The largest settlement in any of the Cirques, Cilaos sits 1200m above sea level.
Developed as a spa resort at the end of the 19th century, the town’s fortunes still rest on tourism, particularly hiking and canyoning, backed up by agriculture and the bottled mineral-water industry.
The area is known for the production of lentils, embroidery and, increasingly, palatable red and white wines.
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Photos by Jaro Franta.