La Reunion is a small island located in the Indian Ocean some 200 kilometres away from Mauritius, and several hundred more kilometres east of Madagascar. The island is an overseas department of France, and as such, the national language is French and the local currency is Euros. Its idyllic setting as well as its varied landscapes which feature mountains and fine, white sandy beaches make it a much desired holiday destination. Whilst the island has hotels, the best choice of accommodation would be to stay at a holiday rental apartment in La Reunion. With all the comforts of home including a fully equipped kitchen, it is the perfect place from which to explore this relatively small but incredibly unique island.
Enjoying the beauty of the island in a variety of ways is essential in order to get the most out of a holiday in La Reunion. There are some fabulous hiking trails criss-crossing the island, and this is certainly a good way to start. Many of the circuits are marked, and include trails through forests, around volcanoes and over mountains. For those more interested in life on the beach, while staying at self catering accommodation in La Reunion, there are numerous water sports such as swimming, diving, kayaking and water skiing to be enjoyed.
Hiring a car is an easy way to get around La Reunion, and it is possible to visit many places in the same day. Time can be taken in Saint-Denis which is the capital, Saint-Giles on the west coast which is where the finest beaches are situated, Saint-Leu - a popular surfing town - and Saint-Benoit to visit the vanilla cooperative factory.
Visitors can expect a tropical climate during their stay at a holiday rental apartment in La reunion, with high temperatures throughout the year. Daytime temperatures measure between 25 and 30 degrees all the year through, with the warmest period being between November and April. Night time temperatures are 23 degrees Celsius in the summer and 18 degrees during the winter. Rainfall can occur all the year through, and can fall surprisingly heavily at times. The wettest time of year is from December to April which is classed as cyclone season, and is a period best avoided if considering staying at a holiday rental apartment in La Reunion.
Unless having the privilege of arriving by yacht, most visitors intending to take a holiday in La Reunion will need to plan to arrive by air. Roland Garros Airport (RUN) is the point of entry, and has connections with Europe, Australia, Madagascar and parts of Africa. UK travellers will need to first make their way to Paris Orly Airport (ORY), from where Air France make the long haul to La Reunion.