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Recommended Reunion holidays

Reunion further information
Currency: French Franc
Approx flight time from London: 14
Time Difference: +4
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Reunion Holidays

Reunion holiday information
Magnificent scenery in the midst of the Indian Ocean.

Reunion is a French island in the midst of the Indian Ocean, 500 miles east of Madagascar. Covering 970 square miles it is a tropical island with an immensely varied and dramatic landscape. Despite having 17 miles of colourful beaches on the west coast, Reunion is not a typical tropical island. Much of the coastline is bordered by forests and cliffs leading from the ocean into the fertile, mountainous interior where three volcanic craters have formed valleys known as Les Cirques. La Plaine des Sables is like a lunar landscape of red and black rocks at the foot of La Furnaise, an active volcano. Much of the surrounding land is striped with lines of solidified lava. Waterfalls, rivers and lagoons add to the diversity of the land. Reunion is suited to those who are looking for tropical relaxation and beaches combined with outdoor activities, as there is so much to do and explore around the island. Sometimes called the ‘Nepal of the Indian Ocean’ walking and hiking is very popular. There are many trails taking in the various natural attractions, some can be fairly challenging, the less challenging routes can be enjoyed on foot, mountain bike or horse back. St. Denis, the capital, is located at the north of the island. It is a lively, modern town with an array of historic sites, vibrant markets and a beautiful waterfront. The hotels in Reunion are located on the sandy west coast. Boucan-Canot boasts the best beaches with gold or black sand, Sainte-Gilles further down the coast is a more developed resort with a range of luxury hotels and restaurants. The hotels have good facilities are the perfect place to relax while taking in the beauty of the enchanting surroundings.