Only few people know that Réunion Island is a spectacular natural wonder! Having lived there for 5 years, in Saint Denis, Réunion’s capital is a pleasant and lively town with its brasseries, bistros and fantastic restaurants. Saint Denis is a perfect reproduction of metropolitan France. The rugged mountains and gorges of Reunion offer great trekking adventures. If you like unusual hiking, you’ll really enjoy Reunion’s tropical lushness. Want to enjoy the beach after a morning hike? Drive a few minutes to St Gilles and enjoy the white sandy beach and warm water!
A bit of history about the island:
- Arabian sailors used to call this island Dina Morgabin (“Western island”).
- The Portuguese discovered the uninhabited island in 1513.
- The island was then occupied by the French. In 1642, the King of France Louis XIII named it Île Bourbon.
- It was renamed Réunion during the French Revolution.
- The island is 39 miles (63 kilometers) long, is 28 miles (45 kilometers) wide, and covers 970 square miles (2150 square kilometers).
- The island is similar to the big island of Hawaii because both are located above hot spots in the Earth’s crust.