The town from which the Cirque de Salazie takes its name lies at the eastern entrance to the Cirque. There’s not much to detain you here, and most visitors press on to Hell-Bourg. You’ll have to change buses here if you’re heading further up into the Cirque.
The post office, opposite the hotel, has an ATM (the only one in the Cirque). There’s also an internet café, Cyber Salazie (0692 05 62 24; per hr €5; 9am-10pm Tue-Sun), just up the road.
If everything is full in Hell-Bourg, the Hôtel Salazien (0262 47 57 05; fax 0262 47 51 65; 134 Rue Pompidou; s/d €35/45), on the main drag, is a good plan B, though atmosphere is not its strong suit. If you’re a light sleeper, ask for a room at the back. The attached restaurant is nothing to write home about; instead head to Le P’tit Bambou (0262 47 51 51; mains €10-12; lunch daily except Wed), further up, which serves hearty fare with a zesty Chinese twist in rustic surrounds.
Last updated: Feb 17, 2009
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