Recognisable by its sphinx-like profile, Lion Mountain offers a challenging, rewarding half-day hike with stunning coastal views. The walk climbs the lion's 'back' to finish on the 'head'. We recommend hiring a local guide or joining an organised hike with Otélair or Vallée de Ferney. The trailhead is beside the police station at the north of Vieux Grand Port.

Check out www.fitsy.com for detailed GPS information about the hike, though the main trail is fairly obvious and runs straight along the ridge and up over a rocky area to the peak. There are a few hairy scrambles over the rocks before you reach the flat area on the lion's head. From here you can see right across the interior of the island. Return the same way you came up. Allow three to four hours for the return trip.