Only few people know that Réunion Island is a spectacular natural wonder! Located in the Indian Ocean to the east of Madagascar and southwest of Mauritius, this small little island packs a surprising punch. What it lacks in size it makes up for in forests, volcanoes, beautiful beaches, and a fun capital city.
Saint Denis, Réunion’s capital, is a pleasant and lively town with its brasseries, bistros and fantastic restaurants. A perfect reproduction of metropolitan France, Saint Denis also offers rugged mountains and gorges for those who seek great trekking adventures.
If you like unusual hiking, you’ll really enjoy Réunion’s tropical rainforest.
Want to enjoy the beach after a morning hike? Drive to St. Gilles and enjoy the white sandy beach and warm water!
Feeling extra adventurous? The island is home to Piton Maïdo and Piton de la Fournaise, one of the most active volcanoes in the world. Lucky for you, the volcano open for hiking, backpacking and climbing… if you’re up for the challenge!
A brief 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, King Louis XIII of France named it Île Bourbon.
– It was renamed Réunion during the French Revolution.
– The island is 39 miles (63 kilometers) long, 28 miles (45 kilometers) wide, and covers 970 square miles (2150 square kilometers).
– The island is similar to the big island of Hawaii, as both are located above hot spots in the Earth’s crust.