Last updated on June 22nd, 2017 at 03:34 am
Reunion Island is a small island located in the Indian Ocean, geographically belonging to the African continent. The island situated around 175 kilometres from Madagascar actually belongs to France, therefore the official language of the people living there is French (along the native language called Reunion Creole).
Reunion covers a total area of 2.5 thousand square kilometres and counts a population of about 845 thousand people.
The administrative capital of Reunion Island is the city of Saint-Denis (officially the Saint-Denis de la Reunion), as the island is a French overseas territory.
But considers as a department of France. The city is also the most populous urban area of the entire island. Officially, Reunion has a status of the French overseas region and is part of the Eurozone and technically also the special member of the European Union (outermost region). Tourism is one of the most significant branches and a strong source of income for the local economy.
The population of Reunion Island has its roots in France, Madagascar and Africa. The first discovery of the island happened in 1507 by Portuguese explorers officially. But Arabic people discovered who called it Dîna morgabin 10th century or even earlier! ( Local evidence proof )
The 17th century was followed by the French occupation and colonisation which (together with bringing African, Chinese and Indian workforce) resulted in the multi ethnicity and population diversity of Reunion which is known till today. The dark past stained with slavery ended in 1848. Eventually, Reunion gained the status of the French overseas department in 1946.
Reunion has simply everything a traveller can wish for and dream about. Everything from stunning waterfalls, gorgeous valleys, breathtaking mountain views, fascinating volcanic eruptions, superb beaches, precious wildlife or lovely culture. The nature in Reunion is truly magical and every corner of this island has as surprise.
Alongside the highly photogenic landscape, Reunion also has a lively culture full of fascinating traditions, historical buildings and architectural jewels.
On the top of it all, this outdoor paradise is also a home to some of the most delicious cuisines with influences from all over the world (including Indian, French or Chinese), creating a glorious blend of flavours. The only problem with Reunion Island remains, that once you visit, you will probably never want to leave!