Guadeloupe
Vieux-Habitants
Vieux-Habitants The Essential

Vieux-Habitants was one of the first settlements established by European colonists (1637). The site had long been a centre of Amerindian civilisation, as evident from rock carvings along the River Duplessis. The village's farming activity began with tobacco, cotton and indigo growing, prior to the introduction of coffee in 1720. Achiote was also widely cultivated (its red seeds were used as a colourant). The village and its beach are charming, as is the hinterland where little ridge paths offer splendid views.

Must see

Michelin's recommendations for Vieux-Habitants
La Grivelière Plantation - Maison du Café
La Grivelière Plantation - Maison du Café
Along with sugar cane and bananas,
120 minutes
Church of St Joseph
Church of St Joseph
Built of volcanic rock in 1639, this is
30 minutes
Vieux-Habitants Coffee Museum
Vieux-Habitants Coffee Museum
Café Chaulet is Guadeloupe's main coffee
30 minutes