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Cilaos

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Municipality of the department of Reunion, Cilaos is in the center of the island, in the natural amphitheater of the same name. Bordering The Oars, St. Louis, St. Paul and Three Ponds, it lies in the southern part of the Piton des Neiges. Its name comes from Madagascar, meaning Tsilaosa place where one is safe. That's where it holds its motto: Cilaos, always comes back.

The economy Cilaos mainly on tourism, viticulture, and the cultivation of the lens. The spa, whose waters are reputed to be beneficial, also attract tourists. The town also has an interesting cultural and natural heritage, perfect for family vacations or romantic.

Hiking and canyoning are Cilaos program and its lovely sights.

Geographical information

MunicipalityCilaos
Postcode97413
Tourism label
Latitude-21.1353000 (S 21° 8’ 7”)
Longitude55.4711000 (E 55° 28’ 16”)
Population5727 inhabitants
PrefectureSaint-Denis (106 km, 1h27)
Insee code97424
IntercommunalityCA Civis
DepartmentRéunion
RegionOverseas

Nearest cities & towns

Saint-Louis36 km (37 min)
Entre-Deux40 km (44 min)
L'Étang-Salé43 km (46 min)
Saint-Pierre44 km (44 min)
Le Tampon45 km (51 min)
Les Avirons47 km (52 min)
Petite-Île58 km (1h02)
Saint-Leu58 km (54 min)
Saint-Joseph63 km (1h08)
La Plaine-des-Palmistes72 km (1h17)
Les Trois-Bassins75 km (1h07)

Things to see and do

Appreciated for its nature and attractions, Cilaos always attracts more visitors.

The Notre-Dame-des-Neiges is one of the most beautiful monuments Cilaos. She especially has a chime and a phosphorescent blue cross that lights up at night. Built in 1858, it is the scene of a feast day every 5 August.

Walking through the city, one can also admire the life Bearer, a monument sculpted by Elodie Konrheiser tribute to chairs carriers. Installed in 1999, it points to the direction of the Piton des Neiges, the highest peak of the island.

But that's natural heritage that is worth Cilaos an influx of tourists every year. Near the Piton des Neiges and the Grand Bénare, the town attractions include the wonderful Rock, or islet of Bras Sec. This is the starting place for many hikes, as well as canyoning and climbing activities. More sports for amateurs, the sites are open to all.

In the forest of Bras Sec, tourists also enjoy the presence of Cilaosa Adventure Park, an amusement park and tree climbing.

A spa, Irenaeus Accot, uses the benefits of Cilaos water to provide welfare and good health to passing visitors. Only baths of the island of Reunion, they are named after a former mayor of Cilaos.

Places of interest

Information points
Leisure centres
Monuments

Events and festivities

On Sunday morning, an open market brings the streets of Cilaos.

A Christmas market also takes place at the end of the year.

Every year in October, the city of Cilaos offers its famous lens festival. The opportunity to present the gastronomic treasure of the region and organize various events.

Detailed information

Grand Raid race
A very tough running race on the island of RéunionOctober 2017

Weather

Friday 9 december
Min. 25°C - Max. 25°C
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Saturday 10 december
Min. 25°C - Max. 25°C
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Sunday 11 december
Min. 25°C - Max. 25°C
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Visits, leisure and activities nearby

Leisure activities

Last nameActivity typeRateCity
Canyoning at Le Trou Blanc
Nature and the great outdoors55 € to 70 € Salazie (13.9 km)
Nature hike in Réunion
Nature and the great outdoors55 € to 985 € L'Étang-Salé (18.7 km)
Tandem paraglider flight over the hilltop forest and lagoon
Sports sensations75 € to 110 € Saint-Leu (19.2 km)
Canyon and lava tunnel descent
Sports sensations55 € to 75 € Saint-Leu (19.2 km)
Lava tunnel exploration
Nature and the great outdoors50 € Saint-Leu (19.2 km)

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Vacation rentals

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Hotels