Separated from Basse-Terre
by the Rivière Salée, Grande-Terre is less vast than Basse-Terre (586 km2 as against 848 km2).
Peaking at Morne l'Escale (136 m), Grande-Terre is nicknamed "Petite Bretagne of the Antilles", its rocky and indented coasts reminding the Brittany coasts. The nice beaches of white sand in the south of the island attracted the tourists ... and the property developers.
Grande-Terre shelters Pointe-à-Pitre, prefecture of the monodepartmental region of Guadeloupe