Landmarks in Guadeloupe

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 learn about unfamiliar places and cultures, you might enjoy visiting a museum during your vacation. Just click on each place's name to get full details.

A common landmark for vacationers is Museum at Fort Napoleon. It is Terre-de-Haut, in southwestern Guadeloupe. Although Fort Napoleon was built for military purposes, not a shot was every fired from the fort. Today, it stands as the home of the Museum of Fort Napoleon, where visitors can view pictures, maps, and other historical artifacts from the age when the fort was built.

Another common landmark for vacationers 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 chart directly below provides more information on some museums to consider in the area.

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

If you like to learn about the history of an unfamiliar place, you should consider visiting one or two of these historical sites while vacationing in Guadeloupe.

A common landmark for vacationers 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 common landmark for vacationers is Fort Napoleon. It is found within 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: A historic home rich with culture and hints of the past, this colonial residence remains open to the public for tours which encourage them to tour the property and see how people once lived on the island.

Take some time to look through this table to read 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

Vacationers may experience some other worthwhile sites in this area.

If you'd like to observe the distillery process, consider heading to Distillerie Longueteau Tour. Once a sugar refinery, Distillerie Longueteau now produces quality rum and invites guests to tour the property to see how the popular beverage is created.

If you want to learn more about the distillery process, another landmark you might consider 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 following chart provides you with more details regarding 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
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 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

If you would prefer having a wider selection of points of interest beyond what's offered in this category, you can look beyond these choices. Click here to find our extended discussion of other interesting attractions for Guadeloupe.

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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