Guadeloupe, travel story
Caribbean island of the French Antilles and protectorate d'beyond sea french in which the natural beauty of tropical islands merges with a context typically organized western. In reality, the island is composed of two islands separated by a channel that divides at the narrowest point in the vicinity of the capital Pointe-à-Pitre. The island that extends to the east has the name of Grande Terre, while that in the west (toward the Mar Caribbean) has the name of Basse Terre. By observing good the two islands, which seem to draw the wings of a butterfly, is to think that the attribution of the names is due to something different than the morphological aspect, Basse Terre is the largest and most mountainous, Grande Terre is the smallest and almost flat. In fact the two names, awarded by the French colonists, refer to the winds that sweep these two islands. The trade winds that blow from the north-east are impetuous ( large ) And hit in a direct way the large flat land, but are hindered by mountains that rise to the west spyin' weakest ( low ) on Basse Terre renowned both for the sugar and rum that for its beaches, the Guadeloupe is a set of influences French and African thus representing one of the most important places of the creole culture of the Caribbean.
The island as a whole is pleasantly varied offering to the guest coasts with white sand beaches, jagged coasts and rocky and coast from the beautiful beaches with the pink sand. Also the reception is among the most varied, ranging from large resorts to apartments for two people as well as for large families. My case i was looking for a place to stay which offered a pleasant natural environment, close to the sea, in a quiet area, rarely visited by tourists and that affords a complete independence. The choice has fallen on Habitation Grande Anse on Caribbean coast of Basse Terre near the Deshaies village. Happy choice in all the meaning, structure based on apartments of different size situated in small buildings immersed in a beautiful tropical garden sloping toward the sea at about 200 meters from the long beach of Grande Anse. Also recommended for the choice of place outside the kitchenette of individual apartments and then in contact with the nature surrounding green, for cleaning, the ability to leverage a small swimming pool surrounded by palm trees and for the courtesy of the staff.
This island can be divided into three coastal areas distinct : southern one, characterised by beautiful white beaches and crystal clear waters, that to the east, typically rocky and windy and the waves from the ocean but with characteristic small bays, and the west with few beaches less interesting touristically speaking with respect to those of the south coast.
The south coast starts from the capital Pointe-a-Pitre and continues toward Le Gosier, Sainte Anne and Saint Francois. Traveling through the initial portion does not seem to be in the Caribbean, confusion, traffic, shopping areas, industrial areas, etc, all certainly useful and necessary, but not very inviting for tourists. Having passed this first stretch chaotic things improve, the coast develops with a series of smaller bays and large alternating with rocky sections in a context, here it is, typically caribbean. It is inevitable that a coast of this type is also the most striking and frequented, here we find the greater concentration of tourists, resort, day and night life. This means that in certain beaches, typically the most beautiful as those in the suburbs of Sainte Anne, tourists swarm occupying spaces best in proximity of the shore or chasing the little shade available offered by vegetation. At the extreme tip of this coast is Pointe des Chateaux a promontory with a set of rocks continually beaten by the wind and the ocean that has modeled by creating interesting figures and contexts.
The east coast, as is the case in many other islands in the Caribbean, is the most exposed to the ocean, long stretches of steep rock, some cove typically protected by a coral reef with a few small beach very quiet because it is little frequented, and perhaps difficult to reach, with a sea always beautiful and crystalline intense colors of blue and green. Apart from the stretch at the town of Le Moule, the coast continues until the extreme north where we find Pointe de la grande Vigie, a place can be visited easily and very spectacular. Just before to reach the highest peak to the north of Grande Terre here is a special corner, Lagoon Porte d'Enfer that it seems to be a quirk of nature. In a section consists of large rocky walls where the sea is always stirred here is that it opens a small creek, long and narrow that ends with a small beach. In this "language" of ocean that penetrates the land, the waters are low, and quiet enough to encourage a pleasant bath also suitable for children.The west coast offers ideas less interesting, descending from the north ( Pointe de la grande Vigie ) the coast degrades gradually up to become flat to Port Louis. Along this stretch you can find some pleasant cove loop or protected by the reef with beaches of white sand like Anse Laborde, beaches, which are normally not very frequented if not by local species on weekends.
It is the largest island and is predominantly mountainous. The highest peak is a volcano with well 1,467 meters in height (The Soufriere) that is located in the south region. What strikes this island green, the intense color of the dense vegetation present either on the coast that inside. It is inevitable that here the rains are more frequent but it is also true that here the nature is really lush. There is a single road that crosses the island from east to west that it is worth to travel to observe a situation similar to that of a rainforest, with gigantic trees and dense vegetation that covers everything. The east coast and quite beat by winds and is characterized by a few small beaches from the dark sand of volcanic origin, half of a French tourist in search of tranquil places to relax. Far more interesting the east coast toward the Caribbean Sea. The most interesting part is that north where you will find the beautiful beaches with the pink sand (with the presence of clays) very characteristics. Some are quite popular as Grande Anse is Malendure, other much less as Plage Clugny or Anse de la Perle, in my opinion, are the best and most beautiful because it still retain the charm of the "wild". Always to the north of the west coast lies the village of Deshaies, a small and picturesque village of fishermen that, in part, it is converted to tourism but has been able to maintain its own identity.
Pointe à Pitre
Even if is not a tourist pole of relief, the capital Pointe a Pitre deserves to be stamped. The city now has a modern connotation, wide streets, commercial areas, industrial areas, etc. remains fairly intact the historical center of small dimensions whose fulcrum is represented by the large Place de la Victore. Always at the heart of the city is located the open air market in a portion of the ancient port where women with gaudy clothes and turbans selling fruit, vegetables, flowers, spices together with the fishermen that lead directly here the fish for a first cleaning and subsequent direct sale. Always in the heart of the city, in a large square, is located another market mainly dedicated to spices. A few other points of interest to mention such as the cathedral of Saint Pierre et Saint Paul and some typical colonial style building.