Guadeloupe – Pampering in the Caribbean paradise

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Guadeloupe – pampering in the Caribbean paradise

Guadeloupe is a group of Caribbean islands located in the Leeward Islands, as part of France, Guadeloupe is part of the European Union and the Eurozone; hence, as for all Eurozone countries, its currency is the euro.

Guadeloupe archipelago was discovered by Christopher Columbus in 1493 who named the main island Santa María de Guadalupe de Extremadura, in honor of the icon of the Virgin Mary, located in the Villuercas monastery, in Extramadura.

The coolest attractions of Guadeloupe

Volcano La Soufrière

Commercial capital Pointe-a-Pitre which is on the island Grande-Terre

National Park of Guadeloupe in Basse Terre Island

Sainte Marie de Capestre and the Hindu temple on the island of Basse-Terre

Marie-Galante is island countryside, with beautiful beaches and less crowded

Bourg des Saintes is a picturesque town with Norman fingerprints

Island of St Barthelemy with white sand beaches

Marigot is the capital of the French island of St. Martin

La Désirade Island is just five miles from Pointe des Châteaux

Terre-de-Haut, the most beautiful island with volcanic hills, deep coves and breathtaking scenery

Saint-François is the starting point to the islands Terre Haute, Marie Galante and La Desirade

Butterfly Farm in Galion on St. Martin, a unique experience, thousands of butterflies, Japanese ambient music and a wonderful scenery

Guadeloupe Island is shaped like a butterfly: the east wing, "Grande-Terre" is characterized by plantations of sugar cane and bananas. In addition to the island's largest city, Pointe-a-Pitre, there can be found some of the most beautiful beaches.

Guadeloupe consists of two islands - Grand Terre and Basse Terre is known for traditional rum produced here, beautiful resorts, stretch beaches, the rain forests and the modern cities with traditional rural villages. There are many mountain ranges and lush tropical landscape. The beaches vary from the white sand lined with palm trees to the black sand.

In Basse Terre is the National Park of Guadeloupe,the  Soufrière active volcano (1467m), Cascade aux Ecrevisses, and the botanical garden of Deshaies. Some examples of local fauna and flora highly diversified are hummingbirds, iguanas, pelicans, black orchid, coconut, banana, mango, pineapple, goyave and more.

In Guadaloupe life begins at 5 am, with the opening of markets for fish. At 6 o'clock the streets are already full of people and bustle, the 20.00 o’clock being considered a late hour. The official language is French and Creole is spoken by the locals. On the streets you will see a lot of niggers, Indians, Rasta, quite chatty, especially if you know French. Traditional female outfit is unique, consisting of many layers of colorful materials and they are wearing jewelry, especially gold, which is very important for them.

In Guadeloupe are held numerous international festivals such as Creole Blues Festival or Festival Marie-Galante. Music and dance are popular, such as music ‘’biguine’’ or ‘’zouk’’ or ’’ toumbélé’’ dance.

Among the coolest festivals is the celebration of the cocoa, which takes place in the third week of April, is organizes an exhibition where you can buy all kinds of chocolate, there are guided tours of coffee plantations, snacks and obviously a lot of fun!

The local Créole specialties combine the finesse of French cuisine with the spice of African cookery and the exoticism of East Indian and Southeast Asian recipes. Some of their specialities: Calaloo (soup made with bacon and spinach-like greens), Accras (fritters made from cod or vegetables).

Tourism indicated period is from December to May, when the weather is hot and dry. From July to November lasts the wet season.

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Posted Feb 19, 2015

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