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  • 1 Trace des Crêtes (Ridge Walk) Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - La Providence

    This ridge walk starts at the eastern end of Pompierre beach (approximately 1hr walk; water, hat and walking boots essential). The splendid view of the jagged coastline should not distract from exercising great care, especially if children come along..

  • 2 La Soufrière Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - Saint-Claude

    The symbol of Guadeloupe, La Soufrière is an active volcano at the south end of the island. The highest point in the Lesser Antilles (1 487m), it is the island's major tourist attraction. A surge in activity in 2005 (following serious quakes in 1976-..

  • 3 Climbing La Soufrière Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - Saint-Claude

    The most popular and best-marked path for ascending La Soufrière is the Chemin des Dames, starting from the old parking area at La Savane-à-Mulets. This pebbly path leads after 35min to the Faujas landslip (occurred in 1798), then to the Grande Faill..

  • 4 Deshaies Botanical Garden Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 97126 Deshaies

    Ferns, palms and cacti each have their own avenue in this polychrome floral extravaganza which also has bougainvillea plus other species, their lively colours embellishing the deep green of the tropical plants. All are watered by rivers, pools and wa..

  • 5 Les Saintes Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - Terre-de-Haut

    Splendid beaches, unspoilt nature and of course some of Guadeloupe's most remarkable underwater scenery... Practically speaking, these are two islands (19km2) an hour's boat trip from Pointe-à-Pitre: Terre-de-Haut is the busier of the two (perhaps to..

  • 6 Terre-de-Haut Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 97137 Le bourg de Terre-de-Haut

    Part of the Les Saintes archipelago, Terre-de-Haut is a tourist hotspot and with good reason. The island has fine beaches all around its coast (note that bathing is forbidden at Grande-Anse); stunning dive sites, especially around Pain du Sucre; a to..

  • 7 Fort Napoléon Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    F - 97137 Le bourg de Terre-de-Haut

    Built in the mid-19C for defensive purposes, the fort wound up as a jail for political prisoners in the Second World War. It dominates the north of the town, and draws tourists who come to stroll in its botanical garden (with circuit walk), visit the..

  • 8 Le Chameau Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - La Savane

    To enjoy a truly exceptional panoramic view of the Les Saintes archipelago, walk up the tarmac path that heads steeply off the Pain-de-Sucre road and climbs Le Chameau, the highest point in Les Saintes (309m). The site is unfortunately marred by the ..

  • 9 Pointe des Châteaux Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - Kahouanne

    At the eastern end of Grande-Terre, Pointe des Châteaux juts into the Atlantic with La Désirade and the islands of Petite-Terre and Marie-Galante in the background, a beautiful panorama in which this imposing rocky outcrop seems to stand at the ends ..

  • 10 Carbet Waterfalls Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - St-Sauveur

    These spectacular waterfalls were described by Christopher Colombus in 1493 as "a major water source, drawing water from all sides of the mountain". Their beauty remains untouched against the stunning backdrop of wooded mountainside on the ..

  • 11 La Grivelière Plantation - Maison du Café Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    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..

  • 12 Cousteau Reserve Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - Malendure

    After donning masks and air tanks on Malendure beach, divers can head off to discover the delights of the Cousteau Reserve, notably around the small Pigeon islands. The sites are numerous: beginners will head for the Aquarium, Swimming Pool, Japanese..

  • 13 Parc des Mamelles Recommended Recommended

    Industrial tourism and theme park

    rte de la Traversée F - 97170 Bouillante

    The park provides an opportunity to learn more about the tropical forest's diversity of plant species, and to see the island's indigenous animal life in its natural environment. At the heart of the Guadeloupe natural park, visitors can also walk thro..

  • 14 Grande-Anse Beach Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - Deshaies

    A dreamlike beach bringing every cliché to mind: pale sand, turquoise sea, coconut trees... Not far from Deshaies, this is the pride of Guadeloupe. While strolling on this long beach (the longest in the archipelago), don't let children out of sight; ..

  • 15 Pain de Sucre Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - La Savane

    West of Terre-de-Haut stands Pain de Sucre, its basalt flanks plunging into the crystal waters of the Caribbean. This rounded mountain hides the pretty inlet of Petite Anse... the ideal spot for swimming, chilling out and snorkelling. Do not approach..

  • 16 Petite-Terre Islands Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - Pointe des Châteaux

    Petite-Terre comprises the two uninhabited islands of Terre-de-Haut and Terre-de-Bas, classified as a nature reserve under the protection of the French forestry commission. Visitors may be lucky enough to see dolphins here, on a trip that goes as far..

  • 17 Casa An Tan Lontan Interesting

    Museums and art

    Domaine de Latour Santeil F - 97115 STE ROSE

    A chance to get to know the real Guadeloupe and its traditions, under the aegis of a Guadeloupean who is passionate about his island and knows how to convey his enthusiasm. Meet Frantz Montella at Casa An Tan Lontan, see his carefully presented exhib..

  • 18 St-Antoine Market Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    r. Rue Schoelcher F - Pointe-à-Pitre

    Pointe-à-Pitre is renowned for its numerous markets, but it is the St-Antoine market (mornings, west of Rue Frébault) that eclipses all others. It is the quintessence of all the island markets, its stalls groaning with cinammon, ginger (but note that..

  • 19 Saint-John Perse Museum, Pointe-à-Pitre Interesting

    Museums and art

    9 r. de Nozières F - 97110 Pointe-à-Pitre

    The museum provides a picture of a 19C creole interior (populated by waxworks), and an insight into the life of diplomat and poet Alexis Léger (alias St-John Perse, 1887-1975). Born on the island, Guadeloupe inspired him to write his Éloges, before p..

  • 20 Gosier Island Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    F - Le Gosier

    A 5min boat trip (departure point: Datcha beach) takes you to the Îlet duGosier,alittle islandthat isthe perfect spot for divers. Here, beginners can admire the wildlife of the coral reef without too much difficulty, while for more experienceddivers ..

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