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What a string of dreamy names! Karukera, the butterfly-shaped "island of lovely water", unfolds its wings between the Tropic of Cancer and the Equator. Separated by a sound called Rivière salée (Salty River), Grande Terre and Basse Terre look out over their little islands with evocative names like Désirade and Marie-Galante.

These places have grown famous due to their long coral-sand beaches, giving access to a fabulous underwater world. Time passes in delightful slow motion here, they say. After enjoying this appetising postcard image, you can move on to something a bit more spicy !

Creole culture, an inimitable blend of Amerindian, African, Indian and European influences, is as spicy as bébélé (a dish made with tripe and green bananas) and should be experienced with music. Although not as frequently exported as biguine and zouk, the African Gwo Ka drums are a symbol of Guadeloupean identity.

As fiery as its still-active volcano, this island with innumerable hiking trails offers you magical tropical forests and cascades such as Carbet Falls, which once dazzled another voyager destined for fame called Christopher Columbus.

Guadeloupe is like a land of plenty, as rich as its gastronomy, as colourful as its landscapes and as varied as its multiple identities. Guadeloupe is also a linguistic breath of fresh air, a way of playing with the French language through such popular Guadeloupean expressions as pa ni pwoblem (no worries)!

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Guadeloupe : Must-see towns and regions

  • Pointe-à-Pitre

    Located on Grande-Terre, Guadeloupe’s economic capital is a good place to end a trip; visitors can stock up on colourful goods to be found in the town’s various markets. Although it has a pleasant his...

  • Deshaie

    With its old creole houses lining the two main streets, Deshaies is one of Guadeloupe’s most charming villages. Razed by the British in 1804, the settlement retains vestiges of an artillery emplacemen...

  • Capesterre-de Marie-Galante

    Once an important Amerindian settlement, Capesterre is a pleasant village; its church and town hall were rebuilt in the Art Deco style after the 1928 hurricane. To the south lies the agreeable La Feui...

  • Sainte-Rose

    Founded in 1636 as Grand Cul-de-Sac, Ste-Rose is one of Guadeloupe’s oldest settlements. It has long been engaged in sugar-cane cultivation, an ever-dwindling sector. Its commercial centre merits a fl...

  • Le Moule

    Having basked in the golden age of the sugar industry and survived two big hurricanes, Le Moule is today a pleasant town with a picturesque centre, where creole architecture contrasts with the pale fa...

  • Vieux-Habitant

    Vieux-Habitants was one of the first settlements established by European colonists (1637). The site had long been a centre of Amerindian civilisation, as evident from rock carvings along the River Dup...

  • Saint-Claude

    Saint-Claude lives in the shadow of La Soufrière which rises to its northeast. In 1976, the town was gravely endangered by the caprices of “the old lady”, and the population was evacuated. The village...

  • Basse-Terre

    While Pointe-à-Pitre is Guadeloupe’s economic capital, Basse-Terre remains its historic (and indeed sentimental) capital. Endowed with a tranquil charm, the stones of its old houses languishing in the...

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