Marie-Galante cliff 'trace'

Marie-Galante cliff 'trace'

Agricultural landscape
Coastline and cliff
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Winding between rural landscapes and rocky outcrops open to the sea, the cliff 'trace' is a treat for lovers of wide open spaces.

8 points of interest

  • Viewpoint

    Anse Piton

    Anse Piton offers a first open view of the ocean.
  • Flora

    Grove of seagrapes

    The seagrape Coccoloba uvifera is prolific among the plants around the Anse Piton.
  • Flora

    Big-leaf seagrape

    The big-leaf seagrape Coccoloba pubescens, of which the diameter of the leaves can reach more than 40 cm, is a close relative of the seagrape. It is characteristic of the dry coastal forests.
  • Viewpoint

    Anse Chapelle

    Anse Chapel offers a panoramic view over Pointe Cavalle to the north and Pointe Saragot to the south.
  • Viewpoint

    Anse Raquette

    Anse Raquette is bordered on the north by the promontory of Pointe Pisiou.
  • Viewpoint

    Anse Ballet

    Panoramic view of the Désirade (in clear weather), the sea and Pointe Abraham.
  • Viewpoint

    Anse Bois d'Inde

    View over Anse Bois d'Inde, flanked by Grosse Pointe and the Pointe à Nègre.
  • Cultural and architectural heritage

    Case en gaulette

    The survival of a typical dwelling in rural areas.
    Here the 'case' has been converted for the sale of local produce.


Carry on, taking the path through the sugar cane fields (Point 1) and join the D201; follow this to the right for 150 m. Leave the road (Point 2) for a path to the left which crosses a field of cane. Take a path carved into the limestone, on the left; it turns and drops sharply into a ravine. Continue straight on until you reach a junction.
Turn left (Point 3) on a trail which winds through the forest (notice the red gum and Savonnette trees) and reach an intersection with the East Coast trail.
Turn left (Point 4) and reach Anse Piton. To the left, the trail goes back up a ravine (be careful, steep path). Then continue straight on, along a track through a forest of acacias.
The path opens on to a meadow (Point 5): turn your back to the meadow by taking a right-angled turn to the right and take the path which climbs through the undergrowth for a few metres then, keeping the same direction, crosses the meadows and the savannah (notice a pond and the hollow tower of a ruined mill). Reach a junction on a bend beside the Pointe Cavalle. Fork right (Point 6). At Anse Raquette, bear right to go along the coast. The path turns sharply to the left (copses), then passes a pool on the left.
Turn right (Point 7) and walk along the fields for 400 m. Descend to Anse Ballet (viewpoint; do not go near the edge). Go down the valley on the left, taking a stony trail through the undergrowth, and turn right in the ravine. The trail climbs back up on the opposite side (steep slope). At the junction (Point 8), turn right in the direction of Anse Bois d'Inde. Continue along the coastline to the path which leads to Caye Plate. At the parking area, go straight on.
When you reach the crossing for Anse du Coq; take the path on the left and return to the road.
Follow this to the right, passing the des Coqs residences, then reach the Chapelle Sainte-Thérèse by a trail to the left.
  • Departure : "Borée"", 7km north of Capesterre de Marie-Galante on the D201.
  • Arrival : Chapelle Sainte-Thérèse.
  • Towns crossed : Capesterre-de-Marie-Galante and Saint-Louis

Altimetric profile


The terrain is slippy and muddy if it has been raining.
Straight walk: leave a second vehicle at the Chapelle Sainte-Thérèse (arrival).

Information desks

rue Pierre Leroy, ancien Palais de justice, 97112 Grand-Bourg (Marie-Galante) 90 97 56 51

Access and parking

Starting point : Lat : 15,95249°N - Long : 61,22582°W.
At Capesterre de Marie-Galante, RD201 heading north, marked Borée.

Parking :

Along the Borée path


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