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© Serge GELABERT
Cilaos Road

Route de Cilaos

An enchanting route

Cilaos is the sunniest and driest of the 3 cirques on the island. Dominated by Piton des Neiges, which reaches 3,071 metres of altitude – known as the roof of the Indian Ocean, it was previously the chosen refuge of fleeing slaves called “noirs marrons”.
Take the RN1 from the city of Saint-Denis near Roland Garros international airport, and head south to the city of Saint-Paul on the Tamarinds road, then toward Saint-Louis. It takes about 90 minutes to get there by car from Saint-Louis.

 

Tips

The tricky road has 3 tunnels where the first vehicle to approach has priority. Beep your horn to let other vehicles know you are there. Events and festivities are organised in the cirque, depending on the weather. Book your accommodation here ahead, especially during the weekend of the Grand Raid and the Diagonal des Fous when hotels and gites are very busy.

Where is the route de Cilaos ?