The French An­tilles

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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.

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