Discovering the best distilleries of Guadeloupe Islands

It is not imaginable to come and stay in Guadeloupe without visiting a distillery! Discover a fascinating know-how, well anchored on 3 islands of the archipelago. You will appreciate the flavor, expertise and authenticity of a world famous heritage, that of Rum!

« Damoiseau Distillery » – Grande-Terre

The Damoiseau Distillery, located in Grande-Terre, in Le Moule, produces one of the best agricultural white rums in the world! Indeed, its rums are sold in nearly 40 countries! But behind this business lies a family tradition.

Come and visit this heritage gem whose rum is made from pure sugar cane juice, then distilled and stored in wooden casks. You will also find an 18th century windmill as well as the Cabane à Rhum. It is here, after a visit full of captivating anecdotes, that you will be offered a tasting and advice on how to buy the best rums or punches of the house. Be careful to taste in moderation!

« Bologna Distillery » – Basse-Terre

It is at the foot of the Soufrière volcano that the Bologna distillery is located on a former 17th century sugar factory. Discover an ancestral tradition. Most of the annual production is carried out manually and without burning in order to maintain all the purity of the taste. This more ecological technique highlights a rum with a more pronounced and more qualitative taste.

During your visit, you will be able to discover the main house, the bottling building, an old sugar cane mill and a waterwheel. And like any good distillery, the visit will end with a traditional tasting!

« Montebello Distillery » – Basse-Terre

Welcome to Petit-Bourg and to the Montebello Distillery. This is where one of the most emblematic rums of the Guadeloupe islands is produced and which has received several medals in agricultural competitions.

Come and discover a distillery where craftsmanship and manual labor are favored to preserve all the flavors of sugar cane. Here, the 25 hectares of sugar cane are cut by hand to guarantee a good quality of rum!

« Père-Labat Distillery » – Marie-Galante

Head to the island of a hundred mills! Rum cultivation is very important on the island of Marie-Galante, considered to be Guadeloupe “of yesteryear”. I suggest you discover the Père Labat distillery, also called the Poisson distillery, in reference to the name of the sugar refinery which was once in its place.

With 300,000 liters of rums produced annually, it is one of the smallest distilleries in the world, but also one of the most famous. You will be welcomed in a green park where the visit will be done in complete autonomy to discover the authenticity and the soul of the domain. There, to obtain an authentic rum of quality, the manufacture was improved in 1860 to approach the process of distillation of cognac. An agricultural rum at 59 ° which is also available in different punches, including the aphrodisiac punch which will enchant you!

Petite-Terre in catamaran

 

Snorkeling in a natural aquarium

Reasonably, we can describe the Petite-Terre archipelago as a wild paradise. Protected since 1998 by the ONF, only Terre-de-Bas is accessible by limited shuttles. As for Terre-de-Haut, it is reserved for scientists. On the spot, it is a real postcard: coconut palms, a few iguanas on the beach, smooth, transparent water and fine sand. This full day allows you to visit the oldest lighthouse in the Islands of Guadeloupe, to have lunch in the shade of the palm trees, but above all to enjoy the wonders to be seen underwater: colourful fish, turtles, lemon sharks and rays?

 

Guadeloupe Islands from the sky

Flying in an autogyro over the archipelago is an exceptional adventure to say the least. A unique experience to admire the splendour of its coasts, its turquoise waters and the beauty of its landscapes.

THE AUTO WHAT?
The autogyro belongs to the ULM family. It is recognizable by its propeller, its engine at the rear and its two seats one behind the other. Its featherweight is about 280 kilos. Before each flight, an instructor checks the technical points to ensure safety and then explains the circuit to come. On this day,
we’ll be flying over the coast at an altitude of a thousand feet and the speed will be about 130 km/hour.

THE TAKE-OFF & THE FLIGHT
The attendant’s seat is right behind the pilot’s seat. Equipped with a helmet with a microphone, it is possible to exchange with him during the whole flight. As for safety, a belt ensures that the body position is maintained. At take-off, the rotor accelerates, the gyrocopter rolls on the runway and then takes off slowly. The higher you climb, the more the feeling of freedom increases because the gyroplane has no fuselage only transparent plexiglass windows facing the faces to cut the wind. On the sides, emptiness.

 

 

THE LANDSCAPES
The pilot turns wide to avoid rushing the aircraft. We pass over sugar cane fields and small colourful houses. On our left, we can make out the coasts and transparent waters punctuated with corals. Then, in the distance, we can see La Désirade. A magical moment. The end of Grande-Terre is not far away. It appears after a succession of beaches lined with coconut palms. Here is the cross of the Pointe des Châteaux at noon. We go around it and then along the coast on the other side. Track game from the sky, we recognize the lagoon, the marina, the golf course and the market of Saint-François.

LANDING
The return is as smooth as the takeoff. The pilot positions the gyroplane in front of a runway like an airplane, but once above it, we land vertically at zero speed (zero kinetic energy) as a
helicopter. A great adventure.

 

 

À LA CARTE CIRCUIT BY AUTOGYRO OR HELICOPTER
Flight Saint-François – Pointe des Châteaux, 20 minutes, 70 €**
Flight Saint-François – Pointe des Châteaux – Petite Terre, 30 minutes, €120
Flight Saint-François – Pointe des Châteaux – Petite Terre – La Désirade, 45 minutes, €150
Flight Grande-Terre – Grand Cul de Sac Marin, Pointe-à-Pitre, h, €260
Flight Saint-François – Marie-Galante – Les Saintes, 340 €**
Saint-François aerodrome // Tel: +590 (0)6 90 64 28 48 // info@ulmcaraibes.com //www.ulmcaraibes.com

THE ISLANDS OF THE SKY
Equipped with two Zenair 701 seaplanes, this flying school also offers sightseeing tours on
the whole archipelago.
Hotel Canella Beach Le Gosier, 97190, Guadeloupe // +590 (0)6 90 58 23 10 // www.ulm-guadeloupe.com
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