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Flight Time to Guadeloupe from the UK
Approx 12 Hours 40 Min

Guadeloupe is an archipelago located in the eastern Caribbean Sea at 16°15'N 61°35'W, with a total area of 1,780 square kilometres (687 sq. mi). It is an overseas département (département d'outre-mer, or DOM) of France. Like the other DOMs, Guadeloupe is also one of the 26 régions of France (as a région d'outre-mer), and an integral part of the Republic. As part of France, Guadeloupe is part of the European Union, the currency used is the Euro.

Guadeloupe comprises five islands: Basse-Terre, Grande-Terre (separated from Basse-Terre by a narrow sea channel called salt river) with the adjacent islands of La Désirade, Les Saintes and Marie-Galante.
Basse-Terre has a rough volcanic relief whilst Grande-Terre features rolling hills and flat plains.
Further to the north, Saint-Barthélemy and the French part of Saint Martin come under the jurisdiction of Guadeloupe.

Brief History of Guadeloupe

Guadeloupe was populated from 300 BC by the Arawak Amerindians, who fished and developed agriculture on the island. It was next inhabited by the Caribs, who pushed out most of the Arawak in the 8th century, and who renamed the island "Karukera" or the "Island of beautiful waters".

During his second trip to America Christopher Columbus became the first European to land on Guadeloupe on 14 November 1493. He called it Santa María de Guadalupe de Extremadura, after the image of the Virgin Mary venerated at the Spanish monastery of Villuercas, in Guadalupe, Extremadura.

The French took possession of the island in 1635 and wiped out many of the Caribs. It was annexed to the kingdom of France in 1674. Over the next century, the island was seized several times by the British. One indication of Guadeloupe's prosperity at this time is that in the Treaty of Paris (1763), France decided to abandon its territorial claims in Canada in return for British recognition of French control of Guadeloupe.

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Barefoot tourist life revolves around the little restaurants and nightclubs of the south Atlantic coast. Le Gosier offers local food, sugarcane rum, zouk and a taste of the real Caribbean while the French-influenced village of Ste Anne, also laidback, has the added advantage of sitting on one of the loveliest beaches.

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Guadeloupe Visa Requirements
A Visa is not required by all nationals of the UK for stays of up to three months

Getting Around in Guadeloupe

By car. The bus system is infrequent and unreliable. Cars can be hired at the airport in Pointe-à-Pitre. The main roads are of the same quality as metropolitan France, but smaller roads are often uneven, pot-holed and frankly dangerous. Prudence is required! Drivers are often undisciplined, but rarely aggressive.

French is the official language of France, although Creole is widely spoken. Everyone understands French but few people understand English.