In addition to the butterfly-shaped main island, separated by an arm of the sea known as Rivière Salée, the Guadeloupe archipelago includes Désirade and Petite Terre, Les Saintes, Marie Galante, Saint Martin and Saint Barthélemy.
Christopher Columbus discovered Guadeloupe in 1493
Located 7,000 km from Europe and 2,900 km from North America, Guadeloupe is bordered by the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. Its exceptional tropical climate (see going to Guadeloupe) is tempered by trade winds. Year-round temperatures fluctuate between 20 and 30°C, making it a little paradise on earth!
The "butterfly island" or mainland is made up of Basse-Terre (850 km2), where housing and economic activity are concentrated. This part of the island is mountainous, and the famous La Soufrière volcano, still active, towers over the island at over 1,467 meters.
A magnificent tropical forest classified as a National Park since 1989
The area is ideal for hiking, so follow our recommended itineraries.
The flora and fauna (over 3,000 species of trees) is rich and varied. It is also home to waterfalls, cascades, ponds, parks and various plantations. Incomparable playgrounds for trekking, canyoning, horseback riding, golf...
Bordered by enchantingly colorful pebble and sandy beaches, Basse-Terre is home to Guadeloupe's fabulous underwater reserve, world-famous for Captain Cousteau's diving and deep-sea fishing. On the Atlantic side, the eastern part slopes gently down to the sea. Many banana plantations are located here. The other island, Grande-Terre (582 km2), is flatter, drier and limestone. Sugar cane plantations abound.Book a gîte