Experiences in Grande-Terre
From the north to the south, everything is about enchantment and exploration. At the centre of the sugar cane production, Grande-Terre offers a rich heritage.
Do you enjoy relaxing? Tranquil and delicately shaded white sand beaches await you. Grande-Terre is set on a vast limestone plateau bordered by perfect beaches, turquoise lagoons which share the coastline with amazing surfing spots and unforgettable landscapes. This plateau is ideally suited to sugar cane plantations, which cover most of the island. It has many restaurants and hotels hat line the Riviera bear witness to the Art of French-Creole Cuisine and is famous for its warm Caribbean nights.
Sainte Anne, Colourful Market
The daily colourful market of Sainte Anne is located in front of the small fishing port. After the beach, go for a walk and visit the 15 stores of the art craft village. Between souvenirs, local and fresh products, you will easily find a gift to take home.
Saint-François, La Pointe des chateaux
La Pointe des Châteaux is a peninsula, protected by France’s National Forests Office, that extends into the Atlantic Ocean from the Eastern coast of the island of Grande-Terre in the Guadeloupe Islands. The short 20-min hike to the cross is well worth the detour: you will be rewarded with the spectacular sight of giant waves crashing on rocks.
Saint-François, The golf
The Guadeloupe Islands are also popular for the Golf International of Saint-François. The recently renovated 18-hole golf course, designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr, is open and sunny with large bunkers. The varying wind directions change the game, so it always feels new. Overall, the layout is harmonious with well-arranged trees, slopes, artificial lakes and bunkers. The location is superb, completes this elegant setting, providing all the usual facilities. It is a favoured venue for receiving champions for the different opens, tournaments and other major events.
The New Orleans of the Caribbean
Located in front of the harbor overlooking the Caribbean Sea, Pointe à Pitre is the heart of Guadeloupe Islands . Soak up the magical atmosphere of the city! Admire the colonial buildings such as the Place de la Victoire or the Marché Saint-Antoine where you will be taken away by the smell of spices, fruits and vegetables.
Le Moule, facing north east on the crescent-shaped coastline of Grande-Terre, is the main surfers hangout. Good exposure to N-E swells, it’s the most consistent and crowded wave around. Normally this reef works as a 2-4ft (0.5-1.2m) onshore left with a juicy take-off right in front of the car park.
Morne À L’Eau
For All Saints Day, make sure to visit the cemetery of Morne-à-L’eau. Those black and white graves layed out in the shape of an amphitheater, give this place its unique charm. This is one of the most visited cemeteries of Guadeloupe Islands. For locals, All Saints Day is an occasion to celebrate! Check out the typical peanuts and “snowball” merchants, and take in the view of 1800 graves illuminated by candles!
Note that Morne à L’eau cemeteries is registered, since 2015, as a french historical monument just like Pere Lachaise in Paris.
Overlooking the sea, the Gosier night market is a wonderful place to discover, open every Friday from 5pm to 10pm. You will find different booths selling jewellery made out of coconut, colorful baskets and other trinkets, as well as fruits and vegetables from our islands.