Le Grand Brûlé Platform


In April 2007, in one of the most violent eruptions ever recorded, an impressive lava flow was formed, about 2km north of Pointe du Tremblet. The road was cut off for several months. It's a primal experience to drive through the barren moonscape that is this huge expanse of solidified, pure-black lava field. It's forbidden to walk across the lava flow, but a viewing platform has been built just off the RN2.

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1. Pointe de la Table

3.41 MILES

In 1986 the lava unusually flowed south of Le Grand Brûlé to reach the sea at Pointe de la Table, a headland that lies a few hundred metres north of Puits…

2. Puits Arabe

4.02 MILES

Leaving St-Philippe to the east, you'll first come across Puits Arabe (Wells of the Arabs), a hole that has been excavated in the basaltic rock. It's a…

3. Fishing Harbour


With its handful of colourful fishing boats, the teensy fishing harbour is worth a peek.

4. Sentier Botanique de Mare Longue

5.99 MILES

This pristine forest has an end-of-the-world feeling that will appeal to those in search of hush. From the car park you can tackle one of the three…

5. Le Jardin des Parfums et des Épices

6.55 MILES

Inland between Le Baril and St-Philippe, don't miss the 3-hectare garden, Le Jardin des Parfums et des Épices. It contains over 1500 species in a natural…

6. Anse des Cascades

6.97 MILES

This scenic anse (bay) is beside the sea about 3km south of Piton Ste-Rose. The water from the hills drops dramatically into the sea near a traditional…

7. Puits des Anglais

7.23 MILES

The main attraction in Le Baril is the Puits des Anglais, a splendid saltwater pool that has been constructed in the basaltic rock. It's mobbed at…

8. Pas de Bellecombe


From the viewpoint at Pas de Bellecombe (2311m), the 'entrance' to the volcanic area, you'll be rewarded with mesmerising views of the volcano and its…