Posted on June 4, 2011
Beyond its lovely beaches and lively spirit of the French cultural heritage, Guadalupe is a mecca of Caribbean rum. Options to visit and enjoy.
Christopher Columbus discovered it on his second voyage to America (1493) and the French a century and half took longer to settle definitively Island -located between Dominica and Guadeloupe. Antigua - is a land "Europeanized" from the beginning. However, history and tradition have combined to maintain a unique cultural identity alive.
Currently inhabited by approximately 400,000 people, is a destination for Guadalupe increasingly consolidated travel. Indeed geography, Guadeloupe are two islands (Grande-Terre and Basse Terre) connected by a narrow channel. There are other smaller islands as Marie-Galante to 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 natural collage with the coexistence of soft and steep waves with wide beaches and waterfalls capricious. Speaking of beaches, St. Francois and Gosier, Grande-Terre, are authentic havens turquoise water.
In much the 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 vivacity of Caribbean color.
To experience the Guadalupe, the last but essential ingredient is rum, popular drink here earn enormous wealth of nuances.
Agricultural rum (obtained from the distillation of fermented sugarcane) and industrial rum (made from molasses): Currently, two main types of rum are recognized. Both of them have their own notes but the difference is that the former is more suitable for cocktails.
Tasting the rum can be enhanced not only by going to their historical and cultural roots (in the "Musée du Rhum") but also touring oldest distilleries that are still running. On the island of Marie-Galante, for example, found the distillery "Poisson". Meanwhile, the flagship Demerara Distillery is famous for "Golden Brown", a rum that sometimes reaches 15 years of aging.