If you've come to Cilaos looking for nightlife, you've taken a wrong turn. The town is very quiet after dark. That said, a couple of restaurants, including Chez Noë, double as bars.

Feature: A Toast Is in Order

After an unusual gustatory experience? Sample a glass of vin de Cilaos (Cilaos wine), served in most restaurants in town. Not to be deprived of their wine, the French brought vines with them to Réunion in the 17th century. They were originally grown along the west coast, but in the late 19th century settlers introduced vines into the Cirques, cultivating them on trellises outside their houses or on tiny terraces hacked out of the hillside. For years, the wines they produced were sugary sweet whites, reminiscent of sherry and tawny port. In the late 1970s, however, a few enterprising growers in Cilaos upgraded their vine stock and began producing something far more palatable. In addition to sweet and dry whites, growers now produce rosés. They are not necessarily the most distinguished of wines but they're improving in quality, especially the rosés. The harvest season takes place in January.