Marie-Galante, Guadeloupe (Lesser Antilles) / Caribbean
Marie-Galante is an island of the French overseas department of Guadeloupe. The round island is about 157 km² (about 15 km diameter). The three capitals are Grand-Bourg, Capesterre and Saint-Louis. It was discovered by Christopher Columbus on November 3,1493 and bears the name of one of his caravels on the second journey: 'Maria-Galanda'. In 1648, the first French settlers settled down.
The main product of the island is the white and brown rum. Once upon a time almost 100 windmills were used to squeeze the sugar cane on the island. Even today, most of the agricultural land is dedicated to sugar cane cultivation. If you are going through the island during your stay, you will see the ancient ox carriages loaded with cut cane on their way to the distilleries or sugar factories.
The landscape consists of ruins of old mills and "sucrotes", the smoldering smelting distilleries, as well as the massive silhouette of the sugar factory van Grande-Anse.
The island is only slowly opening up to tourism, and is home to cattle and fishing. Here you will find the most beautiful beaches of the archipelago. On the island the best rum of the earth is produced, and the small nice family restaurants offer culinary dishes whose secret recipes will not be revealed. The legendary hospitality of the inhabitants makes the island an oasis that is full of life.