On your Guadeloupe Charter-Marie-Galante, enjoy this exquisite area. This small, virtually round island is part of the Guadeloupe archipelago located in the French West Indies. It is located approximately 45 minutes away by ferry from Grande-Terre. But Marie-Galante is a world apart with its captivating tranquil, and authentic Caribbean nature. Marie-Galante is famous for the production and distillation of sugar cane as well as the best and strongest rum produced in the Guadeloupe Islands. Three distilleries are still fully functioning, and some picturesque ruins are testimony to the past. It has remained the old-world charm, as it is still possible to come across oxcarts (once the only form of transport). Grand-Bourge is the main town on the island.
Marie-Galante delights with 10 especially beautiful beaches. For example: Grand-Bourg, La Feuillère and Capesterre. Capesterre is the best beach on Marie-Galante, indeed a true tropical paradise. While La Feuillère beach will be the best spot for kite-surfing, the beach at Grand Bourg is protected by a coral reef. Certainly making its shallow waters ideal for children. The beach Anse Taliseronde offers incredible snorkeling.
This island is devout of fancy hotels and ritzy nightclubs with lively entertainment. But you will find a very casual lifestyle and a couple of good restaurants serving traditional French cuisine and Creole specialties:
You will find two ports on Marie-Galante, Grand Bourg and Saint Louis. The charming, pretty church Notre Dame de Marie Galante, built in 1827, located in Grand Bourg should be a destination while staying on this island. The magnificent vaulted wooden ceiling is painted in especially gorgeous bright blue color. Not to mention the elaborate marble altar.
Visit the ruin of the late Château Murat. Built in 1839, it certainly was the largest sugar cane plantation in the Guadeloupe Islands. You can find it close to the island’s capital Grand-Bourg. It stands at the top of an incline. From where you have a particularly delightful view of the sea. The remainder of the Château Murat shows how rich the island must have once been. The ruins of the sugar factory and a windmill are located nearby. Now it is a museum of Arts and Popular Traditions. In fact, at one time there were 100 windmills on Marie Galante. Today, 70 are still standing.
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