1. Le Barachois
While the city centre is an assault on the senses, the sea front has a more peaceful atmosphere during your visit to Reunion Island. Le Barachois, an iconic area in Reunion’s capital city, used to be a small port for landing goods from ships. Today this corniche is a favourite place for an enjoyable walk. From the sea wall with its canons pointing out to the ocean, you can enjoy totally unobstructed views of the sea.
On the other side of the street is the Prefecture of Reunion Island and the island’s most famous brasserie: Le Roland Garros. Outside there is a statue of the famous aviator from Reunion Island from whom it takes its name.
In the evening, enjoy the orange sky of the sunset behind Cap Bernard snacking on samosas or enjoying an iconic “bouchons gratiné” (local toasted cheese sandwich). Just nearby, locals play petanque until late in the evening in a friendly atmosphere.
On Sunday afternoons, Le Barachois is closed to traffic and invaded by happy families. The kids go on the merry-go-round, play in the playgrounds and feast on ice creams and waffles. In Le Barachois it’s easy to fine tune the art of strolling in Saint Denis.