The island that takes your breath away
Formerly a haven for the last Island Caribs at the extreme northern tip of Grande-Terre, Anse-Bertrand was part of Port-Louis until 1737. This small rural community, home to cotton and sugar cane plantations since the 17th century, offers an authentic setting and a warm welcome, stretching from the famous Madame Coco Hole, a cave dug out of the cliffside by the Atlantic Ocean, to the magnificent beaches at Anse Laborde and the heavenly setting of the Porte d’Enfer (Gates of Hell).
In addition, if you love horse racing, Anse-Bertrand is home to the region’s only race track.
Come celebrate Easter and Pentecost Sunday in Anse-Bertrand to discover the range of local folklore in a breathtaking setting!
Size5 380 HA
Number of inhabitants5 023
Terre d’histoire et d’avenir !
Founded on the eastern coast of Grande-Terre, Guadeloupe’s former capital gets its name from the French word “môle”, meaning jetty. The area was once home to Amerindians from Central America, including the Arawaks and Caribs, until the colonial aristocracy established a base there in the early 18th century.
The small, oceanfront town has experienced multiple earthquakes as well as some occasionally devastating hurricanes, the most recent of which was in 1989. But numerous monuments remain standing in tribute to the city’s history. Admire the pre-Columbian treasures at the Edgar Clerc Museum, as well as the many vestiges of the colonial era, such as the Church of St Jean Baptiste and the old stone mill at the Neron plantation...
Le Moule is also a center of sugar cane production, where you can visit the only cane processing plant on Grande-Terre as well as numerous distilleries, including the House of Damoiseau!
With its historic monuments, ochre-sand beaches and international reputation as a surfing spot, Le Moule is more than ever a place where the past and future come together!
Size8 290 HA
Number of inhabitants20 927
Shellfish and crustaceans!
Lying at the heart of Grande-Terre between mangrove forests, ocean seas and fields of sugar cane, the city of Morne-à-l’Eau is a primary destination for residents of northern Grande-Terre.
Initially established in an area known as Vieux-Bourg, the city changed location several times before arriving at its current site. Once a center of sugar cane production, Morne-à-l’Eau is now geared towards tourism.
And if you find yourself passing through the city, we dare you to visit its famous cemetery, featuring monumental tombs covered in black and white tile. For an out-of-the-ordinary culinary experience, taste the area’s numerous specialties made from crab.
If you’re looking for a relaxed, authentic experience, you’ll find everything you seek in Morne-à-l’Eau... and much more besides!
Size6 450 HA
Number of inhabitants17 154
The land of ancestors!
Named for the district’s smallest canal, dug by local workers in the 18th century in order to expand the town and allow barges to travel to Morne-à-l’Eau, Petit-Canal stretches across the full width of northern Grande-Terre.
The critical role played by the sugar industry is immediately apparent from the numerous sugar mills and miles of railway track – vestiges of the Duval processing plant.
The abolition of slavery was followed by years of social unrest in the mid-19th century, commemorated by the municipal government with several monuments. They include the incredible stairway of 49 stone steps – a truly remarkable novelty in this tropical setting and one you shouldn’t miss on any account!
With its meandering lanes, annual heritage festival, small fishing port and especially rich history, Petit-Canal invites you to discover a community with wide-ranging appeal!
Size6 600 HA
Number of inhabitants6 200
The land of sugar cane!
The rural seaside community of Port-Louis was for many years the centre of Grande-Terre’s sugar cane industry before becoming a Caribbean port. The changes in the town are reflected in its name:
it was once known as Pointe d’Antigues, and later as Port Libre. Today a vital Caribbean fishing port, Port-Louis reflects the blending of cultures typical of Guadeloupe.
Its attractions range from the Plage du Souffleur beach to the sugar cane museum, the maritime cemetery where the tombs are adorned with sea shells and the all-new shipping hub. Whether you’re interested in sport or culture, in Port-Louis the holidaymaker is king!
Size4 400 HA
Number of inhabitants5 580