Les Hautes Plaines & the Volcano attractions

Top Choice Natural Site in Piton de la Fournaise (The Volcano)

Plaine des Sables

You've reached the end of the world! The Plaine des Sables is a wide windswept plain, made of ashes. With its lunar landscape, it could form a perfect backdrop for a new version of Mad Max. From the Pas des Sables, …
Viewpoint in Piton de la Fournaise (The Volcano)

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 outer crater, known as Enclos Fouqué. The very photogenic, small…
Museum in Plaine-des-Cafres

Cité du Volcan

Everything you need to know about Piton de la Fournaise and volcanoes in general should become clear at the excellent Cité du Volcan. It was completely refurbished and modernised in 2013, so you can expect state-of-…
Viewpoint in Piton de la Fournaise (The Volcano)

Pas des Sables

About 22km from Bourg-Murat, there's a fabulous viewpoint at Pas des Sables (2360m), from where you can gaze at the barren moonscape that is the Plaine des Sables.
Historic Building in Plaine-des-Palmistes

Domaine des Tourelles

A lovely 1920s Creole building just south of the town centre, Domaine des Tourelles now houses a shop selling local produce and souvenirs. Outside, you'll also find a cluster of crafts shops. The rather motley assor…
Volcano in Piton de la Fournaise (The Volcano)

Piton Kapor

Piton Kapor is a small volcanic cone in the Enclos Fouqué, north of Piton de la Fournaise. It's a great alternative walk for people who don't want to tackle the long hike to Balcon du Dolomieu. Count on three hours …
Volcano in Piton de la Fournaise (The Volcano)

Cratère Rivals

Located in the southwestern part of the Enclos Fouqué (the outer crater), Cratère Rivals is a mini volcano that can be accessed from Pas de Bellecombe; it's a fairly easy four-hour return walk on a well-marked trail…
Viewpoint in Piton de la Fournaise (The Volcano)

Belvédère du Nez-de-Bœuf

On your way to the volcano, be sure to pause at this viewpoint (it's signposted) to enjoy unsurpassable views over the valley gouged by the Rivière des Remparts.
Cave in Piton de la Fournaise (The Volcano)

Chapelle de Rosemont

Chapelle de Rosemont is a spectacular cavern in the lava in the Enclos Fouqué (the outer crater). It's visited by hikers on their way to the Balcon du Dolomieu.
Viewpoint in Plaine-des-Cafres


From this viewpoint near Bois Court, you can look down into the splendid valley of Grand Bassin.