A wild getaway at the Pointe des Châteaux

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A wild getaway at the Pointe des Châteaux

Recognised by the French Ministry of Ecology and Sustainable Development for its archaeological wealth and endemic species, the site of the Pointe des Châteaux is worth the detour.

To the east of Guadeloupe, a long peninsula resists the wind and the waves that erode the rock and sweep aside the sand. Since 1999, the "great national site" operation, actively supported by the town of Saint François, has been fighting to preserve the Pointe des Châteaux by creating hiking trails and proper signposts while protecting beaches and salt mines.
Every year, 500,000 visitors climb up to the Morne Pavillon panoramic viewpoint that leads to a 32-feet high cross weighing nine tonnes, erected in honour of the diocese centenary. From the summit, you can see La Désirade, a small island inhabited by many Bretons, and right next to it the Petite Terre nature reserve. Also within sight is Marie-Galante, an island that is home to a hundred mills. And on clear days, you may see Basse-Terre and the Les Saintes archipelago. Beautiful hiking guaranteed!