Guadeloupe

Main attractions

Rainforest in Guadeloupe
Rainforest in Guadeloupe / Guillaume Cattiaux, / CC BY-SA 2.0

In the lush rainforest of Guadeloupe, on the slopes of Soufrière volcano has formed the most spectacular waterfall in Lesser Antilles - Carbet Falls.

These islands are rich with natural landmarks. One can walk here through primeval Caribbean rainforest, reach the summit of the tallest mountain in Lesser Antilles, enjoy several impressive waterfalls and interesting petroglyphs.

Natural landmarks

Waterfalls

  • Acomat Falls - Pointe-Noire commune. Picturesque waterfall which slides along the cliff face into a basin.
  • Carbet Falls (Chutes du Carbet) - Capesterre-Belle-Eau commune. Magnificent waterfall with a total height of 245 m. Fall has three steps, tallest is 115 m high.
  • Ecrevisses Falls - Petit-Bourg commune. Beautiful waterfall. Water slides along a cliff in a basin, height of falls some 10 m.
  • Moreau Falls - Goyave. Approximately 100 m tall waterfall with several closely located steps.
  • Saut de la Lézarde - Petit-Bourg. Gorgeous, approximately 15 m tall waterfall, which falls directly into large pool.
Trou de Madame Coco, Guadeloupe
Trou de Madame Coco / Tux-Man, / public domain

Other natural landmarks

  • Gueule Grand Gouffre - Saint-Louis. Sinkhole and natural arch formed by the action of sea waves. Diameter of sinkhole is some 50 m, depth up to 30 m.
  • Pain de sucre, Terre de Haut - Terre-de-Haut commune. Geological curiosity - spectacular peninsula formed from vertical basalt columns.
  • Trou de Madame Coco - Anse-Bertrand commune. Grotto which was formed by sea wave action. Cave is not accessible, with violent waves. Site of legends.

Man made landmarks

Archaeological landmarks

Petroglyph at Du Plessis River, Guadeloupe
Petroglyph at Du Plessis River / Philippe Cosentino, / CC BY-SA 3.0
  • Abri Patate petroglyph site - Le Moule commune. Group of petroglyphs in a grotto - prehistoric shelter. Valuable carving of face in a stalactite.
  • Anse des Galets petroglyph site - Trois-Rivières commune. Group of interesting petroglyphs. Notable are two especially large cliff carvings, which seem to depict a man and a women delivering a child.
  • Blanchard Cave - Marie Galante island, Capesterre-de-Marie-Galante commune. Small cave with important Pre-Columbian artefacts and remnants of extinct animals.
  • Du Plessis River petroglyph sites - Vieux-Habitants commune and Baillif commune. In several sites boulders along the river are adorned with prehistoric engravings. One drawing shows a humanlike face with large ears.
  • Grotte du Morne Rita - Marie Galante island, Capesterre-de-Marie-Galante commune. Many boulders in this cave contain petroglyphs, carvings are found on walls as well.
  • Parc Archeologique des Roches Gravees - Trois-Rivières commune. Garden with a collection of boulders with diverse prehistoric petroglyphs.
  • Propriété Derussy petroglyph site - Trois-Rivières commune. Large group of petroglyphs, on 76 boulders have been found some 258 petroglyphs. Some rocks seem to be placed in a circular pattern.
Saint-Pierre-et-Saint-Paul church, Guadeloupe
Saint-Pierre-et-Saint-Paul church / Aristoi, / CC BY-SA 3.0

Other man made landmarks

  • Fort Delgrès - Basse-Terre. Large fortification of huge historical importance. Construction started in 1650, mostly constructed in the 18th century. Experienced numerous fierce battles.
  • Fort Napoléon - Terre-de-Haut commune. Impressive French built fortification on a small island. Finished in 1867, never used in warfare. Served as a prison, now - a museum surrounded by botanical gardens.
  • Notre-Dame-de-Guadeloupe cathedral - Basse-Terre. Exquisite Baroque church, constructed in 1736.
  • Saint-Pierre-et-Saint-Paul church - Pointe-à-Pitre commune. Ornate catholic church in Neo-Baroque - Neo-Classical style, built in 1843.

List of described attractions

Guadeloupe is an overseas region of France.

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Map of Guadeloupe

Featured: Carbet Falls

Carbet Falls in Guadeloupe
Carbet Falls / gωen, / CC BY-SA 2.0

First white man to see these falls was... Christopher Columbus. In November 4, 1493 he and his team headed towards the newly discovered island, heading towards the incredibly tall waterfall in the jungle covered mountains of this island. Initially he used the Carib name of this island - Caroucaera, but later renamed to Santa María de Guadalupe.

Recommended books:

Guadeloupe (French)

Guadeloupe (Ulysses Travel Guide Guadeloupe)

The only guidebook for this destination in the French West Indies. The charm of this dramatically beautiful Caribbean island is revealed along winding picturesque roads through typical villages and towns. Colour plates to help you identify birds.

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