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Insee code97412
Altitude17 meters
Population36869 inhabitants
Chief townSaint-Denis (at 97 km, 82 min)


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The most common Southern France, Saint-Joseph lies in the southernmost island of Réunion. Basin of South Indian life, it recognizes 67% of the population of South Indian. The 34,000 inhabitants of this city are living on 17,850 hectares of the commune. Due to the rural character of the city, Saint-Joseph has preserved a traditional lifestyle and a sense of warm welcome.

The destination of Saint-Joseph invites you to discover the wild south of the Meeting. The part of the island remained the most natural state. Take time to stop there, admire, listen and appreciate the destination and Perfume Spray.

The common Saint-Joseph is fortunate to host its site on the label Creole villages offering visitors an authentic discovery of the meeting, punctuated by the mixed culture, wealth, shared and preserved nature. You will receive a warm welcome feature of these villages, where you will have the chance to meet and share with the people. You will be welcomed in housing quality, typical of the highlands, while enjoying the traditional cuisine fashioned by the Creole soul. All this is in the interests of responsible tourism. Thus two destinations "Creole villages" are proposed to Saint-Joseph Grand Bend and the Plain of Breeches.


  • Great Bend, natural setting:
  • Perched at 1000 meters, this charming village offers a landscape of pasture in which magnificent plane trees and acacia trees lining the roads. You will be able to find your way to the feet of geraniums but especially tea plants growing in the wild, that indicates the former activity in the region. In this rural setting you will find the tranquility of an outlet in the country.
  • You have the opportunity to discover the heritage of this town including The House of Laurina that links between the past of slavery of the Meeting, the legacy of the Bourbon Sharp and a heritage that now finds its pedigree . Guests can enjoy a good tea in tea field maze, but also discover all the know-how related to this plant the tree to the cup in an atmosphere of fun for all ages.
  • Finally, go for a crazy treasure hunt across "nature", lulled by the scent of geraniums and coffee, to the discovery of objects in an authentic lontan.
  • Then, the strip of land between two arms of the river offers visitors its viewpoints, lulled by the sweet life of this natural setting.
  • Plain of breeches, a land of spices:
  • Located on a plateau wedged between Ravine and breeches of the Ramparts River, the village is home to the Plain of breeches yellow gold on the island: turmeric, which punctuates the life culture of the town. In this hamlet of Hauts de Saint-Joseph you will discover the authenticity of the village by its landscape, its traditions, its cuisine and its people.
  • Between scents, colors and flavors, the House of Turmeric, with its grotto Perfumes and Spices puts your senses around a preserved and authentic knowledge.
  • Experience the time of harvest and the planting of sugar cane, with a Southern plantation and see the famous Wild Bourbon coffee Pointed Reunion with a visit to a farm in Sugar Cane and Coffee Far Far from Bézaves.
  • Natural sites to visit are grandiose: the loop of Turmeric, is a pleasant stop, and the forest where the Round Gabrielle source reveals its strengths at the foot of the ramparts.
  • Other sites are also remarkable namely Manapany is an exotic resort. A pool composed of marine basaltic rock, you can take a bath in the vast Indian Ocean. The coastal area provides a magnificent spectacle, that of the incessant beating of the waves against the steep hills of the wild south. Bay Manapany turn is conducive to surfing with a famous spot.
  • The particular vegetation has a unique endemic species at the meeting: the lizard green Manapany.
  • On the same site Manapany, you will take a small path that takes you to the lime kiln Manapany, located on a rocky spur. You will be able to discover an old lime kiln, testimony of a former industrial activity on this coast. Not far from the lime kiln you will see the ruins of the pier that was in the late 19th and early 20th century a strategic jetty in the south.
  • In the sea, not far from the church, you will see the Piton Babet. This place is steeped in history. Saint-Joseph iconic character, Raphael Babet, who modernized the city greatly in the 1950s, is buried on the peak, standing, facing the sea Near the peak Babet, you'll see the Cave of Swallows and the remains of an ancient sugar factory whose chimney still present, is a listed building.
  • In a natural green, rest on the banks of the river Langevin. With fishing and picnic, water is everywhere and its benefits are widely utilized. From the beautiful waterfall Grand Galet and to its mouth, the river Langevin does not lack charm. Its green banks, adorned with shady "feet" of litchi, avocado or banana are an invitation to swim. You can also discover Roche Plate, with a hike, this valley in the Hauts de Saint-Joseph, where the imprint of man has made in communion with nature, provides a refreshing change of scenery. Dive into the past while contemplating the traditional houses made of shingles, and soak up a traditional lifestyle.
  • Joseph Hubert Biological Park which includes a variety of medicinal plants, exotic and indigenous flora will deploy Reunion enthusiasts.
  • Many leisure activities are on offer to enjoy here including paragliding, hiking with several different routes, hiking, 4x4, and of course many guided tours.
  • Nearby Excursions:
  • The Loop Turmeric is a ride where you will find endemic species but also a vast field of saffron, the main crop of the Plain of breeches, all punctuated with views of the Ramparts River and the surrounding villages.
  • The Funnel Piton, meanwhile, presents a panoramic view of Saint-Joseph and deviations from 180 °. To access this wonderful view, you will take a trail shaded and flowered plants has several flavors and spices. This beautifully grassed site is ideal for picnickers. An orientation table carved in basalt will give you more information referring to the whole panorama before you.
  • Cape Town Yellow is very accessible for a walk on the coast of a place called "Vincendo" where you can enjoy the yellow rock of course, unusual character of the place.
  • For more information, contact the Tourist Office for South Wild Saint-Joseph: Tel. : +33 2 62 37 37 11 - Fax: +33 2 62 37 37 15 - Email: pat.sudsauvage @
Detailed information
Information pointsTourist Office of Saint-Joseph
Leisure centresBeach of Manapany,   Beach of Saint-Joseph,   Cavern of the Hirondelles
MonumentsCheminée Langevin,   Cheminée Le Piton


