Reunion was first discovered by the Portuguese in the early 1500s, before then there is little known about its history. Malaysian and possibly Swahili sailors may have come and gone, but none settled. Due to it's location in the Indian Ocean, just east of Madagascar, the culture you'll find today is a vibrant mix of French, Portuguese African and Indian.
From colorful reef life just off the coast, to unique land species like the panther chameleon and white-tailed tropicbird, Reunion is a wonderland for nature lovers. Don't miss the all encompassing view of the pristine habitat from the highest point on the isle, Piton des Neiges; you're sure to be stunned by the panorama. Back down at sea level, Plage de l'Hermitage beach is a popular haunt for sun worshippers and diving enthusiasts. Rent your car in Reunion in the capital of Saint-Denis and then the rest is up to you!
Réunion Island is a French territory island located in the Indian ocean 942 km from the shorelines of Madagascar. Saint-Denis is the capital and commercial center of Réunion, and here you can enjoy everything that an urban center has to offer. In Saint-Denis, you can enjoy Creole and French cuisine, as well the city's architectural masterpieces that were influenced by French, Indian, Chinese and African culture.
Traveling outside Saint-Denis is also possible and a must when traveling in Réunion. The scenic routes of N1 and RN1 go along the coast, and just under 2 hours by car from Saint-Denis, you can travel to the mountain town of Cilaos. Cilaos is nestled away in the Cirque mountain range. Cilaos offers a unique mountain town experience that is different from major urban centers, but is a place where you can still enjoy the amenities of restaurants, architecture, and outdoor activities combined!
The N2 route within Réunion takes drivers along the eastern part of the island towards the Arrondissement of Saint-Benoit, which is comprised of six communal towns. This is an area you'll want to maximize as much time as possible when it's time to get away from the hubbub of Saint-Denis. This is a great place to experience residential life on the entire island.
Just under an hour away from Saint-Denis along the Route de Tamarins and the N1, you can visit the L'Etang-Sale beach. It's a black volcanic sand beach, and it's the beach every visitor should go to when it's time to catch a time, go swimming, and bask in the Indian Ocean atmosphere.
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