Top things to do in Les Hautes Plaines & the Volcano

Top Choice International in Plaine-des-Cafres


Two Senegalese brothers (Abdou and Cher) run this well-known venture with a snug dining room. The eclectic menu features exquisitely cooked rougail zandouille (chitterlings stew Creole-style) and grilled meats as we…
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, …
Top Choice Cheese in Plaine-des-Cafres

Palais du Fromage

The aptly named 'Cheese Palace' is famous for its superb range of cheeses, including a delicious fromage au miel et caramel (cheese flavoured with honey and caramelised sugar), best enjoyed at a picnic table in the …
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.
Creole in Plaine-des-Cafres

La Ferme du Pêcher Gourmand

This ferme-auberge (farm restaurant) on the main road south of Bourg-Murat offers delicious, good-value, no-nonsense farmhouse food. Along with duck preparations and seasonal vegetables, signature dishes include por…
Creole in Plaine-des-Palmistes

Les Platanes – Chez Jean-Paul

One of the best-known eateries in the area, this colourful spot on the main drag is popular with Réunionnais families – a good sign. The atmosphere is laid-back and the food is similarly unpretentious with an emphas…
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 …
International in Plaine-des-Cafres

Ti Resto Lontan

Don't let the bland building put you off – it's more colourful inside. The food is nothing special, but the menu has a bit of everything, from carris (curries) and salads to simply cooked meat and fish dishes. For d…