The ultimate guide to living Saint-Gilles-les-Bains like a local

During your vacation in Reunion, you want to discover life as we live it here.

No question of staying off the beaten track: you want to visit and get to know Reunion like a local.

But where to start ?

Where to go to visit secluded places, those which are almost exclusively populated by locals and no tourists?

Which hiking trails should you choose?

To prepare your quality vacation in Reunion, trust Latitude 21, your hotel in Saint-Gilles-les-Bains .

We know the island and its every nook and cranny perfectly. Discover all our wise advice for living in Reunion like a local!

Discovering the hidden treasures of Saint-Gilles

Saint-Gilles-Les-Bains is much more than its captivating beaches.

As a local, you’ll appreciate the little secret spots that only a local would know about.

Stroll through the discreet alleys of the city center , discover artisanal boutiques and local art galleries.

Don’t miss the Saint-Gilles market , where you will find fresh and authentic products from the island.

Immerse yourself in Reunion culture

Experiencing Reunion like a local also means immersing yourself in Creole culture. Take part in traditional festivals and learn sega , this typical dance from Reunion which tells the history of the island.

Visit museums and historic places to understand the cultural heritage of Saint-Gilles .

Do not hesitate to ask at the reception of our hotel in Saint-Gilles to find out about the latest festivals and public holidays !

→ Also read: Reunion Island: acculturation, creolization and cultural reinventions

Local gastronomy, a culinary journey

Beyond culture, experiencing Reunion like a local also means immersing yourself in the culinary art as it is practiced on the island.

Reunionese cuisine is a real melting pot of flavors.

As a local, you absolutely must taste specialties such as chicken curry , rougail sausage or the famous potato cake.

The restaurants and small street stalls of Saint-Gilles will give you a unique taste experience.

Outdoor activities for adventurers

How to see Reunion Island like a local without spending all your time outside? Reunion Island is known for its sumptuous spaces and beautiful hikes : put on your best walking shoes and set off!

Saint-Gilles-Les-Bains is a paradise for lovers of nature and outdoor activities. Do like the locals and hike the lush trails, dive into the crystal clear waters to explore marine wildlife , or try surfing the waves of the Indian Ocean.

Nightlife in Saint-Gilles, between relaxation and festivities

And of course, to experience Reunion like a local, don’t forget to go out in the evening.

The nightlife in Saint-Gilles is as vibrant as it is relaxing.

Beach bars, with their soft music and exotic cocktails, are perfect for a relaxed evening.

For those looking for more entertainment , local clubs and parties offer a unique festive atmosphere.

Relaxation and well-being to visit Reunion like a local

After a day of adventure, what could be better than relaxing in Reunion Island?

Enjoy spas and wellness centers offering treatments inspired by local tradition.

Meditation, yoga or simply a nap under the palm trees, it’s up to you to choose your moment of relaxation.

An unforgettable stay at Latitude 21

To experience your stay like a local, take care to choose accommodation that matches your desires!

By choosing the Latitude 21 for your stay in Saint-Gilles-Les-Bains, you are choosing more than a hotel: you are choosing an authentic experience.

Book now to experience Reunion like a real local !

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