Pointe-à-Pitre - Air France flies to the Caribbean

Pointe-à-Pitre on Grande-Terre Island

The Caribbean island of Guadeloupe, an overseas department of France, is an ideal destination for an exotic, tropical beach holiday. The city of Pointe-à-Pitre, originally named, Peter's Point, after the first settler in the area in the 17th century, is the largest on the island and serves as its economic centre. Guadeloupe is composed of several islands, two of which are large: Basse-Terre and Grande-Terre, separated by a narrow channel, called the Salt River. Pointe-à-Pitre lies by the river; ideally situated for visiting the beautiful beaches and sites.

Pointe-à-Pitre - a French city in the tropics

Enjoy the tropical heat, sunshine and stunning beaches between December and June to avoid the hurricane season. The economic capital of Guadeloupe is modern and energetic; its port still plays an important role in the local economy. Situated in the city centre, you find the "old town" with beautiful buildings dating back to the colonial period; a relaxing walk around the area allows you to admire the architecture, the attractive sun-drenched streets lined with palm trees.
Pointe-à-Pitre offers visitors some interesting attractions:
The Basilica of St. Peter and St. Paul - the main place of worship in the city is supported by iron girders, to reinforce it against damage during hurricanes. The resulting structure is unique and is affectionately referred to as the "Iron Cathedral". Close by, the central square, La Place de la Victoire is where locals meet in the evenings, under the shade of the tropical trees, the social heart of town with cafés and bars.
For discovering more about the islands of Guadeloupe and its colonial history, a visit to the Saint-John Perse museum offers insight into the life of a Créole home during the 19th century. The museum is dedicated to the poet, also known as Alexis Leger and you will find many artefacts on display explaining his life and work.
The Schoelcher Museum is also worth a visit, a tribute to the renowned abolitionist, Victor Schoelcher. Learn more about the history of slavery and the abolitionist movement in Guadeloupe and view art collections belonging to Schoelcher on exhibition.
You may also like to stop at the Fort Fleur d'Epée located between the beach and Le Gosier suburbs. The 18th century fortress overlooks the Bas du Fort district and other suburbs of Le Gosier. Visitors can explore the underground rooms, view the powder magazine and kitchen area as well as view exhibitions held in the entrance hall.
Pointe-à-Pitre also provides tourists with great shopping opportunities with reputed boutiques and the open-air market for buying souvenirs, French perfumes, fresh food. the Saint-John Perse Centre along the harbour has speciality shops as well as a choice of restaurants and hotels. For more details about accommodation, eating out and tourist attractions such as nature parks, guided tours, please consult Guadeloupe tourism committee website

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