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    Cirque de Salazie

    By Dmitry Petrounin Dmitry Petrounin Section editor Profile

    Discover Cirque de Salazie

    Leaning against the north side of Piton des Neiges, the cirque de Salazie has an average altitude of 3,280 ft. The famous Hell-Bourg village, which is classed as the most beautiful village of all the French overseas territories, is nestled there. Surrounded by particularly spectacular crenellated summits, its name does not come from the English word ?hell' but from the surname of an old governor of the island. In the village, it is possible to visit some of the historic Creole houses, including the Folio house which dates back to 1870. It still displays its own period furniture, and still belongs to the descendants of the original owners.

    Cirque de Salazie

    Cirque de Salazie , A hot spring , Réunion
    A hot spring

    Salazie once had a hot spring located at Hell Bourg. Nowadays, if you wish to test the water, head for the waterfalls.

    © Isabelle Rozenbaum / age fotostock
    Cirque de Salazie , Hotels in Salazie , Réunion
    Hotels in Salazie

    This Cirque is aimed at ecotourism. It has 3 hotels and many guest houses.

    ©Gil GIUGLIO
    Cirque de Salazie , Piton d'Anchaing , Réunion
    Piton d'Anchaing

    Full of history, Piton d'Anchaing rises from the centre of Cirque de Salazie like a watchtower and provides a habitat for giant bamboo.

    © Michael Fischer - age fotostock
    Cirque de Salazie , The local people , Réunion
    The local people

    The inhabitants of the Cirque, known as 'Salaziens', number just over 7,000.

    © Bjul / 123RF
    Cirque de Salazie , Colonial houses , Réunion
    Colonial houses

    A few buildings, including this hotel, are built in the colonial style typical to the islands.

    © Atamu Rahi - age fotostock