Salazie town hall
|Coordinates: 21°01′40″S 55°32′21″E / 21.0278°S 55.5392°ECoordinates: 21°01′40″S 55°32′21″E / 21.0278°S 55.5392°E|
|Overseas region and department||Réunion|
|• Mayor (2014-2020)||Stéphane Fouassin|
|Area1||103.82 km2 (40.09 sq mi)|
|• Density||71/km2 (180/sq mi)|
|INSEE/Postal code||97421 / 97433|
230–3,071 m (755–10,075 ft) |
(avg. 446 m or 1,463 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.
The first settlement of the area took place in 1829 after a cyclone had devastated the nearby coast, and the municipality of Salazie was formed in 1889. The name of the commune is potentially derived from the Malagasy word salazy, meaning 'good encampment'.
Salazie lies in the middle of island, north-east of Piton des Neiges (the highest point on the island), in the Cirque de Salazie (actually a volcanic caldera). The commune is totally landlocked, and borders the communes of Bras-Panon, Cilaos, La Possession, Saint-André, Saint-Benoît, Saint-Denis, Sainte-Marie and Sainte-Suzanne.
- Hell-Bourg, a village, part of the commune of Salazie
- Trou de Fer
- Communes of the Réunion department
- Bridal Veil Falls
- Church of Salazie
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