Posted on June 4, 2011
Beyond its stunning beaches and the lively spirit of the French cultural heritage, Guadalupe is a West Indian rum mecca. Options visit and taste.
Christopher Columbus discovered it on his second voyage to America (1493) and the French took a century and a half to settle permanently. Guadalupe Island located between Dominica and Antigua - is a land "Europeanized" from the beginning. However, history and tradition have combined to keep alive a unique cultural personality.
Currently inhabited by approximately 400,000 people, Guadalupe is a travel destination increasingly consolidated. In rigor to geography, are two islands Guadeloupe (Grande Terre and Basse Terre) joined by a narrow channel. There are other smaller islands Marie-Galante as they add their own attractions.
Despite its small area (1704 km2), Guadeloupe is a country of contrasts. From the top of the volcano La Soufrière - the highest point of the entire Eastern Caribbean - you can spot this wonderful collage coexist naturally in gentle undulations, steep with wide beaches and waterfalls capricious. Speaking of beaches, St. Francois and Gosier, Grande-Terre, are authentic havens turquoise water.
On how to cities, economic and cultural life revolves around Basse-Terre, the administrative capital. A quick wander through the streets and avenues allow us to appreciate the architectural mix between sophisticated French styles and color vibrancy Antilles.
For the Guadalupe experience, the last but essential ingredient is rum, popular drink here earn enormous wealth in nuances.
Currently, we recognize two main types of rum: agricultural rum (obtained from the distillation of fermented sugarcane) and industrial rum (made from molasses). Both of them have their own notes but the difference is that the former is more suitable for cocktails.
The Rum tasting can be enhanced not only by going to their historical and cultural roots (in the "Musee du Rhum") but also walking old distilleries that are still running. On the island of Marie-Galante, for example, found the distillery "Poisson". For its part, the iconic Demerara Distillery is famous for "Dark Gold", a rum that sometimes reaches 15 years of aging.