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Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Guadeloupe

Located on the island of Guadeloupe, the common Basse-Terre takes place on the coast under the wind of the territory at the foot of the Soufrière volcano. Head of the department, it hosts nearly 12 000 inhabitants and is located next to the city of Saint-Claude.

Basse-Terre take its name of the marine vocabulary used in the course of the seventeenth century. The term once used to describe a land protected from the wind. Before becoming the French city as we know, the town of Guadeloupe was a village populated by Native Americans, mainly potters and horticulturists. The current town was born in the first half of the seventeenth century, and has seen many movements centuries wire with the wars between English and French. The various natural disasters that have hit the city (typhoons, volcanic eruptions...) sometimes slowed down the economic growth of Basse-Terre, but the city has always proudly identified.

Ranked City of Art and History, presents Basse-Terre still a rich and diverse heritage that attracts visitors to the island. Its typical and colorful architecture and its traditions make this town a place of Guadeloupe appreciated and essential tourism.

Geographical information

Tourism label
Latitude15.9987610 (N 15° 59’ 56”)
Longitude-61.7256460 (W 61° 43’ 32”)
Surface area5.78 km²
Population11962 inhabitants
Density2069 inhabitants/km²
Insee code97105
IntercommunalityCA du Sud Basse-Terre

Nearest cities & towns

Saint-Claude4.8 km (6 min)
Baillif6.3 km (10 min)
Gourbeyre7.7 km (10 min)
Vieux-Fort8 km (11 min)
Vieux-Habitants13.3 km (20 min)
Trois-Rivières14 km (15 min)
Bouillante23 km (25 min)
Capesterre-Belle-Eau28 km (26 min)
Goyave38 km (37 min)
Pointe-Noire38 km (37 min)
Petit-Bourg45 km (42 min)
Deshaies52 km (48 min)

Things to see and do

Old and multicultural city Basse-Terre present for centuries already exceptional monuments and a cultural heritage that has no shortage of passionate lovers of history and traditions.

Dedicated to the late nineteenth century, the Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadeloupe sits on an old wooden chapel of the eighteenth century. Listed building, it covers part of the ancient Indian village behind Basse-Terre. Jesuit baroque style, the building reveals a beautiful façade in volcanic stone, as well as ancient statues of saints. The cathedral is unusual not to present steeple. The latter, built in 1837, is indeed in the back of the building, and has also been classified as an historic monument.

Also in the religious heritage, we also note the presence of the Church of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, listed building, and built by the first settlers of the seventeenth century Basse-Terre. The St. Anthony monastery of the late nineteenth century, has meanwhile been listed historical monument and serves as a shelter to the congregation of St. Vincent de Paul.

The old Fort Charles, now christened stronger Delgrès, was classified as an historic monument for its architectural and cultural interest. Built in 1649, it has been repeatedly expanded over the centuries by its successive governors. Overlooking the city of Basse-Terre, the building, the top of its walls, offering panoramic views of the city, the sea and the countryside.

Several buildings Basse-Terre are due to the famous architect Ali Tur, as the Palace of Justice classified as an historic monument, the current prefecture, or the clock of the market in 1932.

Since the 1980s, one can visit the Gerty-Archimedes museum in the former home of the lawyer of the same name. Labeled illustrious House, the building relates the life and the secrets of this important woman Guadeloupe policy.

Walking through Basse-Terre, visitors discover several houses in the late eighteenth century listed or classified historic monument. Could not miss the house Chapp, the house shell, the Liensol home or home Matis.

Classified as an historic monument, the Gerville-Réache school built in the early nineteenth century, once used as a military hospital.

It is sure to take a walk on the sea boulevard, nicknamed Parkway Tropical English.

Places of interest

Information points
Leisure centres
Performance halls

Events and festivities

Basse-Terre The market is held every day from 6am.

In March, the Caribbean Nights festival offers concerts all over the island, including the city of Basse-Terre which hosts several events.

In June, we Tan Pou Mango offers visitors, exhibitions, craft markets, conferences and other musical events in a very festive atmosphere.

Swing Jazz Festival is the opportunity to attend several concerts in July.

In the summer, the city of Basse-Terre also offers an interesting festival of kites, with flight demonstrations, workshops or entertainment of all kinds.

Detailed information

Guadeloupe Carnival
The Antilles' unmissable festivalJanuary / February 2017

Visits, leisure and activities nearby

Leisure activities

Last nameActivity typeRateCity
Diving and snorkelling at the Cousteau Reserve
Sports sensations15 € Bouillante (19.9 km)
Game fishing in Côte-sous-le-vent
Sports sensations160 € Bouillante (20 km)
Sea diving at the Cousteau Reserve
Sports sensations40 € Bouillante (20 km)
Aquatic hike in the Pigeon islands
Nature and the great outdoors16 € to 140 € Pointe-Noire (24 km)
Visit a sand picture studio
Arts and Crafts0 € to 3 € Pointe-Noire (26 km)


Last nameOuting typeDifficultyDurationDeparture municipality
Pointe des Châteaux
HikeEasy1h00Saint-François (55 km)

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