Les Saintes

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Les Saintes

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Les Saintes is an archipelago composed of two inhabited islands, Terre-de-Haut and Terre-de-Bas, and seven islets. Les Saintes were originally inhabited by Bretons and Normans. Fort Napoléon offers a magnificent panoramic view and beautiful exotic gardens. La Baie des Saintes in Terre-de-Haut is one of the most beautiful bays in the world.

Terre-de-Haut is famous for its Pain de Sucre, its colourful streets, multicoloured fishing boats, and painted wood houses.

While there, be sure to try a Tourment d’amour (a delicious tart with a coconut, banana, or guava filling).

In Terre-de-Haut, major sites include:

  • La Plage de Pompierre – the Pompierre beach
  • Le Fort Napoléon and its museum that recounts the islands’ history
  • La Baie de Marigot—a bay with very calm, shallow waters
  • L’Anse Crawen—a beach cove for nature lovers

In Terre-de-Bas

  • Tourists find it hard to leave this charming place without getting some local souvenirs, such as a Salako (a traditional hat), some allspice essential oil, fruit liqueurs and jams

Major sites include:

  • The ruins of the former pottery
  • La plage de Grande-Anse—a magnificient beach
  • Petite-Anse—a charming village
  • La Trace du Dessus de l’Etang and La Trace des Falaises, hiking trails