Fort Louis Delgrès
Fort Louis Delgrès (Le Carmel, Basse-Terre) — Fort Louis Delgrès—Guadeloupe’s historical Mecca—towers over Basse-Terre, the island’s oldest city (founded in 1643). Formerly Fort Royal, Fort Richepance, and Fort Saint Charles, the fortification was declared a national historic monument in 1977. Take a self-guided tour of the fort and museum, or show up on a Friday when the tour guides are imparting their vast wisdom. Alternatively, get a history lesson while exploring the city’s streets and alleys on one of the guided tours offered by Basse-Terre’s heritage society. Hours: 8:30 am – 4:30 pm (daily).