A palette of lifestyles
The locals of Reunion Island live by their cultural expression, a blend of different faiths, where everyone can get back to their roots, through their beliefs and their cuisine for example. As you explore the island, admire the churches that peacefully coexist next to Hindu temples, mosques, and Chinese pagodas, as a symbol of the many civilisations that have settled here.
The people of Reunion Island have developed the art of living together in harmony and one of the most beautiful symbols of this way of living is the shared celebration of Christian, Tamil and Chinese religious holidays. The Créole language also adds a certain charm to this colourful population, even if French is still the official language.
It is a language of mixed cultures, with surprising words and expressions, full of imagery and often delectable. Traditional and modern music is performed on the stages across Reunion Island, and each genre shares the Créole culture. This music groups together the various influences of the island, with sega, maloya and similar variations, jazz, rock or reggae, all offering surprising rhythms.
The creativity of Reunion Island cuisine is a testimony to the many ethnic groups and cultures represented here. Each region is proud of its specialities and culinary traditions: Cilaos lentils, Salazie Chouchou, Saint-Joseph turmeric, the palm of the Wild South, vanilla from Saint-Philippe… Producers will welcome you to their humble estates and will be delighted to share their passion and expertise with you.
Come on a culinary journey with us! Local gastronomy is full of European, Chinese, Indian and Malagasy influences that will take your taste buds on a voyage of flavours and spicy scents. The cuisine of Reunion Island has created its very own traditions: Rice, grains and rougail, the trilogy of traditional Reunion Island cuisine, that is always served with a “cari”. The restaurants, gîtes and inns guarantee top-quality services, for a mouth-watering stay on this island, guaranteed.