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Saint Leu

Located on the islands west coast, the small town of Saint-Leu not only appeals to holidaymakers in search of leisure and relaxation but also attracts lovers of cultural heritage. 

Boasting a pleasant sandy beach with shade provided by Australian pines, a peaceful lagoon in which to enjoy a swim and a renowned surf spot.

The charming seaside resort of Saint-Leu also has several of Réunion's major tourist attractions within its territory, including the Stella Matutina museum focusing on the history of sugar cane cultivation and industry on the island. 

Kélonia, a sea turtle observatory and awareness-raising, research and treatment centre for these endangered species. 

The Salt Museum, located on the protected natural site of the famous Pointe au Sel.

Reunion botanical garden with its a magnificent display of native plants and rare varieties.

In the town centre, which stretches along the Indian Ocean, you can enjoy a nice walk around the harbour and the charming Place de la Mairie, where you can admire old buildings from the French East India Company.

Built in1859 following a cholera epidemic that apparently stopped at the gates of de Saint-Leu, the Chapel of Our Lady of La Salette is perched at the top of a Way of the Cross and attracts many pilgrims who come to commemorate this miracle on 19 September each year.

The lovely beach of Saint-Leu, where you can choose between relaxing in the lagoon's calm waters or snorkel and explore the seabed. 

On the magnificent, wild rocky coast that runs from Saint-Leu to L'Étang-Salé-les-Bains, you can witness the astonishing spectacle of Le Souffleur (literally meaning "the Blower"), a natural phenomenon caused by the repeated onslaught of the sea swell, with an impressive jet of sea-spray that can reach heights of several metres.