Sweet France : Guadeloupe

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Guadeloupe is a group of islands located in the southern Caribbean Sea. The capital is called Basse-Terre. Guadeloupe is divided as follows:

  • La Grande-Terre
  • La Basse-Terre
  • The Saints
  • Marie-Galante
  • La Petite-Terre
  • La Désirade

Grande-Terre

The first place to visit is undoubtedly the aquarium of Guadeloupe which lists more than 80 species of fish and 50 species of corals.

One of the most beautiful beaches of the island is undoubtedly the beach of the Datcha which faces the islet of Gosier from where you will have a superb view.

Total change of scenery at the tip of the castles where sand gives way to rock. If you could have an air of the West Indies in Brittany with its islands, here you can find similarities and believe you, for a moment you will be back in the Breton country…

To the north of Grande-Terre, another landscape emerges with its majestic cliffs. They can reach a height of 80 metres, as at the Pointe de la Grande-Vigie.

It is in Beauport that you will be able to visit the sugar cane museum, part of which is done by little train.

Basse-Terre

To the north, you will find the Deshaies botanical garden which extends over 7 hectares. You will be able to discover a few species of rare plants.

To understand how rum is made, you have to go to the Domaine de Séverin.

On the way back to the coast you can go to Notre Dame des Larmes, admire the Acomat waterfall, visit the Cocoa House or go for a walk in the Aquaculture Park.

Before heading inland, you can visit the Guadeloupe National Park, formerly known as the Cousteau Reserve, which is a protected marine area.

It is by following the D23 that you will be able to make a stop at the Zoo of Guadeloupe in the Parc des Mamelles before joining the saut de la Lézarde to finally stop at the garden of Valombreuse.

Before going to visit the coffee house, make a small detour to the paradise pool.

Take advantage of your visit to Basse-Terre to do some shopping on the market.

To finish this part, before taking the boat to Île des Saintes, you could go to the Parc archéologique des roches gravées not far from Trois-Rivières.

The Saints

You can find 3 islands there:

  • Grande Anse
  • Terre-de-Haut
  • Grand-Îlet

The Sugar Loaf is a volcanic hill that peaks at an altitude of 53 meters.

And of course you can’t leave Les Saintes without visiting Fort Napoleon.

Marie-Galante

Here you can visit distilleries or mills. The Gueule Grand Gouffre is also worth a visit.

We will leave Guadeloupe for Martinique next week.

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