Les Hautes Plaines & the Volcano attractions

Top Choice Natural Feature 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. You can expect state-of-the-art facilities and animations, including two spectacu…
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, whose opening times are …
Museum in Plaine-des-Palmistes

Maison du Parc

The headquarters of the Parc National de la Réunion are based here. There's an interesting exhibition section, with plenty of information (in English) about Réunion's geology and various ecosystems.
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.
Viewpoint in Piton de la Fournaise (The Volcano)

Cratère Commerson

Just off the road that leads to the volcano (it's signposted), this lookout affords spectacular views of a 230-metre deep crater.
Viewpoint in Plaine-des-Cafres


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