Lying to the east of Basse-Terre, Marie-Galante is named after one of the ships (Santa Maria Galanda) of Christopher Columbus, who discovered the island in 1493. It is a charming spot where the inhabitants still work primarily in the sugar cane industry; well off the main tourist trail, visitors can relax on its superb beaches and swim in waters which are ideal for diving, especially around Saint-Louis and Grand-Bourg.

Useful information

Address : 

rue du Fort, 97112 Grand-Bourg-de-Marie-Galante

Opening hours

[visitor centre 14 Jul-13 Aug and 1 Dec-31 May: 9am-4pm, weekends and Bank Hols 9am-noon; rest of year: daily except weekends and Bank Hols 9am-1pm]

Nearby tourist attractions

Poisson Distillery
Poisson Distillery
Founded in 1870, the distillery produces
Bézard Windmill
Bézard Windmill
Operational from 1814 to 1941, the
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