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Cilaos - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Réunion

Nestled at the heart of a magnificent cirque, at around 1,200 metres in altitude, the spa resort of Cilaos not only enjoys an exceptional environment but also a pleasant climate and plenty of sunshine. Accessible via a narrow, winding road with no fewer than 400 bends, this pretty little town in the Hauts area of the island lies at the foot of the famous Piton des Neiges.

The ideal starting point for a hike to the nearby beauty spots, Cilaos also has many shops, restaurants and accommodation that make it a popular stopover for visitors and ramblers.

With its spa offering well-being and fitness treatments, Réunion's only spa resort is also popular with fans of relaxation and hikers who come to unwind after a long walk, like the tough ascent of the Piton des Neiges! Specialising in the prevention and treatment of rheumatism and digestive disorders, as well as hydrotherapy services, the Cilaos thermal baths also offer complementary treatments such as a sauna, Turkish bath, manual relaxation and seaweed body wraps.

Not far away, heading back towards the city centre, you can stop by the beautiful Church of Our Lady of the Snow (Notre-Dame-des-Neiges) and its charming floral garden, before going for a stroll along Rue du Père Boiteau, a lively place dotted with shops and restaurants. For a spot of shopping, head to the small covered market that not only sells the cirque's most famous specialities, such as wine, sparkling water and Cilaos lentils, but also spices and macerated rums. To stock up on fresh fruit and vegetables, regional produce and craft items, bear in mind that there is a great outdoor market every Sunday morning on Rue des Écoles.

Before setting off for a hike in the area around the town, you can also visit the Cilaos Wine Cellar and its House of Wines, an essential place to go for anyone wanting to learn more about this vineyard and its production. Or you can discover the House of Embroidery, where you can admire some beautiful examples of traditional embroidery, with skills passed on down the generations. The pleasant pond of Mare à Joncs, not far away, is ideal for a little family outing: pedalo, kayak and electric boat rides will delight children and grown-ups alike!

Anyone passing by in October should be sure not to miss the lentil festival that takes place during the harvest every year. During this celebratory event, the famous pulse from the Cilaos cirque is honoured with exhibitions, lectures, entertainment, tastings and a gastronomy competition.

Additional information

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.

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.

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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 RéunionFrom 19 to 22 october 2017

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