The tiny island Reunion, is of French territory found in the Indian Ocean just east from Madagascar and close to Mauritius (215 Kilometers). 1513 was the year when the Portuguese abandoned the island and from the 17th to the 19th centuries, French immigration supplemented by entries of Africans, Chinese, Malagasy, and Malabar Indians gave the island its ethnic diversity and richness. Reunion formally became unit of the French Republic in 1946 (not so long ago). Ethnic groups from the Island are diverse and friendly with their own unique traditions.
This charming island has the most desirable and tropical climate with never ending volcanic landscapes, creating the most gorgeous backdrop for the locals. Living here means that you are exposed to the magical beaches made up of the whitest sand and bluest sea. A lot of adventure can be enjoyed as there is roughly 1000 kilometres of hiking trails surrounded by amazing landscape variations. The volcano and the Mafate valley is where you can experience the best hiking trails. The Mafate valley comprises no roads and has a population of about 800.
With the reality of the islands history, the food culture is totally varied with French, Indian, Chinese and African influences. Popular dishes include meat or fish cooked in a sauce and eaten with rice; cari and rougail. Just to warn potential travelers, food dishes are commonly fused with spice, so maybe have a nibble before a huge bite as a means to test the water. Different seasons bring about different colourful fruits such as litchi, mango, pineapple, bananas, and papaya. The locals love to drink rum which is typically sipped as rum arrange; fruit and spices flavoured rum.
Sadly, people across the world who love to travel don’t even know about this little French department and I sincerely hope that my images and information provides more insight to this beautiful island.