Guadeloupe Landmarks

Landmarks in Guadeloupe come in the form of forts, museums, and lighthouses

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The troubled history of Guadeloupe is remembered today through the landmarks, historical sites, and museums that dot the island – just waiting to be explored by vacationers.

Museums

If you like to explore other places and cultures, you might enjoy visiting a museum during your vacation. Try clicking on the name of each museum to learn additional information.

An interesting landmark worth visiting is Museum at Fort Napoleon. It is Terre-de-Haut, in southwestern Guadeloupe. The museum at For Napoleon houses several permanent exhibits dedicated to military evolution, the fishermen of Guadeloupe, French sea voyages, saints, and the siege of Ostend.

Another interesting landmark worth visiting is Ecomussee de Marie Galante. It is Marie-Galante, in southern Guadeloupe. Learn everything you need to know about one of the quieter islands in Guadeloupe, Marie Galante, at this cultural and history museum.

Musee du Rhum: Although the name of the museum may have you convinced you'll only be learning about rum, there is much more to be seen here regarding the history of the entire country.

The table right below enables you to get more information about some museums to choose from in Guadeloupe.

Museums In Guadeloupe
Name Phone Location Island
Ecomussee de Marie Galante (059) 097-4868 1.0 mi. East-Southeast of Central Grand-Bourg Marie-Galante
Ecomusée CréoleArt (059) 028-6798 3.8 mi. East-Southeast of Central Cafeiere Basse-Terre
Gratel (069) 025-9000 Port-Louis, Northern part of Guadeloupe Grande-Terre
La Bonifière (059) 080-0605 1.5 mi. Northeast of Central Basse Terre Basse-Terre
Le Maison du Crabe Museum (069) 090-8371 Le Moule, Northern part of Guadeloupe Grande-Terre
Musee du Costume et Tradition 0590/83-21-70 Gosier, Central Guadeloupe Grande-Terre
Musee du Rhum (059) 028-8255 1.2 mi. Southeast of Central Ste. Rose Basse-Terre
Museum at Fort Napoleon (590) 37-99-59 3.0 mi. East-Northeast of Central Grand Anse Terre-de-Haut
Musée Edgar Clerc (059) 023-5757 0.2 mi. North of Central Le Moule Grande-Terre
Schoelcher Museum (059) 082-0804 Downtown Pointe A Pitre Grande-Terre
St John Perse Museum (590) 90-07-92 Pointe A Pitre, Central Guadeloupe Grande-Terre
The Bitasyon -- Gosier, Central Guadeloupe Grande-Terre

Historical Sites

Fort Napoleon

Like exploring the historical roots of places you visit? If so, you should consider visiting one or two of these historical sites during your stay.

A landmark that often intrigues visitors is Habitation la Griveliere. It is western Guadeloupe. Learn how coffee is made locally as you participate in this guided tour that takes you through the forest and includes a homemade local lunch.

Another interesting landmark worth visiting is Fort Napoleon. It can be found at Museum at Fort Napoleon and Terre-de-Haut, in southwestern Guadeloupe. The now restored Fort Napoleon houses a museum of local culture and history, hosts educational programs for local children, and contains the famed Jardin Exotique du Fort Napoleon, or the Botanical Garden of Fort Napoleon. Visitors are welcome to explore the well kept gardens which feature local plants and rarities from around the world.

Domaine de Zevallos: The property is open to the public from Wednesday to Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Take a minute to read the chart below to learn more about sites of historical interest in the area.

Historic Sites In Guadeloupe
Name Phone Location Island
Aqueduc et Réservoir de Petite Guinée -- 1.1 mi. South-Southwest of Central Basse Terre Basse-Terre
Beauport Pays de la Canne (059) 022-4470 0.6 mi. East-Southeast of Central Port-Louis Grande-Terre
Delices de Siblet Sugar Factory (059) 097-0287 0.6 mi. North of Central Grand-Bourg Marie-Galante
Domaine de Zevallos (069) 015-0757 3.6 mi. Southeast of Central Le Moule Grande-Terre
Fort Delgres (059) 081-3748 1.4 mi. South-Southwest of Central Basse Terre Basse-Terre
Fort Fleur D'Epee A Musee (059) 090-9461 The vicinity of Pointe A Pitre, Central Guadeloupe Grande-Terre
Fort Napoleon (590) 37-99-59 2.6 mi. East of Central Grand Anse Terre-de-Haut
Habitation du Moulin (069) 043-5260 9.3 mi. North-Northwest of Central Basse Terre Basse-Terre
Habitation la Griveliere (059) 098-3414 3.7 mi. North-Northwest of Central Saint Claude Basse-Terre
Notre Dame des Larmes -- 0.1 mi. South West of Central Cafeiere Basse-Terre
Parc des Roches Gravees (059) 092-9188 3.6 mi. East of Central St. Charles Basse-Terre
Résidence Arsenal -- 1.1 mi. South-Southwest of Central Basse Terre Basse-Terre
Église Saint-Pierre-et-Saint-Paul -- Downtown Pointe A Pitre Grande-Terre

Miscellaneous Landmarks

Guests may discover some other interesting attractions in Guadeloupe.

If you want to observe the distillery process, consider heading to Distillerie Longueteau Tour. Tours are available Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

If you'd like to observe the distillery process, another landmark you might enjoy visiting is Rhum Damoiseau Tour. Established at the end of the 19th century, Rhum Damoiseau still stands to this day, and guests are welcome to tour the property to get inside secrets about how the rum is made.

Distillerie Montebello Tour: Distillerie Montebello was founded in the foothills of Basse-Terre in 1930 as a small family business and has grown and thrived since that time as a rum distillery. Modern now, guests are still invited on property to see just how they turn out their product.

The chart directly below has more details concerning other kinds of places of interest to visitors.

Miscellaneous Landmarks In Guadeloupe
Name Type Location Island
Christophe Columb Memorial Monument 0.7 mi. Northeast of Central Capesterre Basse-Terre
Distillerie Bologne Tours Distillery 1.4 mi. West of Central Basse Terre Basse-Terre
Distillerie Longueteau Tour Distillery 1.1 mi. West of Central Capesterre Basse-Terre
Distillerie Montebello Tour Distillery 3.7 mi. Southeast of Central Bragelogne Basse-Terre
Distillerie Poisson Distillery 0.5 mi. North-Northeast of Central Grand-Bourg Marie-Galante
Domaine de Severin Distillery 1.5 mi. South West of Central La Boucan Basse-Terre
Guadeloupe National Park Scenic Road Scenic Trail 1.7 mi. South-Southwest of Central Bragelogne Basse-Terre
Islet du Gosier Lighthouse Lighthouse Gosier, Central Guadeloupe Grande-Terre
Karukera Distillery Tour Distillery 0.3 mi. North-Northwest of Central Capesterre Basse-Terre
Monument to Liberty Monument 0.1 mi. South of Central Petit-Canal Grande-Terre
Rhum Belle Distillery Distillery 4.2 mi. East-Northeast of Central Grand-Bourg Marie-Galante
Rhum Damoiseau Tour Distillery 0.4 mi. West-Southwest of Central Le Moule Grande-Terre
Terre-de-Bas Lighthouse Lighthouse 12.6 mi. East-Southeast of Central Saint-Francois None

Bear in mind, Guadeloupe has additional attractions. To read a more detailed discussion of other attractions, go to this page.

Whether your goal is to climb to the top of a lighthouse or learn about the history of Guadeloupe, there are numerous attractions that allow you to do so. Remember to take your camera, so you can capture your own personal vacation history along the way.

 

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