6 Best Sights of Guadeloupe, France (with Map & Photos)

1. Guadeloupe National Park

A UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve and the main natural attraction of Guadeloupe - Guadeloupe National Park, it attracts more than a million tourists a year, which is a huge figure for a small island. The park includes 300 km of hiking trails, a volcano with a height of 1467 meters, as well as magnificent flora and fauna in its beauty, including 100 species of orchids and 11 species of bats. 

Among the fauna of the park, it is worth paying attention to the black woodpecker and thresher, and among the flora to mahogany, giant fern and bamboo. 

Official website: guadeloupe-parcnational.fr

Guadeloupe National Park
Guadeloupe National Park, Guadeloupe Landmarks

2. La Soufrière

La Soufrière is one of nine active volcanoes in the Lesser Antilles. La Soufrière is an active volcano that has erupted eight times since 1660, when it was watched. There are many hot springs and mud pools around the volcano. Tourists during the excursion can climb the volcano along the Hemin de Dam trail, the climb takes about two hours, but climbing to the top of the volcano you will get an unforgettable view of the stunning tropical landscape of Guadeloupe. The landscape of the summit of the La Soufrière volcano is rocky and chaotic, almost lunar, bristling with peaks. It is often covered in fog. Several trails cross the volcanic peak.

Official website: guadeloupe-parcnational.fr

La Soufrière Stratovolcano
La Soufrière Stratovolcano, Guadeloupe Landmarks

3. Terre-de-Haut Island

Terre-de-Haut, eastern island of the Le Senta archipelago. Yachts and cruise ships are common on the island's harbor, and it oozes more European character than its western sibling. The terrain and climate on this island is of little use for sugarcane cultivation, which has affected the culture and history of Terre-de-Haut, the locals are mainly engaged in fishing and tourist services. The pastel colored houses and brightly colored fishing boats provide great opportunities for atmospheric photography.

The main settlement of the island is the small town of Bourg de Senta, next to a volcanic hill overlooking a curving blue bay bordered by white sand. The houses here have a distinct European character, with white walls, red tiled roofs and flower gardens. Located on a hill overlooking the 17th century bay, Fort Napoleon with its History Museum and Exotic Garden is one of Guadeloupe's main tourist attractions.

Terre-de-Haut Island
Terre-de-Haut Island Tours to Guadeloupe

4. Basse-Terre

Lying in the shadow of the Soufriere volcano, Basse-Terre is the administrative capital of Guadeloupe and one of the oldest French settlements in the Caribbean. The city ​​is a combination of French colonial architecture and modern government buildings. Attractions in Basse-Terre include the 17th century Fort St. Charles (also called Fort Louis Delgres), the town square, its adjacent Jardin Pichon Park and the Cathedral of St. Peter and Paul. For history lovers, it is worth visiting the Archaeological Gardens with a guided tour, where you can see the ancient petroglyphs, and for those who love nature, we recommend taking an excursion to the Zoological and Botanical Gardens.

Basse-Terre, Guadeloupe Landmarks

5. Sainte-Anne

In Sainte-Anne, travelers will find 17th century settlements and one of the most beautiful beaches in Guadeloupe. Sainte-Anne was the capital of Grande Terra until 1759, and today the ruins of the sugar factories surrounding the city are a testament to its former status as an important sugar exporter. The seaside promenade invites tourists to stroll under the palm trees, next to the promenade is one of the best beaches on the island, with white sand and shallow water in dreamy shades of blue and turquoise. 

Sainte-Anne, Guadeloupe Landmarks

6. La Désirade

In French, La Désirade means "Seeking", which certainly lives up to its name. The island is a 45-minute boat ride from Saint-François, this Caribbean island is surrounded by beautiful beaches with palm trees and protected from the ocean waves by long coral reefs. Thanks to the coral reefs on the island, scuba diving is popular, among the magical in its beauty flora and fauna of the warm Caribbean Sea.

La Désirade, Guadeloupe Tours
La Désirade, Guadeloupe Tours

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