Stella Matutina

Top choice in Réunion

Réunion's most beloved museum is dedicated primarily to the sugar industry, but also provides fascinating insights into the history of the island, especially slavery and the colonial era. It includes a state-of-the-art 4D cinema. There's a shop and a cafeteria. It's about 4km south of St-Leu on the D11 to Piton St-Leu and Les Avirons.

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1. Notre-Dame de la Salette

2.51 MILES

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2. Kelonia

3.75 MILES

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4. Plage de L'Étang-Salé-les-Bains

4.73 MILES

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6. Plage de Trou d'Eau

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7. Sucrerie du Gol

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8.96 MILES

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