In the Indian Ocean, next to Madagascar and Mauritius, the island of La Réunion awaits you. Majestic volcanoes, emerald green rainforests, both white and black beaches and impressive waterfalls are waiting to be discovered, as well as the unique Creole culture and an extremely varied cuisine. Your Réunion holiday in this special country, which is part of France as an overseas destination, is rounded off by its hospitable, lively and warm inhabitants.
Already from the airplane you will be able to see the 3,070 meter high Piton des Neiges. The inactive volcano is the highest mountain on the island and was also responsible for the formation of La Réunion about five million years ago. A hiking trail leads up to the summit. It is best to stay overnight in the Caverne Dufour mountain hut, set off from there in the early hours of the morning and enjoy the sunrise with a view over the entire island.
On the south side of the Piton des Neiges is the 2,632 metre high Piton de la Fournaise. It was formed about 380,000 years ago and is not only active until today, it even belongs to the most active volcanoes of the world. As part of the National Park Réunion, the mountain, which the locals simply call "le volcan", is a UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site.
The most western of the three crater basins of the Piton des Neiges, the Cirque de Mafate, is only accessible from the air or on foot. Here you can look forward to unspoilt landscapes and sublime silence. There are about ten small charming villages in the basin where you can stay overnight during hikes through the Mafate.
The volcanic peak Maido is located at 2,205 meters west of the Cirque de Mafate. From here you have a breathtaking view over the valley basin. From here you can also admire the Piton des Neiges and on the other side you can see the Indian Ocean.
The cauldron-shaped canyon Trou de Fer, also known as hell hole, is located in the north east of La Réunion in the Cirque de Salazie. Indeed, one cannot get into the interior of the canyon, but some hiking paths lead to an observation deck from which one can look down. Listen to the thunder of the many impressive waterfalls as you let your gaze wander over the green slopes. Less
The diversity of the landscapes on La Réunion inevitably makes the hearts of nature lovers, hikers and water sports enthusiasts beat faster. Countless well-signposted hiking trails lead through the lush forests and volcanic landscapes.
Those who prefer to go in the water will find ideal conditions for snorkelling or diving through interesting volcanic rock formations and discovering the colourful underwater world around La Réunion. Less
You can expect a tropical climate on La Réunion, but there are climatic differences between the west and east side of the island. The west has a dry climate, while the east is more humid and rainy. The seasons are opposite to the European ones. Winter prevails from May to October, although even then the thermometer shows mild 25° Celsius during the day and around 17° Celsius at night. The best time to travel to La Réunion is therefore from May to October - the main season on the island. Only in the mountains do temperatures in the low single-digit range occur. From December to April there is less activity on La Réunion. During this time, especially in the east, a lot of rain falls and cyclones can occur. On the west coast, however, you will not notice much of this.