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La Griveliére (old colonial coffee plantation), Vallée de Grande Rivière, 97119 Vieux Habitants, Guadeloupe (Basse Terre)
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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 Duplessis. The village’s farming activity began with tobacco, cotton and indigo growing, prior to the introduction of coffee in 1720. Achiote was also widely cultivated (its red seeds were used as a colourant). The village and its beach are charming, as is the hinterland where little ridge paths offer splendid views.

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Tourist attractions Vieux-Habitant : Things to see and do

  • La Grivelière Plantation - Maison du Café Recommended Recommended

    Vallée de la Grande Rivière F - 97119 Vieux-Habitants

    Along with sugar cane and bananas, coffee was the core product of this 18C colonial society... which was built on slave labour. In a superb setting, La Grivelière is a quintessential coffee plantation complete with processing buildings, slaves' quart..

  • Church of St Joseph Interesting

    11 rue Victor Hugues F - 97119 Vieux-Habitants

    Built of volcanic rock in 1639, this is the oldest religious building in Guadeloupe. It was almost entirely reconstructed in 1720 after a fire. The most striking feature is its porch, the work of stonemasons from the Limousin, above which is the coat..

  • Vieux-Habitants Coffee Museum

    Le Bouchu F - 97119 Vieux-Habitants

    Café Chaulet is Guadeloupe's main coffee brand, and the driving force behind this museum, where visitors can follow the history of coffee on the island since its introduction in 1720. The process of grain selection and the different stages of process..

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