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Basse-Terre is a volcanic island dominated by the Soufrière Volcano. The mountain range is covered in 17,000 ha of tropical forests, which has been declared a national park and has lots of marked paths and hiking trails. With its waterfalls, basins, parks, and lush vegetation, Basse-Terre is a place of outstanding natural beauty. Lined with pebbled shores and beaches of ocre, brown, black, and pink sand, the island is also home to La Réserve Cousteau—an internationally renowned and protected underwater park in Pigeon, Bouillante. A Catholic church, a Hindu temple, the archaeological remains of the island’s first inhabitants, and a seventeenth century military fort shed light on the island’s cultural diversity.

Don’t miss

  • Le Parc National—France’s seventh largest park
  • Pigeon islets and La Réserve Cousteau in Bouillante
  • Les Chutes du Carbet—spectacular waterfalls in Capesterre-Belle-Eau
  • La Cascade aux Écrevisses—a stunning waterfall along the Route de la Traversée
  • La Plage de Grande Anse—Deshaies’ fabulous beach
  • Soufrière—Saint-Claude’s volcano and the highest peak in the Lesser Antilles
  • La Réserve Naturelle du Grand Cul-de-Sac Marin—a nature reserve dotted with islets between Basse-Terre and Grande-Terre
  • Basse-Terre—this town, dubbed the City of Art and History, is known for its historic neighbourhoods and the famous Fort Delgrès
  • Le Centre de Broderie et des Arts Textiles—Vieux-Fort’s embroidery and textile arts centre
  • L’Habitation La Grivelière—a coffee and cocoa plantation in VieuxHabitants dating back to the 1700s
  • Le Parc Archéologique des Roches Gravées—the archeological park in TroisRivières