The islands of Guadeloupe: what to do, what to see…

There's no such thing as one Guadeloupe. This group of islands between the Atlantic and the Caribbean includes Basse-Terre and Grande-Terre, Marie-Galante, Les Saintes and La Désirade. From the sky, they look rather like a floating butterfly. But what about from ground level? From the summit of the La Soufrière volcano to their geological and cultural treasures, the endless varieties of sand and rum and its spectacular underwater world, the islands of Guadeloupe are a never-ending revelation.

• The active volcano of La Soufrière
• The Cascade aux Écrevisses waterfall
• The Carbet Falls
• The ACTe memorial
• The Parc des Mamelles zoo
• The wild mangrove swamp of Grande Terre
• The black sand beach of Grande Anse
• The town of Pointe-à-Pitre
• Saint-François Bay
• Marie-Galante, La Désirade and Les Saintes


• Bathe in the Dolé hot springs at Gourbeyre
• Take a trip to the island of Marie-Galante
• Greet the sun on Pointe des Châteaux
• Visit the iguanas on the island of Petite-Terre
• Be intoxicated by the heady aroma of spices in Pointe-à-Pitre market
• Visit the traditional rum distilleries of Marie-Galante
• Be alone in the world on the islet of Gosier
• Marvel at the colourful inhabitants of the Cousteau Reserve
• Go green in the Guadeloupe zoo
• Explore the Bay of Les Saintes by catamaran

Getting to the islands of Guadeloupe