Cheap flights from Guadeloupe

Shaped like a butterfly and just as charming, the islands of Guadeloupe make a fascinating destination to visit in the Caribbean Sea. The two major islands coalesce a range of attractions hard to resist for travellers enamoured with the beauty of nature. Add to that is the rich Franco-Caribbean culture, and one can enjoy a variety of cultural landmarks to enjoy. Other islands with their own natural quirks additionally add to the appeal, making Guadeloupe one of the best choices when it comes to a Caribbean getaway.


An overseas region of France, Guadeloupe receives support from the mainland. The archipelago, however, can hold its own in terms of economic growth. Tourism, agriculture, light industry, and services make up its income, allowing the country to manage as much as it can to support its people. Traditional crops are also abundant here and used for export, but the country is still dependent on imported food and other resources.


Where to go

Each island in the Caribbean may all feature delightful attractions, but Guadeloupe seems a cut above with its various natural attractions. Those who want to see beautiful beaches can head to the Grand-Terre, while those who want to explore the wild countryside can check out Base-Terre. Meanwhile, those who choose the second option can start their visit in Parc National de la Guadeloupe. It was designated as a World Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO due to its richness in resources. One can find here about 300 kilometres of hiking trails and a range of beautiful flora and fauna. Others can then head on to climb La Soufriere Volcano or the Col de la Mateliane. Those who prefer a quieter alternative, on the other hand, can look at the local birds such as the black woodpecker, Lesser Antillean pewee, and more.


Those who want to see more greenery can then turn to the Basse-Terre Zoological and Botanical Park. A popular hilltop garden and nature reserve, one can bring over the children or set off with a group to walk the trails. Those going here can glimpse various wild creatures from tortoises and racoons to jaguars and parrots. Those who want to see the beach, on the other hand, can head on to the some resorts in Grand-Terre. There is Sainte Anne, where one can relax in the utter beauty of its white sand and clear waters. From here, one can move on to La Desirade, where one can indulge in various water activities such as snorkelling and scuba diving.


San Juan, the capital of Puerto, is comparably easy to visit via a plane ride from Pointe-a-Pitre. Here, one will find a variety of historic attractions with a modern atmosphere made lively with an active nightlife. Tourists can start with El Morro, said to be the oldest Spanish fort in the Western hemisphere. One will also find here a lighthouse built with Spanish-Moorish features which one can enter with a group. 


The Cuartel de Ballaja is also a marvel to behold, with its three levels showing off a series of interior decorations from large gates, balconies, arches, and a central courtyard. It served as a barracks for Spanish officers, complete with warehouses, kitchens, dining rooms, and even stables. Those exploring the upper level of this landmark can also find the Museo de las Americas, which features changing exhibits and works from Caribbean and European artists. From here, tourists can then venture to the Playa Isla Verde, a popular area for beach lovers or check out the Parque de las Palomas, where one can look at the excellent views of Bahia de San Juan. 


Italy, one of the most beautiful countries in Europe, is also a place of adventure for tourists who want to bask in its rich culture. Milan, one of its most vibrant cities, is one of the best places to be due to its wide variety of sights. An extravagant Gothic cathedral in the Duomo makes one of the most impressive sites with about 135 spires and more than 3,200 statues. From here, one can venture to see the Castello Sforzesco with its red-brick facade. It was once the residence of the powerful Sforza dynasty in the Renaissance era and a base for Napoleon who drained the moat and removed the drawbridges. Now, various museums can be found here, which feature various parts of history of the great city of Milan. 


How to get out

Travellers planning their itinerary can book connecting flights from Pointe-a-Pitre International Airport. Airlines serving here include Air Antilles Express, Air Canada, Air Caraibes, Air France, Air Transat, Alitalia, American Airlines, Condor, Corsair International, LIAT, Neos, Seaborne Airlines, Servicios Aereos Profesionales, Winair, and XL Airways France. 

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