Looking for some interesting facts and information about la Réunion / Reunion Island?
Fun facts, facts about the culture and history as well as the diverse nature – we got you covered.
17th of October, 2017 20°53'32.8"S 55°27'15.8"E
ÎLE DE LA RÉUNION: THE INTENSE ISLAND
Reunion Island is a tropical paradise of volcanic origin in the middle of the Indian Ocean, east of Madagascar and southwest of Mauritius. The island offers diversity in landscapes and culture and has some astonishing facts.
REUNION HAS ONE OF THE MOST ACTIVE VOLCANOS IN THE WORLD
Piton de la Fournaise erupts at least once a year
IS PART OF THE EUROPEAN UNION AND EUROZONE
which means the currency is Euro and people are “Europeans”
PEOPLE SPEAK CREOLE
an official regional language (since 2014) spoken by 90% of the population
THERE ARE SOME WEIRD CUSTOMS
Don’t be surprised if someone smashes an egg on your forehead for your birthday
HOME TO SUCCESSFUL ATHLETES
Ever heard of Dimitri Payet, Daniel Narcisse, Jackson Richardson, Jeremy Flores or Johanne Defay ? Dimitri Payet is a famous football player who is part of the french national team, Daniel Narcisse same as Jackson Richardson were among the best french handball players ever, while Jeremy Flores and Johanne Defay are surfing in the world surf league.
THE 20TH OF DECEMBER IS A PUBLIC HOLIDAY
20th of December 1848 – Day of the abolition of slavery on Reunion Island by Joseph Napoléon Sébastien Sarda Garriga
HAS THE HIGHEST MOUNTAIN IN THE INDIAN OCEAN
The Piton des Neiges (Snow Peak), a shield volcano which culminates at 3,069 m (10,069 ft)
PEOPLE EAT WASPS AND “TANGUE” (TAILLES TENREC)
THE TECHNIQUE FOR POLLINATING VANILLA WAS DISCOVERED ON REUNION
At 12 years old a young slave named Edmond Albius revolutionized the cultivation of vanilla by inventing a quick and profitable technique of pollination
IT HAS AN ENDEMIC FAUNA AND FLORA
Such as the Tuit-tuit bird, the green gecko, Tamarin des hauts, Fanjan…
IT CAN RAIN A LOT
The east coast of Reunion holds several world records in volume of rain
42% OF THE ISLAND IS PART OF THE NATIONAL PARK OF REUNION
Since 2010 the Island was designated a UNESCO World Heritage for the area of the “Pitons, cirques and remparts of Reunion Island”
A PART OF THE ISLAND IS ONLY ACCESSIBLE BY WALK OR HELICOPTER
The Cirque of Mafate
REUNION ISLAND IS A MULTICULTURAL ISLAND
with roots coming from Madagascar, Eastern Africa, West and South-East India, China and Europe. A huge melting pot of religion, colours, cuisine, traditions and languages which gives Reunion its rich culture.
THE FAMOUS PIRATE LA BUSE DIED IN REUNION
His grave is located in the marine cemetery of Saint Paul. He was executed in Saint Denis for his crimes. His treasure still remains somewhere in the Indian Ocean or even on Reunion Island – one of the biggest undiscovered treasures with an estimatedd value bigger than 4.5 billion Euros.
IS HOME TO ONE OF THE MOST INTENSE MOUNTAIN ULTRAMARATHON RACES IN THE WORLD
It takes place annually in October – The Grand Raid or “La diagonale des fous” (The Madmen’s Diagonal) is a 162 km route with 9643 m of elevation gain crossing the Island from South to North.
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