Les Saintes: a paradise found
Les Saintes: the most popular tourist site in Guadeloupe, the archipelago of The Saintes includes two inhabited islands : Terre-de-Haut and Terre-de-Bas, along with six uninhabited, untamed islets-refuges for numerous bird species. Life is peaceful and slow-paced, with only the history books reminding one of the archipelago's tumultuous past and the bloody battle at sea that took place between the English and French not far from their shores.
Terre-de-Haut is known for its splendid bay with clear, turquoise waters, spectacular Pain de Sucre and charming village whose quiet streets are lined withquaint houses.
The population of Terre-de-Haut is unique, made up of people who came here from Brittanv, Normandy and Poitevin. The inhabitants are extremely hospitable and have a long fishing tradition that they practice in boats called “ Saintoises ”.
You only have to choose among the myriad of fully-equipped beaches with limpid waters - both the calmer and wilder varieties.
During your walks, you can visit Napoleon Fort with its museum and surprising, exotic garden.
The restaurants are stocked daily with fresh produce, with the traditional ones serving a savory Creole cuisine specializing in fish and seafood.
More fertile and with a little more rainfall, the vocation of Terre-de-Bas was agricultural up to the turn of the century : cassava, corn, sugar cane, and coffee. Today, the island's resources center around fishing, some small farming and a moderate tourism industry.
The beautiful Grande-Anse beach, the remains of an old pottery factory, hiking trails, and the small town of Petite-Anse deserve to be more widely known to the public.
Less frequented than Terre-de-Haut, Terre-de-Bas offers visitors a calm, gentle lifestyle and the warm hospitality of its inhabitants.