Cilaos

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Cilaos showing mountains and a lake or waterhole

In the heart of the island of Réunion is a town where you will find artisan workshops, thermal springs and spectacular hiking trails.

Set in a valley encompassed by forest-clad hills and volcanoes is the picturesque town of Cilaos. Here you can visit artist workshops, relax in thermal baths and experience the wine-making history of Réunion. Explore canyons, discover waterfalls and hike along scenic trails. The town’s beginnings date back to the 19th century, when it was a spa resort. Today Cilaos is a popular ecotourism destination located in the dramatic landscapes of Cirque de Cilaos.

Stroll around the compact town center, which has streets lined with boutiques and handicraft stores. Visit Maison de la Broderie to learn about Cilaos’ embroidery heritage and watch women expertly embroider clothing and tablecloths. Admire the fairytale-like illustrations of Réunion at Philippe Turpin’s Studio. Enjoy the town’s scenic surroundings at Mare à Joncs lake, where you can rent paddle boats.

The 10,072-feet (3,070-meter) tall shield volcano Piton des Neiges looms over the town. It forms part of Réunion National Park, a paradise for adventure sports. Join treks to mountain peaks, go climbing, visit majestic waterfalls and try canyoning. Short walks abound in Cilaos’ immediate surroundings, too. These include the walk to La Roche Merveilleuse lookout. After a busy day of activities, rejuvenate the body in the thermal waters of Thermes de Cilaos.

Delve into the town’s culinary scene at lakeside restaurants and rustic bars. Sample dishes based on locally grown lentils and inspired by French-Creole traditions. Learn about the island’s wine culture and enjoy a wine-tasting session at Maison des Vins du Chai de Cilaos.

Spread around the town’s outskirts are a handful of charming hamlets. Just a 20-minute drive away is postcard-perfect Îlet à Cordes, framed by rolling vineyards and lentil fields. Hike or drive to Bras Sec to feel a million miles from tourism.

Getting to Cilaos is an adventure in itself, via a meandering mountain road with over 400 chicanes and hairpin turns. Travel by bus from Saint-Louis, situated about 22 miles (36kilometers) south, or rent a car and stop off at viewpoints. Come and see why legend says that the name Cilaos means The Place One Never Leaves.

Résidence Hôtelière Otroiza
Résidence Hôtelière Otroiza
3 Rue du Pere Boiteau, Cilaos
The price is $101 per night from Oct 20 to Oct 20
Located in the heart of Cilaos, this guesthouse is 1 mi (1.7 km) from Pitons, Cirques and Remparts of Reunion Island and within 6 mi (10 km) of Piton des Neiges ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (38 reviews)
"Super friendly staff and really close to all the hikes in the area. The hotel was also really clean and comfortable, highly recommended!"

Reviewed on Oct 14, 2019

Résidence Hôtelière Otroiza
Le Tsilaosa Hotel & Spa
Le Tsilaosa Hotel & Spa
4 out of 5
21, Rue du Pere Boiteau, Cilaos
The price is $193 per night from Nov 19 to Nov 19
Situated in Cilaos, this hotel is 0.9 mi (1.4 km) from Pitons, Cirques and Remparts of Reunion Island and within 6 mi (10 km) of Piton des Neiges and Réunion ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (8 reviews)
"Bon accueil 😊 Mais le bruit des autres résidents et bruit de la ville un peu dérangeant 😌"

Reviewed on Oct 16, 2021

Le Tsilaosa Hotel & Spa
Le Bas de Cilaos
Le Bas de Cilaos
2 out of 5
93C route nationale 5, Cilaos
Situated near the bay, this vacation home is 1.2 mi (2 km) from Pitons, Cirques and Remparts of Reunion Island and within 6 mi (10 km) of Piton des Neiges and ...
4/5 Very Good! (4 reviews)
"Bon séjour proche du centre ville de Cilaos"

Reviewed on Oct 6, 2021

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rental chalet in Cilaos: Filaos Green Lodge
rental chalet in Cilaos: Filaos Green Lodge
Cilaos, Arrondissement of Saint-Pierre
The price is $110 per night from Oct 26 to Oct 26
This family-friendly Cilaos chalet is located on a river, 1.2 mi (2 km) from Pitons, Cirques and Remparts of Reunion Island, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Piton ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (4 reviews)
"Nous avions une commande spéciale végane pour le petit-déjeuner auquel Fabrice et Laëtitia se sont adaptés avec brio. Un magnifique cadre (voir photo), paisible et chaleureux. Chalet très propre, jardin superbe et présence d'animaux très câlins. Je recommande."

Reviewed on Dec 30, 2020

rental chalet in Cilaos: Filaos Green Lodge
Le Bas de Cilaos
Le Bas de Cilaos
2 out of 5
93C route nationale 5, Cilaos
Situated near the bay, this vacation home is 1.2 mi (2 km) from Pitons, Cirques and Remparts of Reunion Island and within 6 mi (10 km) of Piton des Neiges and ...
4/5 Very Good! (4 reviews)
"Bon séjour proche du centre ville de Cilaos"

Reviewed on Oct 6, 2021

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House With 3 Bedrooms in Cilaos, With Wonderful Mountain View, Furnished Garden and Wifi - 40 km From the Beach
House With 3 Bedrooms in Cilaos, With Wonderful Mountain View, Furnished Garden and Wifi - 40 km From the Beach
Chemin Saul 7, Cilaos, Arrondissement of Saint-Pierre
The price is $156 per night from Oct 25 to Oct 25
Situated in Cilaos, this vacation home is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Pitons, Cirques and Remparts of Reunion Island and within 6 mi (10 km) of Réunion National Park ...
House With 3 Bedrooms in Cilaos, With Wonderful Mountain View, Furnished Garden and Wifi - 40 km From the Beach
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