Pointes des Châteaux (Castles Headland) is the most visited location in Guadeloupe. At the eastern point of Grande Terre you discover there some great rock formations created by erosion where huge waves come crashing. Wild beauty!
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INFO & PLANNING TIPS - Pointe des châteaux
Castles Headland (alias La Pointe Des Châteaux in French) is a peninsula at the Eastern tip of the Grande-Terre Islands in Guadeloupe and a protected place. It is very distinctive due to the rock formations created by erosion. Strong wind and crashing waves makes is a popular destination.
This is also a great place to hike. From the parking lot, there is a 1 hour walk with orientation tables and discovery of the flora. It earches the 10m high cross, a great viewpoint where you can sometimes spot whales during spring . The peninsula offere more walk along the coast and its beaches.
TIPS FOR TRAVEL PLANNING ADDICTS - CASTLES HEADLAND
Getting to Castles Headland
11km east of Saint Francois, drive on D118 towards 'Pointe des châteaux'
Visiting Castles Headland
- Spend time admiring the waves and the rocks or go for the high to the tip of the peninsula
- Swimming is dangerous due to the strong currents
- 2 restaurants at the beginning of th Headland and 3 at the tip (as of 2015)
- Here is a French website with a map locating the Beaches and a map of the hiking trails (at the bottom)
The beach and the tip
As you walk from the parking, you quickly discover the impressive location as you feel the power of the wind. The beautifully shaped cove ends with the Cross and the serie of rock pillars
Admiring the waves
Winds and currents are very strong at this lpace and the sometimes huge waves come rushing and crashing against the rocks. I have spend more than half an hour I think admiring those waves and trying to capture them.
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View over La Desirade island
The various islands of Guadeloupe can be seen by clear weather (Petite Terre, marie Galante and sometimes Les Saintes). But the closest that you cannot miss is La Desirade, eructing only 8 km away.
Watch where you walk!
Don't forget to look down. You will spot some patches of fossilized shells. I personnaly find them pretty cool.
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