St Philippe

Overview

Introduction

This town on the southern coast offers visits to the Spice and Fragrance Garden and botanical paths in the Mare-Longue Forest. But perhaps more striking, about 5 mi/8 km east of town, the coast road passes through hardened lava flows in a region known as pays brule (burnt country). For centuries, this has been the route by which the eruptions of La Fournaise have found their way to the sea (fortunately for the population of Reunion, the lava hasn't strayed from this path). Between the black flows lie patches of lush green forest. 40 mi/65 km southeast of St. Denis.

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