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St-Gilles-les-Bains & l'Hermitage-les-Bains/Réunion

Introducing St-Gilles-les-Bains & l'Hermitage-les-Bains

The tourism machine shifts into overdrive in the large resort complex of St-Gilles-les-Bains, with white sands, restaurants, nightclubs and a boisterous atmosphere on weekends. During the week, however, the atmosphere is much more relaxed and you shouldn't have to fight for a space to lay your towel. There are numerous water activities on offer, from diving to deep-sea fishing.

But let's be frank: it's got that generic resort feel and there's no discernible Creole character. If you're after more authenticity, clunk in your seat belt, jump on a serpentine country road and drive up to some rustic and authentic villages in the Hauts.