The Cirques attractions

Top Choice Museum in Hell-Bourg

Musée des Musiques et Instruments de l'Océan Indien

After years of anticipation, Réunion's most ballyhooed new music museum has opened its doors in Hell-Bourg. In October 2015, the innovative Musée des Musiques et Instruments de l'Océan Indien welcomed its first visi…
Museum in Cilaos

Maison de la Broderie

Entirely modernised in 2014, the Maison de la Broderie is home to an association of 30 or so local women dedicated to keeping Cilaos' embroidery tradition alive. They embroider and sell children's clothes, serviette…
Historic Building in Hell-Bourg

Maison Folio

One of the loveliest of Hell-Bourg's Creole houses is this typical 19th-century bourgeois villa almost engulfed by its densely planted garden. You can wander around the property or opt for the guided tour run by the…
Viewpoint in Cilaos

La Roche Merveilleuse

Head to the Marvellous Rock for an eagle-eye panorama of Cilaos. It's accessible on foot or by road. From Cilaos, take the road to Bras-Sec. The turn-off to La Roche Merveilleuse is signposted on the left, after abo…
Waterfall in Salazie

Cascade du Voile de la Mariée

On the southern outskirts of Salazie, along the road to Hell-Bourg and just north of the turn-off to Grand Îlet, are these spectacular waterfalls on your left. They drop in several stages from the often cloud-obscur…
Ruins in Hell-Bourg

Thermal Bath

Visitors can see the ruins of the old baths, which were in use until 1948. They are found in a ravine a 10-minute walk west of town (walk past Le Relais des Cimes hotel at the western end of Rue Général de Gaulle; i…
Village in Hell-Bourg

Bé Mahot

About 3.5km from Hell-Bourg, Bé Mahot is a cute hamlet that's well worth visiting. With its clunky, colourful Creole houses clinging on the hillside and fantastic vistas of the Cirque, it's scenic to boot. There ar…
Picnic Area in Hell-Bourg

Rivière du Mât

From Îlet-à-Vidot, the asphalted road continues for about 2km until a small parking lot. From here, a steep footpath leads in about 15 minutes to the Rivière du Mât valley. Cross the footbridge and you'll soon reac…
Village in Hell-Bourg


The landscape surrounding the hamlet of Îlet-à-Vidot, about 2km from Hell-Bourg, is little short of breathtaking. The iconic, flat-topped Piton d'Enchaing, covered with thick vegetation, seems to stand guard over th…
Museum in Cilaos

Maison des Vins du Chai de Cilaos

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 €12.