Réunion is an island that lies to the east of Madagascar and southwest of Mauritius in the Indian Ocean with a population of 844,994 people. Réunion is an overseas department of France and therefore part of the Eurozone. Discovered by the Portuguese in the early 16th century, the island was then occupied by the French starting from the 17th century.
The island covers an area of 970 square miles (2,511 square km) and is volcanic in nature as it lies on top of a hotspot in the Earth’s crust. One of the most active volcanoes in the world, the Piton de la Fournaise, rises to 8,632ft (2,631m) above sea level and its most recent eruption was in August 2015. The frequent eruptions of the volcano have caused little damage as lava flows tend to be confined within the caldera. The volcano is a top tourist draw to Réunion.
Climate on Réunion is tropical and varies from the east to the west of the island. The east sees more rain, especially from December to April. The west coast of Réunion is much drier and is fringed by a stretch of coral reef. The core of the island and east of the island is growing in popularity for activities like hiking. This area lies within the Réunion National Park which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2010.
Pack your hiking boots and head to Réunion National Park and choose from the many hiking trails available including to see a live volcano, calderas and impressive waterfalls. Join whale watching trips over June to November for a chance to see or swim with humpback whales. Surfing and paragliding is popular at Saint-Leu.
Fly to Roland Garros Airport in Sainte-Marie on Réunion via airlines like Air Austral, Air France, Air Madagascar and Corsair direct from France, Mauritius, Mayotte, Madagascar, Seychelles, South Africa, Comoros, and India.
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