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Reunion : When and where to go?
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Reunion: Climate & Weather
The climate is tropical with two main seasons. Between October and March, the summer is very rainy and subject to hurricanes, with average temperatures of 28°C. Winter lasts from April to September; it is cooler and drier with temperatures of around 20°C.
26°C - 79°F
Saint-Denis, updated 23:30 GMT
What to do in Reunion
Nature is everywhere and the added cultural mosaic make Réunion a paradise.
Saint-Denis will seduce you with its highly ornate facades on old Creole houses, the Barachois esplanade is ideal for walking along the coast, the beautiful State garden boasts multiple tree species, the Grand market and Noor Al-Islam mosque.
The famous Fournaise Peak is a must-see place: This volcano is still active, to access it you need to cross the sand plain, then you can explore the Dolomieu crater, and finally the last hollow, the Kapoor crater. To learn more about the volcanic activity of Réunion, the Volcano House Museum is a definite place to visit in the Plain of Kaffirs.
For swimming fans, the west coast has beautiful beaches, especially Saint-Gilles-les-Bains, where surfers can enjoy the Black Rocks.
For a panoramic view, climb the Maido peak which dominates the village of the Petite France by more than a thousand meters.
Do not miss the chance to discover the three calderas ; Cirque de Mafate, Cirque de Cilaos and Cirque de Salazie, their reliefs are impressive with rugged peaks and valleys where you can enjoy unforgettable hikes in a sublime wilderness area.
Reunion : The basics
Réunion is very well served by several airlines.
French citizens obviously do not need a visa, and other EU citizens can live there without a visa for up to three months.
The currency in circulation is the Euro as with the entire French territory.
The budget is very similar to that required in France. For hotel accommodation, "one star" or bed and breakfast costs around €50 and a hearty and tasty meal €25. You will pay much less at street stalls or for a takeaway meal. Feel free to taste the many culinary specialties: Almost one per city!
Regarding health, there are no particular risks: It is advisable to keep all your classic vaccinations up to date and add those for hepatitis A and B. Protect yourself from the sun and mosquitoes, and surfers should watch out for sharks.
To travel inland, buses serve the coast road and taxis serve the villages. You can also rent a car if you do not mind the narrow roads.
Possible Souvenirs: Bamboo or Common Screw Pine basketry, furniture, embroidery, flowers.