North of Grande Terre loop
An exceptional natural environment, a rich history, a little known heritage : a network of emblematic sites, over 3 different stages.
Chapelle de la Piéta
Palais de Justice
Eglise de Port-Louis
Lighthouse of Port-Louis
Plage du Souffleur
Cimetière de Port-Louis
'Chimen Kas Moustach'
Beware : access not recommended to the boardwalk (currently damaged).
Pointe des Mangles
A fishing spot, but also a spiritual 'démaré' (rebirth) bathing area, not far from the ornithological hide.
Batterie Pointe d'Antigue
La Mare Indigo
(Mare Indigo can be seen 150m to the east of the main path)
Plage de La Chapelle
NB: ornithological observatory on the area (opened on October 2017 by the Anse-Bertrand Community and the National Park)
It is bordered by the Pointe de la Petite Vigie, advanced sentinel of the urban stretch of water.
Trou de Man Louis
Pointe de la Grande Vigie
Couloir de Budan - St Jacques
(The Anse is visible 400m to the north of the main road).
Anse à Tortues
Pointe du Piton
Overlooking the Porte d'Enfer
Trou a Man Koko
Trou du Souffleur
Be careful, do not go near the edge !
Pointe du Souffleur
Pointe "Tête à Boeuf"
Anse à la Barque
Route de l'Esclave : La Mahaudière.
The owner was then Jean-Baptiste Douillard Mahaudière whose, name remains connected to a famous judicial matter.
In October 1840, he was taken to court for the abusive sequestration of his slave Lucile, a seamstress.
She was accused by her master of having poisoned his wife. Lucile was thrown into a cell measuring 5 square metres; it was only 1.20m high, so she could not stand upright. She was kept there for nearly two years in almost complete solitary confinement. Denounced to the law in an anonymous letter, Douillard Mahaudière had to answer for this crime before the Pointe-à-Pitre Assizes. The King's Prosecutor, himself a settler and owner in Guadeloupe, found himself torn between his role as magistrate and the interests of the community to which he belonged. Under pressure from the settlers, Douillard Mahaudière was declared not guilty and acquitted. The slave Lucile was sold.
In the years following the abolition of slavery, the house slowly fell into disrepair. At the end of the nineteenth century, the conversion of its facilities made it into a large steam-powered distillery. The activity continued on the site until the beginning of the 1950s.
Hiking trail colour: yellow.
- First Stage :
From Port-Louis (Beauport) to Anse-Bertrand (Anse Laborde), passing through the coastline running alongside the bay of Grand Cul-de-Sac Marin.
- Second Stage :
In Anse-Bertrand : from Anse Laborde to La Porte d’Enfer, via La Grande Vigie, northern tip of the Guadeloupe Islands.
- Third Stage :
In Anse Bertrand : from La Porte d’Enfer to La Mahaudiere, following the trail of the cliffs.
Enjoy the hike !
For more information about the North Grande-Terre loop, check the following webpage : http://www.randoguadeloupe.gp/informations/partenariats/
Please respect the signs and the environment !
Please follow specific recommendations for each stage.
Access and parking
RN6 road, between Port-Louis and Petit Canal : head towards the “lycee“ and the “usine” of Beauport. Follow the signs “Beauport, pays de la canne”, departure of the North Grande Terre loop.
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