Discover Ile aux Cerfs & its surroundings
The Eastern village of Trou d’Eau Douce will steal your heart at first sight. At dawn, the village comes abuzz as locals set out on their daily routine. The fishermen push their pirogues into the blue waters of the East, while some catch the bus to work at the nearby luxury hotels. Street vendors set up to welcome the first customers and the village shops open their wooden doors or roll up their shutters, in wait of tourists and visitors.
Around midday, quaint restaurants serve mouth-watering local dishes in front of a stunning panorama of islets and glimmering turquoise waters. Later in the afternoon, as villagers come home from school and work, a queue slowly builds up at the bakery, where a fresh batch of pain maison is baking. Activities slow down early in this corner of the island where people wake at dawn.
On weekends, the village gets busy again as the beach houses welcome family gatherings. Locals meet for mass in the church of Trou d’Eau Douce. This iconic building, designed by famous artist Marcel Lagesse, is built out of volcanic rock and delicate stained glass windows. It is a true statement to the beautiful resources and visionaries that populate our island.
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