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The attractive Plage des Roches Noires is obviously the biggest pull at St-Gilles.
Further south of the Plage des Roches Noires, lined with casuarina trees, is another alluring place to fry in the sun. Both beaches are safe for swimming and extremely popular on weekends...
Notre-Dame de la Délivrance, which sits on the hillside across the usually dry Rivière St-Denis, is noteworthy for the statue of St Expédit just inside the door, dressed as a young Roman soldier.
On Rue Jean Chatel you'll stumble across the colonial building, the Ancienne Maison des Notaires.
You can learn more about Cilaos wine at the Maison des Vins du Chai de Cilaos. A short film (in French) is followed by a wine tasting session. Take home a bottle from about €13.
The area is ideal for stargazing. The Observatoire astronomique offers stargazing programs from 9pm to midnight. It's best to call ahead to confirm the program is on.
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