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Of Cirques and Adventure: Reunion Island

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Mention France, and images like the Eiffel Tower, berets, and baguettes come to mind. But did you know that France also consists of several islands scattered around the world? These French overseas regions are part of the EU, and adopt French as their official language.

One of the most interesting of these is undoubtedly Réunion Island.

Set adrift in the vast Indian Ocean, it’s actually closer to Madagascar (and Mauritius) than it is to anywhere in Europe. And as an island destination, its selling point is not about sandy beaches or stilted chalets above the water – this is because Reunion has what other islands lack: adventure.

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The Heart of Corsica

Just offshore from mainland France lies Corsica, an island that’s known for its fierce independent streak as well as its rugged landscape that encompasses jagged mountain ranges, fragrant maquis scrubland and dramatic coastal cliffs.

View of Ajaccio

Most visitors prefer to bask under the Mediterranean sun at seaside towns like Ajaccio (birthplace of Napoleon Bonaparte), Bastia and Bonifacio. Once considered susceptible to invasion, the coastal areas were developed only in the early 19th century, so if you want to understand the country’s history and culture, head inland to its mountainous core.

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