Maison du Parc

Les Hautes Plaines & the Volcano

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.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Les Hautes Plaines & the Volcano attractions

1. Domaine des Tourelles

0.06 MILES

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…

2. Grand Étang

2.97 MILES

Around 12km southwest of St-Benoît along the road towards Plaine-des-Palmistes is the 3km road to Grand Étang (Big Pond). This pretty picnic spot lies at…

3. Takamaka Viewpoint

3.15 MILES

North of St-Benoît the D53 strikes southwest, following the Rivière des Marsouins 15km upstream to end beside the Takamaka viewpoint. Be prepared to fall…

4. Forêt Ste-Marguerite

4.56 MILES

For a complete change of pace and atmosphere, consider spending some time in the protected 159-hectare Forêt Ste-Marguerite, way up in the hills. Fans of…

5. Belvédère du Nez-de-Bœuf

4.87 MILES

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…

6. Cratère Commerson

4.99 MILES

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

7. Cité du Volcan

5.56 MILES

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…

8. Pas des Sables

6.73 MILES

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…