Introducing Grand Îlet & Col des Boeufs
This is a sweet, picturesque spot. About 17km west of Salazie, accessed by a scenic white-knuckle road, Grand Îlet really feels like the end of the line. The village sits at the base of the ridge separating the Cirque de Salazie and the Cirque de Mafate. Above the village are the mountain passes of Col des Bœufs and Col de Fourche, which form the main pedestrian routes between the two Cirques; access is via the village of Le Bélier, 3km above Grand Îlet, where you’ll find the start of the route forestière that leads to Col des Bœufs. Toss aside that mobile phone, shed all the stresses nibbling your psyche and set about the serious business of relaxing or walking.
While there’s nowhere to stay in Le Bélier, you’ll find several chambres d’hôtes in Grand Îlet as well as a few shops selling basic foodstuffs.