  • In October, the Manapany Bay Surf Festival is a festival of music and slides, where you can enjoy the surfers tame the waves during a surf competition while listening to music from different backgrounds.
  • The feast of saffron, which is held in November each year, known as it should turmeric, spice main land of the Plain of breeches.
  • The Nights of Piton to December 20 which provides a platform for artistic three nights of festivities.


Leisure activities
NameType of activityPriceTown
Canyoning and climbing with an approved instructorSports sensationsFrom 55 € to 70 €Saint-Pierre (16.1 km)
Relaxing at a well-being & beauty centreWellbeingFrom 35 € to 80 €Saint-Pierre (19.3 km)
Cave trek in the lava cavesNature and the outdoorsFrom 50 € to 330 €Sainte-Rose (26 km)
Nature hike in RéunionNature and the outdoorsFrom 55 € to 985 €L'Étang-Salé (30 km)

All leisure activities around Saint-Joseph


View of the Piton de Saint-Joseph FunnelView of the Piton de Saint-Joseph Funnel
Walking: Buckle of Curcuma (Plain of breeches)Walking: Buckle of Curcuma (Plain of breeches)
Village of the Plain of breechesVillage of the Plain of breeches
Aerial view of the village of Grand BendAerial view of the village of Grand Bend
Field Geranium in Grand BendField Geranium in Grand Bend
Distillation geraniumDistillation geranium
View the village of Grand GaletView the village of Grand Galet
View Remparts RiverView Remparts River
Hiking Nose Plate-Roche de Boeuf (Rivière des Remparts)Hiking Nose Plate-Roche de Boeuf (Rivière des Remparts)
Category ATV Flat RockCategory ATV Flat Rock
Flat Rock VillageFlat Rock Village
Walking (Rivière des Remparts)Walking (Rivière des Remparts)
Cooking over a wood fireCooking over a wood fire
Seasonal FruitsSeasonal Fruits
Roasted CoffeeRoasted Coffee
Drying and processing of turmeric breeches of La PlaineDrying and processing of turmeric breeches of La Plaine
La Maison du Curcuma (Plain of breeches)La Maison du Curcuma (Plain of breeches)
Cascade Grand Galet (Langevin)Cascade Grand Galet (Langevin)
The gecko lizard green ManapanyThe gecko lizard green Manapany
Bay Manapany them BainsBay Manapany them Bains
Pier LangevinPier Langevin
View of the Dardanelles Carriage RoadView of the Dardanelles Carriage Road
Drying turmeric SongsDrying turmeric Songs
Church of Sainte-Geneviève CreepersChurch of Sainte-Geneviève Creepers
Ilet Dimitile Rivière des RempartsIlet Dimitile Rivière des Remparts
Piton de Eleven Hours - Roche Plate Remparts RiverPiton de Eleven Hours - Roche Plate Remparts River
rhizome of turmeric peeledrhizome of turmeric peeled
Fleur de Vetiver BésavesFleur de Vetiver Bésaves
Coffee Bourbon PointuCoffee Bourbon Pointu



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