourg, located in the caldera of Cirque de Salazie, is the only village outside mainland France to make the ranking. The village makes the list for “superb scenery formed by the Cirque de Salazie and its lush vegetation”, and its heritage architecture from its days as a spa town.
It’s not overrun with resorts
Despite being a tropical island of incredible beauty and a popular escape for the French, the island is yet to truly develop its hotel industry. At present, Lux Saint Gilles (owned by the Mauritian hotel and resort chain Lux) is the only five-star resort on the island. Located on the western side of the island, the resort sits on a protected lagoon and is also home to the island’s largest swimming pool.
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