La Plaine-des-Palmistes

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La Plaine-des-Palmistes
The town hall in Plaine-des-Palmistes
The town hall in Plaine-des-Palmistes
Coordinates: 21°08′06″S 55°37′32″E / 21.1350°S 55.6256°E / -21.1350; 55.6256Coordinates: 21°08′06″S 55°37′32″E / 21.1350°S 55.6256°E / -21.1350; 55.6256
Country France
Overseas region and department Réunion
Arrondissement Saint-Benoît
Canton Saint-Benoît-1
Intercommunality Réunion Est
 • Mayor (2014-2020) Marc Boyer
Area1 83.19 km2 (32.12 sq mi)
Population (2012)2 5,574
 • Density 67/km2 (170/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 97406 /97431
Elevation 720–2,402 m (2,362–7,881 ft)
(avg. 1,008 m or 3,307 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.

La Plaine-des-Palmistes is a commune in the French overseas department of Réunion.


It lies in the eastern part of the island, on the RN3 road, south west of Saint-Benoît and northeast of the Col de Bellevue. It is known for its nearby forest and for the Biberon Falls. It lies close to the slopes of the Piton des Songes.

The communal territory is entirely located in the tops of the island. It borders Saint-Benoît, Sainte-Rose and Le Tampon.


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