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Marie-Galante

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Marie-Galante’s culture and environment have remained untouched by tourism. Also known as the Island of a Hundred Windmills, this haven of peace is known for its unspoiled beaches. Nicknamed La Grande Gallette (the big pancake) because of its round shape, the sugar cane and rum industries have shaped the lives of its inhabitants—the island’s rum is the best and most potent in Guadeloupe! The island is divided into three districts—Grand-Bourg, Capesterre, and Saint-Louis. You’ll still come across the occasional ox-drawn cart, not to mention that cockfighting and ox pulls are still very much a part of popular culture.

Marie-Galante hosts Terre de Blues in June during Pentecost weekend. The annual festival is by far the biggest musical event on the archipelago.

Local specialities include bébélé (a dish made with tripe and green bananas) and chaudage (stew).

Don’t miss

  • Château Murat—a former sugar plantation
  • La Feuillère beach
  • L’Église Notre-Dame
  • Le Moulin de Bézard—the only windmill currently in operation
  • Bellevue, Bielle, and Poisson—three distilleries that make the famous Père Labat rum
  • Anse-Canot—a beach in a small inlet set between two hills