Lying in the Indian Ocean, Réunion Island, with its varied geography of tropical sands, warm azure waters and amazing reefs fringing a lush volcanic and rainforested interior, is the outdoor lover's dream destination. Immerse yourself in a vibrant melting pot of Creole, Indian, Chinese and French culture, with an abundance of architectural and historic treasures, colourful festivals and mouth-watering cuisine.
There are a wealth of horse riding opportunities all over the Island, for all levels and abilities, from complete beginner to experienced rider. Popular luxury resort Saint-Gilles has centres offering a range of packages, combining sea breeze riding on beautiful horses, with outdoor dining experiences, whilst lessons and day camps for children and adults are a perfect break from the beach in Saint-Leu. For more challenging riding expeditions, centres based near the island’s capital Saint-Denis, escort riders high into the lush interior, pausing for picnic lunches on peaceful nature paths and traversing narrow mountains passes. For longer trail riding and courses in TREC (Equestrian Trekking Techniques Competition), combining picturesque beach and woodland, venture to the verdant forests of Etang-Salé region, whilst centres in Plaine des Cafres offer courses and excursions from two hours to two days.
From dressage and show-jumping and gentle hacking through fragrant meadows, sugarcane fields and coffee plantations to fast canters along the foaming surf of the Indian Ocean, Réunion Island is the iconic "Exotic Paradise".