The largest island in Guadaloupe

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The beautiful volcano island of Basse Terre

Basse Terre is one of two largest islands on Guadaloupe and constitutes what is called “le papillon” or the butterfly. To the west is Basse-Terre, a volcanic mountain island, which despite its name (basse means low) is the highest on Guadaloupe with the volcano La Soufrière covered with dense lush rainforest and tropical vegetation and with its own Guadeloupe National Park.

Idyllic panoramic view of lush green vegetation and Caribbean sea in the tropical island Guadeloupe. Town Basse Terre in background.

Idyllic panoramic view of lush green vegetation and Caribbean sea in the tropical island Guadeloupe. Town Basse Terre in background.

To the east but close to the two islands are connected by a bridge, is Grande-Terre, a giant limestone plateau surrounded by beautiful white beaches and a fashionable tourist resort. South here lies La Désirade, a little private and untouched by the “tooth of the time”. Here it is the harmless iguana who is king. Les Saintes, is a petite island with one of the world’s most beautiful bays, and finally, Marie-Galante who again has beautiful sandy beaches and a welcoming population, also worth visiting.

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