The French Antilles
Immediately on seeing them from the air, before landing, you’ll be amazed by the exquisite array of colours: green, blue, turquoise and gold. The calm turquoise sea, which laps each island, has a brilliant colour, and is illuminated by a warm, intense light. These are the French Antilles, just some of the wonderful Caribbean islands belonging to the Antilles group, made up of four idyllic main islands: Saint Martin, Martinique, Guadeloupe and Saint Barthélemy. Islands that are ideal for a holiday of true relaxation, surrounded by unspoilt nature and golden sun-kissed beaches. These small French gems have an exotic touch, and each island is worth discovering for its unique natural beauty, but also for the culture and lively art scene. Surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, Saint Martin (or Saint Maarten) is a paradise for beach lovers. This small Franco-Dutch island of 75 km2 in the heart of the Antilles is filled with natural and cultural riches. It captivates with its warm welcome, food of a thousand flavours, luxury stores and vibrant nightlife. Its luxurious, modern tourist ports have given it world-renowned fame, in particular due to its regattas. Once sailors have raised anchor, they will enjoy the marine depths and unexplored magical scenery in absolute privacy. Even the island of Martinique offers many holiday possibilities: from relaxing on the beaches to watersports, scuba diving in tropical waters, the discovery of local fauna and flora, the exquisite taste of the delicious local food and to trips the tropical forest. Visitors are given a wonderful welcome by the warm, hospitable inhabitants, with whom they can share traditions, music and the joy of living.
The very pretty tropical gardens overlook the natural white sandy beaches with splendid views over the Bay of Fort de France and the shores of the crystal-clear waters of the lagoon, along the Atlantic coast of Martinique. The islands of Guadeloupe, an archipelago of five brightly coloured islands, feature high peaks, wild nature, waterfalls, rivers, tropical flowers, luxuriant forests and enchanted sea depths. La Grande Soufrière is an active volcano in the majestic National Park on the island of Basse-Terre. Grande-Terre offers architectural gems and beaches of white or golden sands. La Désirade, instead, is home to an Le Antille francesi sono costituite da quattro paradisiache isole principali: Saint-Martin, Martinica, Guadalupa e Saint-Barthélemy. Offrono riserve geologiche e riserve naturali, baie tranquille e spiagge dorate baciate dal sole. The French Antilles made up of four idyllic main islands: Saint Martin, Martinique, Guadeloupe and Saint Barthélemy. They home to an exceptional geological reserve and nature reserve, calm bays and golden sun-kissed beaches.
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exceptional geological reserve and the Petite Terre nature reserve. Iles des Saintes offers views of the magnificent Terre de Haut Bay, one of the most beautiful in the world. All offer a unique holiday of wellness and food culture, with refined cuisine featuring flavours enhanced by spicy aromas, enjoyed on panoramic terraces while sipping the best rums on the planet, such as Marie-Galante. Lastly, the small island of Saint-Barthélemy, known also as St Barts, is only 24 km2 and surrounded by the Caribbean Sea and Atlantic Ocean where the weather is always beautiful. The temperature ranges from 22°C to 30°C and the water is never less than 26°C. Carved by valleys that open out onto the sea, St Barts offers crystal-clear waters, fine white sandy beaches and relaxation. The island offers various beaches protected from the ocean by coral reefs, which are all exquisite and never crowded, each one different from the other, such as the Baie de Saint-Jean, Anse des Flamands, Colombier, Corossol, le Salines and Lorient. The capital Gustavia, once a hideout for pirates, is a simple port village with a few streets of luxury boutiques. One of the best ways to visit the island is by boat and, in fact, the port of Gustavia is filled with wonderful sailing boats and mega-yachts for crossing the turquoise-blue waters in calm weather.