Salazie town hall

Coat of arms
Coordinates: 21°01′40″S 55°32′21″E / 21.0278°S 55.5392°E / -21.0278; 55.5392Coordinates: 21°01′40″S 55°32′21″E / 21.0278°S 55.5392°E / -21.0278; 55.5392
Country France
Overseas region and department Réunion
Arrondissement Saint-Benoît
Canton Salazie
Intercommunality Réunion Est
  Mayor (2014-2020) Stéphane Fouassin
Area1 103.82 km2 (40.09 sq mi)
Population (2012)2 7,320
  Density 71/km2 (180/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 97421 / 97433
Elevation 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.
Waterfall of the Trou de fer

Salazie is a volcanic caldera and commune (administrative division) in the department and region of Réunion.

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'.[1]


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.

See also


  1. Presentation of Salazie (from the Flags of the world website, with references)
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