Turquoise sea water, gorgeous sand beaches, warm welcoming and a luxuriant countryside... Guadeloupe has it all!
The islands of Guadeloupe are a diverse mix of cultures. The carnival, from January all the way to Shrovetide, beats to the rhythm of the “Po” groups, snare drums and trombophones which provide the musical accompaniment to these festivities. Cultural events to celebrate the diversity of the islands are interspersed throughout the year. Go to Petit-Canal to commemorate the abolition of slavery, Diwali (the Indian festival of lights) in October or why not enjoy “Chanté Nwel”, Christmas carols, from 1 to 23 December.
The market stalls in the archipelago are nothing short of opulent. Feast your eyes as well as your taste buds on vegetables, fruit, ready-made dishes, spices and fresh juices in all the colours of the rainbow. The gastronomy of the islands of Guadeloupe reflects the diversity of its population. Imbued with African and Indian influences, the mix of flavours in the local cuisine can be enjoyed in little “lolo” shacks as well as in establishments accredited by restaurant guides such as Gault et Millaut. Intersperse your meals with a cacao or coffee tasting to sample the most important local products.
Guadeloupe’s islands will captivate you with the diversity of coastlines they offer. The cliffs in the north of Grande-Terre will not fail to impress those who long to travel to the ends of the earth. The idyllic white sand beaches are those you will see on the postcards, but Bananier, Malendure, Grande-Anse de Trois-Rivières and the beach at Rivière-Sens add an element of surprise with their incredibly fine black sand. To complete the colour palette of beaches, you must visit Deshaies with its pink sand that creates a dreamlike atmosphere at sunset.
Lagoons, lakes, mangroves and oceans make for a diverse range of water sports that can be enjoyed in the islands of Guadeloupe. Glass-bottom kayaks offer a fun way to discover the aquatic landscapes rich with coral, turtles and fish. Delight yourself with a dive in the Réserve Cousteau, or enjoy the ideal sailing conditions offered by the trade winds. There are also plenty of motorised water sports on offer too.
Local rum in Guadeloupe
There are distilleries on 3 of the archipelago’s islands. They love welcoming tourists and regaling them with their secrets on how to transform sugar cane into the tipple we all know and love. The local rums in Guadeloupe run the whole gamut from white to aged and amber to fruity or, for the true connoisseurs, Brut de Colonne. Rum is used in Ti' Punch and Planter’s punch, which showcase the character of the sugar cane that grows on different types of land.
Explore tropical forests, hike along the coast or discover the undulating hills and valleys of Grands-Fonds. This is ideal hikers’ territory with paths signposted by Guadeloupe National Park, The Coastal Conservancy and the National Forests Office. Whether you’re a seasoned hiker or simply curious, you are bound to find something to satisfy your wanderlust. Any path you take showcases one of the facets of the archipelago and offers walkers the opportunity to delve deep into the islands’ lush nature.
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