Distillery in St-André

Sucrerie de Bois-Rouge

This sugar refinery is on the coast 3km north of St-André. During the cane harvest (July to December) visitors are shown around the huge, high-tech plant, following the process from the delivery of the cut cane to t…
Plantation in Ste-Suzanne

La Vanilleraie

At Domaine du Grand Hazier, a superb 18th-century sugar-planter's residence about 3km southwest of Ste-Suzanne, you'll find La Vanilleraie, where you can see vanilla preparation and drying processes and also purchas…
Factory in Bras-Panon

Coopérative de Vanille Provanille

This working vanilla-processing plant offers an introduction to the process of producing Réunion's famous Vanille Bourbon via a 45-minute guided tour and a film on the history of vanilla cultivation. You'll find var…
Plantation in St-André

Plantation de Vanille Roulof

If you're after Réunion's Vanille Bourbon, head to this small family-run operation where you can buy vanilla pods at reasonable prices (€10 for 25g). You can also find out about the technique of 'marrying' the vanil…
Farm in Ste-Rose

Bananaland – Domaine d'Aldachris

Just north of Piton Ste-Rose is this family-run operation where you can visit a banana plantation and buy various banana products, including delicious jam, to-die-for cakes and different varieties of exceptionally s…
Historic Building in St-André

Maison Martin Valliamé

Worth a look is this handsome colonial villa dating from 1925, northeast of the centre. Guided tours in French are available on the hour from 10am to 4pm.
Forest in St-Benoît

Forêt Ste-Marguerite

For a complete change of pace and atmosphere, consider spending some time in the protected 159-hectare Forêt Ste-Marguerite, way up in the hills. Fans of flora will get their kicks here; there are over 150 indigenou…
Hindu Temple in St-André

Temple of Colosse

Temple of Colosse is, by far, the most striking Tamil temple in Réunion. With its brightly painted decor, it's very photogenic. Since it's not open to the public, you’ll have to content yourself with peering through…
Waterfall in Bras-Panon

Bassin La Paix & Bassin La Mer

A blissful site is Bassin La Paix, in the Rivière des Roches valley, about 2.5km west from Bras-Panon (it's signposted). From the car park, a path quickly leads down to a majestic waterfall tumbling into a large roc…
Historic Site in St-Benoît

Îlet Bethléem

Very few visitors have heard about Îlet Bethléem, a magical spot by the Rivière des Marsouins that locals would like to keep for themselves. Reached after a 15-minute walk from the car park, it features an old chape…