The West attractions

Top Choice Museum in Les Hauts de St-Leu

Stella Matutina

Réunion's most beloved museum reopened its doors in 2015 after a massive renovation. About 4km south of St-Leu on the D11 to Piton St-Leu and Les Avirons, it's dedicated primarily to the sugar industry, but also pro…
Beach in St-Gilles-les-Bains

Plage des Roches Noires

Plage des Roches Noires, in the heart of town, is crowded and neatly striped with sunbeds and parasols, but, beneath all this, it remains an attractive stretch of beach excellent for families, with shallow waters an…
Beach in Boucan Canot

Plage de Boucan Canot

Boucan Canot's main beach has been listed as one of Réunion's best, and once you get a glimpse of the gentle curve of the bright white sand, lined with palms and casuarina trees and framed with basalt rocks and clif…
Beach in L'Hermitage-les-Bains

Plage de L'Hermitage

Further south of St-Gilles' Plage des Brisants, lined with casuarina trees, is Plage de L'Hermitage, which is an alluring place to fry in the sun. It is safe for swimming – it's protected by a barrier reef and is su…
Museum in St-Gilles-les-Bains

Musée de Villèle

This museum is set in the former home of the wealthy and very powerful Madame Panon-Desbassayns, a coffee and sugar baroness who, among other things, owned 300 slaves. The house, which is only accessible on a guided…
Museum in St-Leu

Kelonia

Don't miss this ecologically conscious marine and research centre dedicated to sea turtles, about 2km north of St-Leu. It features exhibits, interactive displays and big tanks where you can get a close-up look at th…
Gardens in Les Hauts de St-Leu

Conservatoire Botanique National de Mascarin

On the Route des Colimaçons, on the slopes north of St-Leu, this attractive garden is in the grounds of a 19th-century Creole mansion and contains an impressive collection of native plant species, all neatly labelle…
Gardens in L'Hermitage-les-Bains

Le Jardin d'Eden

Appealing to a wider audience than just plant lovers and gardeners, Le Jardin d'Eden, across the main road from L'Hermitage, is definitely worth an hour or so for anyone interested in tropical flora. Sections of the…
Church in St-Leu

Notre-Dame de la Salette

The little white chapel of Notre-Dame de la Salette, perched on the side of the hill to the east of town, was built in 1859 as a plea for protection against the cholera epidemic sweeping the entire island. Whether b…
Viewpoint in Les Makes

La Fenêtre

It would be a sin to visit Les Makes and not take the forest road that leads to this viewpoint, another 10km further uphill. The view over the entire Cirque de Cilaos and the surrounding craggy summits that jab the …