A verdant municipality in the Wild South, Saint-Joseph has kept a rich agricultural legacy from its past. Its history, which is intertwined with spice cultivation, was shaped by the introduction of nutmeg and clove by the botanist Joseph Hubert in the 18th century.
A centre for the local saffron-growing business, the village of La Plaine des Grègues, in the heights of Saint-Joseph at 600 metres in altitude, invites you to explore its charming landscapes and its famous Turmeric House. A visit to this attraction is a must for anyone wishing to find out more about this spice, which plays an important role in Réunion cuisine, as well as about turmeric processing. If you are in the Wild South in November, don't miss Safran en Fête, a colourful, flavourful saffron festival that takes place every year at La Plaine des Grègues!
With the Remparts and Langevin rivers running through it, Europe's southernmost municipality also invites you to discover its natural treasures. The magnificent Grand Galet waterfall, as well as the many pools full of refreshing water dotted along the River Langevin, are sure to delight you. Popular with swimmers and canyoning fans, this unspoilt destination is also much loved by Réunion families for a waterside picnic.
Lovers of scenic views should head to the Serré belvedere in the hills around the town, where an awesome panorama including the verdant valley of the River Langevin and the village of Grand Galet awaits you!
By the sea you will find the little resort of Manapany-les-Bains, a charming holiday spot where you can not only take a stroll by the Indian Ocean but also unwind and take a dip in its beautiful maritime swimming pool made of basalt riprap. To the east of the town of Saint-Joseph is Langevin marina, located at the mouth of the eponymous river, which you can explore. Due to its geographical location, this wharf is known for being difficult and dangerous to draw alongside. If you are passing by in the early afternoon, you might be lucky enough to see the spectacular return of the fishermen to Saint-Joseph…