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Part of the French West Indies, Guadeloupe has it all: rain forests, waterfalls, sandy beaches and picturesque villages. The country consists of two islands to form the shape of a butterfly, connected by a narrow channel. L ‘”wing” left is Grand-Terre and the “wing” is Basse-Terre right. Offshore, in the small surrounding islands, you can meet people that have changed little over the centuries. A Terre-de-Haut, part of the Iles de Saintes, you’ll find pristine beaches, where families are living descendants of Breton sailors. Marie-Galante, south-east, has spectacular beaches and produces one of the finest Caribbean rum – the ruins of sugar mills are the picturesque ruins of the colonial past of the island, a large producer of sugar. To the north-east do not miss the day trip to La Désirade, known for its beaches and unspoiled landscapes.

The sophisticated Grand-Terre boasts white sand beaches and rolling hills. The island’s largest city, Pointe-à-Pitre, is a town frequented mainly European-style shopping, offering goods with “Made in France” – and with an estimated savings of between 20 and 30 percent. Here the museums are present in large quantities. The Saint-John Perse and Schoelcher Museum are housed in old colonial mansions. The archaeological museum Edgarc Clerc shows visitors the history of the Amerindian ancestors of Guadalupe. Culture buffs should visit the zoo, the orchid garden or plantations of coffee and cacao.

Basse-Terre is an attraction for nature lovers. An impressive volcano, La Soufrière, which lies dormant in the center of the island, is the highest point in the Eastern Caribbean with its 1,467 meters. You can drive around or go hiking through the nearby rainforests in the nearly 30,000-acre Parc National De Guadalupe, or spend a day at Grand Anse, one of the best beaches on the island, known for its particularly soft sand. The nature in these places inspires fear revenziale. In the sky you can see numerous birds, including zuccherieri, egrets, woodpeckers blacks, moorhens, brown boobies.

The French imports make sensational cuisine of Guadalupe: the country boasts more than 200 restaurants, some of which are located in the verandas of the local houses. Lunch, or “déjeuner”, is the main meal of the day. Start with a taste of rum, then try the Creole creations such as stuffed crab, conch stew and curry dishes. During the meal are commonly served French wines.

Do not miss the daily trips to the three islands off the coast of Guadeloupe. The natives of the place will welcome you in their little fishing villages.

AIRPORTS / FLYING TIMES: Airport: Guadeloupe Pole Caraibes located near Pointe-a-Pitre. Flying: Miami-3 hours. New York-4 hours 30 minutes. Montreal-5 hours.

There are direct flights from the UK, but British Airways and Virgin Atlantic flights to Antigua and Barbados where LIAT connecting flights. Direct Flights from Paris with Air France, Air Caraibes and Corair. The airport, Pole Caraibe International Airport (PTP), is close to Point a Pitre.

Climate: Temperatures range from 22.2 to 27.2 degrees C on the coast and 19 to 27.2 degrees C. inland.

FOOD: Local. Creole. French. The service is generally reckoned, otherwise tipping is at your discretion.

LANGUAGE: French and Creole; The official language is French, but English is widely spoken.

NIGHTLIFE: Casinos. Nightclubs. Nightclub. Dinner dances.

– Pointe-a-Pitre, the commercial center, and Basse-Terre, the capital.
– National Park, rainforest and volcano of La Soufriere.
– Pre-Columbian archaeological park.
– Hindu Temple of Changy.
– Fort Delgrès.
– Fort Fleur d’Epee.
– Pointe des Chateaux and Pointe de la Grande Vigie.
– Falls of Carbet.

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