Thermes de Cilaos
At the north end of town, the Catholic church, with its eye-catching white façade and spire, is Cilaos' major landmark.
Philippe Turpin's Studio
The sculptor, painter and printmaker Philippe Turpin, who etches on copper and then rolls the prints off the inky plates, has a studio...
Maison de la Broderie
Entirely modernised in 2014, the Maison de la Broderie is home to an association of 30 or so local women dedicated to keeping Cilaos'...
Come lunch and dinner, this cute case créole is alive with action. Tables spill from inside out onto a breezy terrace. Food-wise, the...
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Thermes de Cilaos information
Cilaos' sources thermales (thermal springs), which are heated by volcanic chambers far below the surface, are said to relieve rheumatic pain, among other bone and muscular ailments. For visitors, several health treatments are offered, including a 20-minute hydromassage (€15) – bliss after a long day's hiking in the Cirque.
The springs were first brought to the attention of the outside world in 1815 by a goat hunter from St-Louis. A track into the Cirque was constructed in 1842, paving the way for the development of Cilaos as a health spa for rich colonials. The thermal station was opened in 1896 and the tradition continues today.