Named as "the Butterfly" because of the shape of its two main islands, Guadalupe is a small archipelago with huge geografical contrasts. The islands Marie-Galante, La Desirade and Les Saintes are not developed but you can appreciate the remains of a once rich economy based on sugar cane plantations.
The beaches in Guadalupe are splendid and there are also quiet bays which are valued for their privacy and nearness to beautiful coral reefs which became well known thanks to the work of Cousteau. They are among the best beaches in the world.
Grande Terre is the east wing of the "butterfly", offering a flat landscape, with the exception of the cliff in