Discover Guadeloupe

Tourist sites

Guadeloupe beaches

Guadeloupe offers an astonishing variety of landscapes: white powdery sands, gold sands of the Sous-le-Vent Coast, black volcanic sands of Basse-Terre’s extremity, rocky creeks, pebbles, beaches living at the pace of the fishing villages, natural pools enclosed by coral reefs, rolls of waves lapping the Atlantic coast, coconut trees... everything you need for a dream-like stay!

Green tourism

Featuring a national park with 300 km of marked hiking trails running across tropical forests, Guadeloupe is a perfect green tourism destination. Make the most of what this amazing region has to offer: nature walks in the mangrove or through the cliffs of the Atlantic coastline, refreshing dives in the basins of waterfalls, ascents to the crater of La Souffrière Volcano…

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Due to its rich history, the region is full of must-see tourist spots, such as St John Perse and Schoelcher museums, housed in majestic, colonial-style buildings in Pointe-à-Pitre. To feel and touch local folklore traditions, come to see the Carnival, taking place at the beginning of the year, and let yourself enjoy this fiesta of colours. Local rum distilleries, coffee and cocoa plantations and floral gardens are not to be missed, as well.

Gastronomy

Creole cuisine

Having both a wealth of seafood and creative cooking spirit, locals could only invent an exceptional cuisine.
Both in Guadeloupe and Martinique, our hotels’ guests are invited to discover traditional West-Indian cuisine. Try some mouth-watering cod and vegetable fritters, sample Colombo, served as dipping sauce for different kinds of meat, or quench your thirst with a delicious Ti-Punch. A true melting pot of influences, Creole cuisine blends French, Indian and African culinary traditions. Rich and sophisticated, it will delight your palate just like the surrounding landscapes will delight your eyes…

Fauna and flora

Terrestrial fauna

Guadeloupe is home to lots of rare and exotic bird species such as hummingbirds, bananaquits, cattle egrets, black woodpeckers, living in the tropical forest, pelicans, living by the sea, frigate birds and brown boobies. You may also encounter butterflies, crabs, lizards, iguanas and frogs, starting their concert at nightfall.

Aquatic fauna

West-Indian aquatic fauna is among the world’s most amazing ones, especially in Guadeloupe, within the protected area of Pigeon Islets. Just put on your diving mask and snorkel and take a dive to explore gorgeous coral reefs with a myriad of multi-coloured fishes swimming around.

Guadeloupe flora

Offering countless landscapes of a breath-taking beauty, Guadeloupe features a flora that is as varied as it is astonishing. Most of local plants and fruit trees have been imported during centuries: papaya and coconut tree from India, litchi from China, guava and avocado from Brazil, mango from Réunion, breadfruit tree, filao tree and flamboyant tree from Madagascar.

Activities

Water sports

Diving is the most popular local activity, giving both diving lovers and novices an opportunity to discover the fauna and flora inhabiting tropical reefs. Should you make your first dive, take a training course or try some adventure diving, you are sure to enjoy your experience. Alternatively, you can explore the underwater world on board of a glass-bottomed boat or a submarine. These mini-cruises are guaranteed to leave you unforgettable memories.

Big game fishing

Recommended to high-sea adventure lovers, greedy for emotions. You may also want to discover the islets and natural mangrove reserve.

Excursions and boat rental

Within easy reach from all of our hotels and residences, adrenaline junkies will find a water sports centre offering facilities for jet skiing, water skiing, parasailing and other extreme sports. For guests wishing to explore the region hikes are organised. For keen golfers, an 18-hole international golf course, Golf des trois îlets, offers challenges for all levels of play.

Histoire

Discovered by Christopher Columbus, landed on the Guadeloupe’s coast on November 4, 1493, the island was inhabited by the Caribbean Indians, who were quickly decimated by the first Spanish settlers, epidemics and alcohol.
On June 28, 1635, first French settlers arrived in Guadeloupe, which passed under control of the Company of the Isles of America, then was occupied by the Company of West Indies in 1666. In 1674 it went back into possession of the French crown.
In 1644 began the culture of sugar cane, ensuring the prosperity of the island. In 1775 Guadeloupe gets its independence from Martinique and launches massive export of cocoa.
On February 4, 1794, the abolition of slavery is proclaimed after a slave revolt leading to the execution of many royalists. Slavery was restored in 1802 by Napoleon.
It was not until April 1848 that, thanks not least to Victor Schoelcher’s, Lamartine’s and Barbès’ claims for the emancipation of slaves, slavery was definitely abolished by a decree. 87000 black Guadeloupians become French citizens and abandon, for the most part, the very hard field labor; sugar production falls from 33000 to 12000 tons.
In 1912, the population stood at 212000 people. During the First World War, 30000 West Indians fought in the ranks of the Allies with 20000 of them killed, wounded or taken prisoner.

In 1928, the island experienced the worst cyclone of the century.

On March 19, 1946, the island becomes a French overseas department, despite strong separatist claims, which will progressively falter during 1980’s, as decentralization is growing in strength. It was during that period that hotel industry developed in Guadeloupe.