Le Jardin des Parfums et des Épices


Inland between Le Baril and St-Philippe, don't miss the 3-hectare garden, Le Jardin des Parfums et des Épices. It contains over 1500 species in a natural setting in the Mare Longue forest, 3km west of St-Philippe. Knowledgeable and enthusiastic guides present the island's history, economy and culture through the plants; tours are in French and last 90 minutes.

There's also a shop where you can buy local spices, essential oils and jams.

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1. Puits des Anglais

0.77 MILES

The main attraction in Le Baril is the Puits des Anglais, a splendid saltwater pool that has been constructed in the basaltic rock. It's mobbed at…

2. Sentier Botanique de Mare Longue


This pristine forest has an end-of-the-world feeling that will appeal to those in search of hush. From the car park you can tackle one of the three…

3. Fishing Harbour

1.58 MILES

With its handful of colourful fishing boats, the teensy fishing harbour is worth a peek.

4. Cap Méchant


Cap Méchant is one of the eeriest landscapes in the south, with huge lava fields, windswept black cliffs, rows of vacoa trees and the mandatory picnic…

5. Puits Arabe

4.25 MILES

Leaving St-Philippe to the east, you'll first come across Puits Arabe (Wells of the Arabs), a hole that has been excavated in the basaltic rock. It's a…

6. Pointe de la Table

4.82 MILES

In 1986 the lava unusually flowed south of Le Grand Brûlé to reach the sea at Pointe de la Table, a headland that lies a few hundred metres north of Puits…

7. Le Grand Brûlé Platform

6.55 MILES

In April 2007, in one of the most violent eruptions ever recorded, an impressive lava flow was formed, about 2km north of Pointe du Tremblet. The road was…

8. Cascade de la Grande Ravine

7.48 MILES

A narrow road follows the wide stony bed of the Rivière Langevin and leads to Cascade de la Grande Ravine, a majestic waterfall that drops into a broad…