Pas de Bellecombe

Les Hautes Plaines & the Volcano

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 scoria cone with bizarre ochre hues you can see to the east in Enclos Fouqué is Formica Leo. The main crater, the 900m-wide Dolomieu Crater, is active.

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1. Plaine des Sables

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2. Pas des Sables

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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…

3. Cratère Commerson

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

4. Belvédère du Nez-de-Bœuf

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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…

5. La Maison de Laurina

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6. Le Labyrinthe En Champ Thé

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7. Cascade de la Grande Ravine


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8. Domaine des Tourelles

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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…