Réunion – our travel guide
Réunion is a scenically magical island that enjoys a truly astonishing diversity of landscapes. Expect awesome mountains, emerald forests, tumbling waterfalls, soul-stirring panoramas, energetic coastal cities and a sprinkling of white- or black-sand beaches – not to mention the formidable Piton de la Fournaise, one of the world's most accessible active volcanoes. With its extraordinarily varied terrain, Réunion is a dream destination for lovers of the outdoors.
Dining on Réunion
Reunion Island boasts a rich culinary tradition inspired by the various ethnic groups that make up its population. Sample typically Reunionese dishes, swordfish and bream that’s been steamed, grilled or oven-cooked, as well as raw tuna and marlin tartare, carpaccio or sushi. More modest restaurants will serve up tasty and straightforward dishes in the purest Reunionese culinary traditions, whilst others – located in prestigious establishments and bearing the labels Restaurateur de France, Restaurant de Tourisme or Qualité Tourisme île de La Réunion - are an opportunity for you to enjoy Reunionese cuisine with a modern touch.
Whale and dolphin watching, diving, safe swimming in the protected lagoon and snorkeling in the Marine Nature Reserve of the Ermitage are just some of the coastal activities waiting for you on Réunion. There have been shark attacks off the island in recent years so do make sure you swim only where advised by local signage.
Away from the beautiful beaches, head inland to explore lava fields, volcanoes and lush forest landscapes. The jewels in the crown of Reunion Island, its volcanic peaks, craters and ramparts are on UNESCO's list of World Heritage Sites.
Réunion Driving Routes
The Lava Route (N2 road) stretches from St. Philippe on the southeast coast to Saint-Rose on the east coast. This road hugs the east coast and passes old lava flows from past eruptions of Piton de la Fournaise as well as patches of forests. Look out for signposts which mark the year of each eruption and resulting lava flow. You can stop at various points along the way for photo opportunities. The Anse waterfall makes for a relaxing pitstop – there’s a café and WC facilities.
Car Rental on Réunion
The Roland Garros Airport in Saint Denis is Réunion Island’s main point of entry. Green Motion's car rental station is located close by the Airport terminal. Upon arrival, please call +262 262 28 52 52 to arrange your collection. The pick-up point is directly outside of Terminal 1 next to the tourism office, where the branded Green Motion shuttle will be waiting for you.
Kick off your Réunion Island road trip by heading for the west coast on the N1 highway. Just past Saint Denis, you’ll experience what has to be a masterpiece of modern engineering: a long section of the highway is basically suspended above the ocean!