Loading
 
Premium Listing @ 9.95 per month | Know More
     
 
 
 
 

 

Gouadeloupe
 

Originally this Island of beautiful waters was called Karukera but Christopher Columbus renamed it in 1493 for Santa Maria de Guadalupe de Estremadura, just before he was driven from the island.
Guadalupe comprises of two large islands, Basse Terre and Grande Terre, and several smaller ones, of which St Martin is shared with the Dutch kingdom. In 1763 the isles came under French rule and they still occupy the island, now mainly as tourists. Pack a French dictionary if you plan a trip here for its a part of France (like Hawai for the Usa). The people and culture is a harmonious blend of European, African and East Indian origin.

Guadeloupe is well known for its spectacular beaches, most of which are well sheltered and wonderful for swimming and seaside fun. The natural beaches range from the surf-brushed dark sands of western Basse-Terre to the long shiny white stretches encircling Grande-Terre. The two islands, separated by the narrow bridged strait of the Rivire Sale, are often seen as the wings of a butterfly, resting on the Caribbean. Theyre actually a poor lesson in French for Grand Terre to the east is the smaller of the two, while Basse Terre has the great La Soufrire volcano.



Basse-terre on Basse-Terre is the administrative capital of Guadeloupe and the department. There are some very pretty and authentic old buildings of the colonial period in the city. There is an 17th-century cathedral and the ruins of Fort Louis Delgrs. Here youll also find Saint-Claude, a wealthy suburb and summer resort, surrounded by coffee trees and the most beautiful tropical gardens. Matouba, north of Saint-Claude, is an East Indian village known for its waterfalls and springs. There are hot springs and a bottling plant for the local mineral water, a bottle of which makes an excellent souvenir.

Pointe-a-pitre on Grande-Terre is the commercial centre of Guadeloupe near both the airport and shipping port. It is a quite compact and functional city. Its early colonial buildings were largely destroyed by an earthquake in 1843 and have been replaced with all kinds of new buildings. Also, the Hurricane Hugo did a lot of damage, especially to the trees in the city. This makes the city less coherent ensemble as Basse-Terre is, but its all the livelier. The central Place de la Victoire was once the site of the guillotine. Its the oldest part of town, which is reasonably intact, and it contains the oldest buildings.


Premium Deals
Sri-lanka @ Buddhist Tour of Sri Lanka
Buddhism is more of a philosophy than just a religion. No one is bounded by anything they are just free to choose the right path out of the. As Buddhism is the ..

Zambia @ 5 Day Chobe & Victoria Falls Safari
Visits the Victoria Falls, one of the seven natural wonders of the world, and the Chobe National Park, one of Africa’s greatest National Parks and wilderness ..

Malaysia @ PADI Discover Scuba Diving with Award Winning Dive Centre
The PADI Discover Scuba Diving program is perfect for you if you've never dived before but always wanted to know what it feels like to blow bubbles underwater, ..

Myanmar @ Bagan to Pakokku
Walk around town enjoying the sites and sounds of this unique rural centre. Explore enchanting Pakokku market, visit local cottage industries such as slipper ma..

Italy @ Lunching with Art
Art and Cuisine in Florence : Discovering Florence, guided by an art historian born and bred in the heart of the city, who will accompany you along surprising ..

Bhutan @ Dancing With Cranes
Black necked Crane is the rare spices found in Bhutan. They migrate from great Tibetan plateau to Bhutan in early September and fly Back on mid of April. Usuall..

Zimbabwe @ 6 Day Zambezi Adventure
Exploring the Zambezi River upstream from the Victoria falls. Arriving at the Victoria Falls Airport, Zimbabwe, you will be transferred to a secluded private co..

Georgia @ Health Treatment in Borjomi
The tour offers opportunity to discover Georgian capital Tbilisi, to rest above the Black sea and to take advantage from the treatment in Borjomi – world know..

Morocco @ Quick Desert Tour From Agadir
Explore Agadir Desert, first stop will be in the city of Taroudante to view the old ramparts. Then we pass the saffron producing town of Taliouine. Later we rea..

Tanzania @ 8 Day Serengeti & Chimpanzee Safari
Visits Tanzania’s world famous Serengeti National Park, famous for the ‘Great Migration’, and western Tanzania’s Mahale Mountains National Park, famous ..