Once the other guests of the wedding left, Matteo and I explored by ourselves the rest of the islands (check out our first impressions on the island and our visit of a desert island). We first visited Basse-Terre.
This small city, capital of Guadeloupe, has not much to do or see but it is quite lively during the week. The main square, in the old part of the city, includes various colonial buildings, such as the city hall. Not far, just a couple of streets away, there is a cute covered market.
We then had to leave the rented villa in Deshaies, so we moved to the southern part of Basse-Terre and looked there for a place to stay. We found a really nice place with in Trois Rivieres, where we stayed in one of the bungalows of the Restaurant Le Module (Grand-Anse, 97114 Trois-Rivieres). The owners were really kind and very helpful. The bungalow was small, but we didn’t need much more than a bed and a bathroom. It had a little patio on the front where we could have breakfast with fresh fruit and enjoy the morning hours.
From Trois Rivieres we had a day trip along the southern coast of both Basse-Terre and Grande-Terre. We drove from our bungalow up to Bananier and then to Capesterre Belle-Eau. From there, along the coastal route we saw a Hindu Temple and reached the village of Sainte Marie. We mainly walked in the tiny villages that we found along the way and took some swims on the many incredible beaches. We enjoyed the sun and the calm of that area of Guadeloupe, where one can see the real rhythm of Guadeloupe’s life between sugarcane fields and sand.
We soon reached Point-a-Pitre and the island of Grand-Terre. We followed again the coast down to Gosier and Sainte-Anne. We didn’t like the atmosphere of the first one since it was still much urbanized, almost a suburban area of Point-a-Pitre and we had already seen the second with the Matteo’s cousin and the other guests, so we just passed by. We decided to have a walk in Saint François. It is a small village, with less tourists than Sainte-Anne, much more authentic. We walked through the stands of the market and had lunch on the harbor.
We then jumped back in the car and got to the eastern point of the island, Pointe des Châteaux. There the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea meet in an amazing show of waves, wind and rocks. We walked along the ocean’s side and found a spot on the beach to rest for a bit. And before dark we drove back to our temporary home sweet home.
On the next day we approached the volcano, Les Soufrieres. We didn’t actually go up to the top, because the weather was not great nor were we prepared for hiking. We just got to the Baines Jaunes, a natural spring with sulfuric water at 950m, with a great view of the northern side of Basse-Terre.
Our last day arrived and with great sadness it was time for us to return home and go back to reality. We loved the island, each and every spot of it. And the people were welcoming and kind. The perfect holiday!