Pointe des Châteaux trail

Pointe des Châteaux trail

Coastline and cliff
Pond and wetland
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This coastline trail connects two sites, both with a great environmental and historical value. For that matter, La Pointe des Châteaux is currently under development with the city plan “Opération Grand Site”.

On this trail under the sea pray, hikers will witness the amazing harmony between the marine and the lagoon environments.


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    Credit: Dépliant "Sentiers de la Pointe des Châteaux" - St François


7 points of interest

  • Viewpoint


    View towards Eperon.
  • Viewpoint

    Eperon, Pointe à la Gourde

    View towards Eperon from la Pointe à la Gourde (in the shelter of the wooden structure).
  • Viewpoint

    Grande Saline, Pointe des Châteaux

    The elevated terrain allows visitors to take advantage of a panorama over the Désirade, the Grande Saline and the Pointe des Châteaux.
  • Fauna


    The large expanse of water that make up the salt pans are a haven for the birdlife, especially shorebirds.
  • Information board

    Listed site

    Information panel: listed site.
  • Viewpoint

    Coral Reef

    Coral reef along the Pointe à Plume, with la Désirade in the background.
  • Cultural and architectural heritage

    La Croix de la Pointe des Châteaux

    On the top of the Morne Pavillon, a cross has overlooked the countryside since 1951.
    It serves as a landmark to the sailors who arrive from the open sea. From this point you can see the plateau of the island of La Désirade (in the north-east) and the islands of Petite-Terre (south-east). An orientation table helps with the reading of the landscape.


Hiking trail colour : yellow.

Start at Anse à la Gourde beach and make a right (overlooking l’Eperon, a rock located in the sea, about half a mile away from the coast). The sand path roams between bushes. White sand and coral reef protected turquoise water make Anse à la Gourde a true paradise beach. But it also is a historic site : excavations revealed a succession of Amerindian settlings over a thousand years.
Reach the heights of Anse à la Gourde. Pass by a sheet metal shack and start your climb on a white gravel path. Keep going straight downhill until you reach Pointe Tarare.
Enter the copse to your right and reach the cliffs (view of La Desirade, La Grande Saline, la Pointe des Châteaux). Keep going straight until you get to Anse à Plume. Bypass La Grande Saline by the left (depending on the season, you might be able to observe wader colonies feeding of the mud) following first the shore, then Anse des Salines. Get out on D118 road, cross the parking lot and start climbing Morne Pavillon to get to the tip of Pointe des Châteaux, symbolized by the cross.
Follow the same route on your way back.

  • Departure : Anse à la Gourde beach
  • Arrival : Anse à la Gourde beach
  • Towns crossed : Saint-Francois

Altimetric profile


Stay on marked path, particularly by the lagoons. Do not take the banks.

The lagoons are a sensitive nesting environment for protected species.

Please note : the parking and swimming areas are not supervised.

Information desks

avenue de l'Europe, 97118 Saint-François

http://www.destination-stfrancois.com/infotoutsourire@orange.fr05 90 68 66 81

Access and parking

GPS coordinates of the start point : Lat : 16,257913 N - Long : 61,213574 W.

In Saint François, head towards La Pointe des Châteaux road RD118. Around 3 miles after the airfield, make a left towards Anse à la Gourde. Hike starts at the parking lot.

Parking :

Anse a la Gourde beach parking.


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