Attached to the original St. Peter's lived most of the rich settlers south of the island, Petite-Île became common in 1935. Although the city has formed in the heights, it owes its names to the presence of an island which is about forty meters from the coast. Extending between the Manapany Ravine to the east and the ravine of Anse in the west, the coastline is composed mainly of Petite-Île bright high cliffs 20 to 50 meters. Built far from the ocean, upstream from the main road (RN2), the main town is located away from the main axis of communication.
The town bases its economy on its agricultural means of favorable climatic and soil conditions. Indeed, Petite-Île is privileged because it is climatically isohyets between 1500 and 2000 mm. Agriculture is one hand not too embarrassed by the abundance of rainfall in the region to the wind and the other, by the deficiency of rainfall in the region downwind necessitating irrigation. In addition, the region Petite-Île a very fertile land.
On the Way to Petite-Île craftsmen, wood, porcelain, ceramic, bamboo, volcanic rock, wrought iron and all kinds of materials make their titles of nobility in the expert hands of artisans. Your taste buds will be exhilarated by honey pink peppercorns and culinary specialties from the expertise of this agricultural town.
Grande Anse: The Creole Atmosphere:
History: the youth of the coral reef, the source of white sand, a testament to its fragility. At the rear of the basalt cliffs attest to the morphological evolution of the coastline. Grande Anse began as an intimate beach frequented by locals. Over time, the increasing trend in tourism led to the completion of a development copy on this site. Parking lots, walkways, toilet blocks, a bowling alley and a picnic area have been created to accommodate you better.
The picnic is not an activity that was established at the time of site development in 1975. This practice existed in the 1930s (personal communication). In the first half of the 20th century, the history of the site has long been attached to the chaufournerie. Indeed, a government decree of February 12, 1889 signed by the director within Lougnon (which the acting Governor Edward Manes) allowed Leon Orre, a large landowner in the south, to build a lime kiln on the beach d Anse the Netherlands. Located by the sea near the reef that served as raw material, this former factory manufacturing lime from the carbonization of Coral Grand Bois and Grande Anse. The lime was used to enrich the soil of the lower part of the site that was planted in food crops. For construction of walls of buildings, slaked lime (which is not as good as lime) was used as a binder to "Argamassa" which has the property of being waterproof. Sold much of the plant to Grand Bois, lime was also used to settle the cane juice which made it possible to drive the impurities to the bottom. Following the promulgation of a decree of President A. Millerand dated January 13, 1922, authorize the divestiture of not geometric, the coral will be extracted in a massive way. The occupants of the Maritime Public Domain (DPM) became the sole owners of their tool. Until the end of the war, during which the cement shortage is felt, the lime-burners of Grande Anse and the west coast of the meeting will conduct a competition on the edge of illegal. In 1973, the town of Petite-Île acquired the lower part of the site 800 meters long. Two years later, as part of an operation called "trees of 100 000" Reunion on the coast, the city decides to install the rear track a large grassy area, picnic and relax under the casuarina trees. At the same time, the way to the site yet narrow carriage is expanded and paved.
Curiosities: Piton Grand'Anse: overlooking the "Grand Anse," a small hill colonized by a forest of casuarina trees overlooking a green-edged blue of the ocean. A forest trail leads you to the top of the Piton, which you will appreciate the wild beauty of this coast.
Grande Anse is a white sand beach that lies between the Great Woods and rocky cliffs to the east of lively Grands Bois. This is the last South before the start of a coastline consists mainly of cliffs that extend from Petite-Île Sainte-Rose.
Domaine du Relais:
Nestled in the hills above Petite-Île 900 m above sea level, the Domaine du Relais can get high, to better appreciate the calm and cool without the high blue of the ocean is never far away.
At the end of your journey is the reward: a great site, which was particularly neat design, featuring picnic areas, fire places to warm up the curry which go on a barbecue (n 'Never forget to extinguish the fire after use), plus a small bowling alley, a plateau green for ball games, a fitness trail, a track model.
This green area is named after the nearby peak which operates a television relay.
Le Domaine du Relais particularly stands out from other destinations because it lends itself perfectly to the activity of horseback riding who knows a constantly growing popularity.
From the main tower, to the ride, the site offers tours that not only allows you to discover the routes unusual landscape, but also natural areas such as the forest of the High Manapany.
Local professionals patented state will certainly through this walk around the picnic area to help you discover the elements of the local flora. It's time to be guided by the hypnotic sound of hooves on the earth, can only sound breaking the quiet of the high Petite-Île. The nature lovers and horse will have the opportunity to browse and enjoy on the back of their mounts the site and its variations.
Trail Vivier is a former landfill located on the area of Piton Guavas to Petite-Île has been a development in health course conducted by the Association of Home Country Wild South.
Endemic and indigenous plants were introduced as well as others such as vetiver, which marked the history of South High Sauvage.
The Cape of Petite-Île:
The common name must Petite-Île to the presence of this island located about fifty meters from the coast.
The only true satellite of the Meeting, the island was long owned by a certain Charles de Lavergne, who had installed a cable and a car no longer exist.
Posted in Natural Area of Ecological Interest flora and fauna (ZNIEFF) and difficult to access, this island is now for seabirds (White-tail Makoua, Fouquet ...) a sanctuary. The presence of guano on the rock walls indicates a strong colonization of the site. Two hypotheses may explain its formation. Is a first-order tectonic explanation: a step or lifting or marine erosion.
St. Margaret Mary Chapel: The Chapel of St. Margaret Mary's Chapel nickname "The Three Without Men." Three sisters married Adele, Lucile, Valentine had built this chapel in 1944. After the death of the last of three sisters in 1977, it was sold to their desire for the bishopric of the Meeting.
Chemin des Artisans:
United by a love of work well done and the art, and a willingness to share them, the craftsmen of Petite-Île have decided to open their doors. Inviting to walk and discover, this course can meet them. These passionate and invite you to discover their work by visiting their studios and these places are born with these unique pieces fashioned talent and love. When you visit these workshops, you can trade directly with the artisans and soak up the most of their work based on ideas, materials and know-how.
Discover: Articles of Bamboo, enamelled objects in basaltic rocks, jewelry, coconut fiber, painting on porcelain, wrought iron ...