Pointe-à-pitre City Of Art & History
Pointe-à-Pitre is a vibrant city of Art & history
The city has an incredible architectural heritage with buildings from the 17th century and the 20th century
Pointe-à-Pitre ( La Pwent, in creole) was certified since 1994 as a city of Art and History by the french ministry of culture
Take a scroll down Pointe-à-pitre to comtemplate the traditionnal creole houses
Discover the city history by visiting, la Place de la Victoire, The Schoelcher Museum, the traditionnal markets, the port of call, The Memorial Act, The Saint-Jhon Perse Museum ...
As you walk along the Pointe-à-Pitre streets
you’ll see some Street Art masterpieces from street artists like PACMAN, STEEK, DEFCREW, NOE TWO, MIZER RG 971…to name just a few of them.
Pointe-à-Pitre is also a city with traditions
Every saturday, you'll hear the traditionnal "Gwoka" music played by the famous group "AKIYO" on the pedestrian street. The Gwoka" is representative of guadeloupean identity and was ranked UNESCO cultural heritage since 2014.
Don't forget to taste some Creole cuisine in one of Pointe-à-Pitre atypical restaurant
The Guadeloupe Regional Council has built the MEMORIAL ACTE, a Caribbean Centre on the Expression and Memory of Slavery & the Slave Trade in Pointe à Pitre, in the former Darboussier factory.The history of slavery and the slave trade will be explained using archived documents, images, artefacts, everyday objects plus visual and audio testimonials.
Wall Mural of Remembrance May 1967 riots in Guadeloupe
The riots of May 1967 are confrontations that occured between police and civilians due to a racist attack on a guadeloupean worker by a european shop owner. And some social movements in time of crisis in Guadeloupe. Three days of deadly riots followed, between 80 and 200 civilians were killed by police and army officers.That terrible tragedy is deeply rooted in our minds...
Listen to some traditional "GwoKa" music
Gwoka was born in a dark period of the Guadeloupe history . It is not only a music but everything that revolves around it : the dance, games , jokes , a certain way of being, in a word, a whole way of life that comes from our African ancestors. Further down the street, A statue of Marcel Lollia called "Vélo" playing the Ka was erected in his honor. When Marcel Lollia died June 5, 1984. His death marks its entry into the History of Guadeloupe, as it becomes a reference in the Gwo Ka music.
The 7 rythms of GwoKa
La Place de La Victoire
La Place de La Victoire was named Grand-Place, Place Sartine then became in 1974 " La place de la Victoire" for the celebration of the first slavery abolition in Guadeloupe
La Mulâtresse Solitude
La Mulâtresse Solitude (1772 - 1802) is a historical figure of the resistance to slavery in Guadeloupe. Heroin and emblematic figure of Maroons. On 29 November 1802 at the age of only thirty years, Solitude was executed, her last words were "Live free or die! " The people of Guadeloupe, grateful, shows honor and respect to her memory.The statue is erected at the " carrefour de la Croix", on " le boulevard des Héros" in Les Abymes city
Pointe-à-Pitre the city of flavors
Take a stroll down in the Saint-Antoine market also call the Spices Market where you'll be taken away by the smell of the spices
The Spices Market or Saint-Antoine market is in a 19th century classified historical monument building and It’s the oldest market of the city
Le marché de la Darse
Is the famous market located near "Place de la Victoire" by the waterfront, This market offert a variety of fresh fish and vegetable.
Opening time : 6 am until 3 pm
Saint-Pierre and Saint-Paul church
Saint-Pierre and Saint-Paul church was built in 1807, it's the highest religious building of the city
"Fête des cuisinières "the celebration takes place each year since the 14th July 1916 to celebrate the festival of female chefs and to honor the Creole culinary tradition. It's a beautiful parade of colourful traditional costumes with their headscarves and aprons embroidered
The Schoelcher Museum
This museum was inaugurated July 3, 1887 , following a donation made in 1883 by abolitionist Victor Schoelcher.This building is the first museum opened in Guadeloupe
The Tourism Committee of the Guadeloupe Islands ( CTIG )
As you walk along the Pointe-à-Pitre streets
you’ll see some Street Art masterpieces from street artists like PACMAN, STEEK, DEFCREW, MIZER …to name just a few of them.
Where to eat?
My favorite restaurant first ;-)
The 1973 FOOD & SOUND Restaurant
( Open on thursday, friday and saturday evening)
The list of all restaurants across Pointe-à-Pitre & La Marina where you can eat from traditional to european food! (non-exhaustive list)
The city of Pointe-à-Pitre in Guadeloupe is part of the top 100 cities in the world where quality of life is better. Mercer, a leading global human resources consulting evaluated in a survey the living conditions in nearly 440 cities around the world and is based on 39 criteria related to quality of life
Guided Tours In The City
Heritage Service offers year-round guided tours led by a guide-lecturer approved by the Ministry of Culture and Communication. If you are in a group, The Heritage Service offers tours all year on reservation