Welcome to Guadeloupe
Guadeloupe is archipelago of over a dozen islands that combine to offer travellers a wealth of attractions from deserted beaches to soaring mountains. Guadeloupe’s two main islands look like the wings of a butterfly and are joined together by just a couple of bridges and a mangrove swamp. Grande-Terre, the eastern of the two, has a string of beach towns that offer visitors marvellous stretches of sand to laze on and... Read More
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Pointe-à-Pitre Food Tasting and Historical Sightseeing Tour
Guadeloupe’s economic capital, Pointe-à-Pitre, city of art and history, is located at the junction of Grande-Terre and Basse-Terre. While most visitors just drop in to Pointe-à-Pitre for shopping for french cosmetics, madras-colored fashions and perfumes, you will have the unique opportunity to experience a historical tour coupled with a food tour. The tour will first bring you to the town center where you'll visit The Place de la Victoire ("Victory's square"). Here you'll see some old trees said to have been planted by Victor Hugues, the mulatto who organized a revolutionary army of both whites and blacks to establish a dictatorship following the French Revolution. In this square he kept a guillotine busy, and the death-dealing instrument remained until modern times. The visit will continue towards the old presbytery and the St Pierre et St Paul basilica, built between 1807 and 1814. You will then be guided to a restaurant to sample some ti-punch (a beverage made with rum, cane syrup or sugar, and lime). Following this first stop, you will walk to The covered market in Pointe-à-Pitre, where vendors display colorful local fruits, vegetables, spices, sauces, and hand-made crafts. You will try the bokit (a typical sandwich from Guadeloupe fried in hot oil. It can be eaten as is but it is usually filled with different ingredients such as cod, tuna, ham, chicken or conch. Soft on the inside and crusty on the outside, bokit tastes delicious! You will also get to try the famous "sorbet au coco". This refreshing delight is made from coconut milk, sweetened condensed milk, vanilla, lime zest and a few drops of bitter almond. The tour ends with tastings of coconut water and sugar cane juice by the fish market.