The Paris of the Indian Ocean
A glistening jewel in the Indian Ocean, Reunion Island offers extreme landscapes, from its beaches and beautiful waterfalls to the sharp peaks and sometimes snowy summits. Reunion Island is a French department of volcanic origin with mountains abruptly ending in ravines fringed with typical coastal landscape. Saint Denis, the capital, stretches its narrow streets along the old colonial-style buildings and trendy shops, leading to the Barachois Square next to the sea. Try the local cuisine at the many excellent restaurants. The scenery is dominated by the Piton des Neiges, a 3071 metre extinct volcano, occasionally covered by a snowcap. The active volcano La Fournaise attracts many specialists and visitors on each spontaneous eruption, with lava rivers flowing down its slopes. With such natural beauty, Reunion Island fulfils the expectations of thrill seekers. Visitors can try their hand at scuba diving, surfing, canyoning, climbing, paragliding or motorbike trailing.