Located north east of Grande-Terre and right in the countryside, Moule parish is focused on sugar cane culture. Its beach and many tourist heritage sites still attract visitors.
Le Moule is one of the oldest parishes on Grande-Terre and used to be its capital city. With a natural haven, it became Guadeloupe’s first sugar port. The whole area as always been devoted to sugar cane and has counted for a long time on many sugar plants and other distilleries. In the old port, you still can see the ancient anchors used to haul boats to the exit when winds were not favourable.
For many years, Le Moule was at stake in many battles with the British.
Present heir of a sugar past, Gardel is the only and last sugar plant of continental Guadeloupe. The Damoiseau distillery also survived and remains the last one on Grande-Terre. A visit of the property with its mill and store is a stop punch lovers do not want to miss.
Leaving Saint François on the Moule road, Zevallos House is worth the stop, although it’s difficult to park on this very busy way. At the entrance of a very old plant still rises an old chimney. It’s an old New Orleans-style residence with nice iron work and pink bricks. Another such building is erected in Pointe à Pitre.
The Moule countryside is covered with cane fields but also of late with particularly gorgeous melon fields for exportation to the metropolis.
Before getting into Le Moule, a road on the right leads down to the beaches of Les Alizés. Beautiful and long with nice white sand and shades, winds are omnipresent and offers great conditions for windsurfers.
The little borough offers the charming spectacle of a traditional village with its big plaza, market and church with a neoclassical facade. At the other end, a long waterfront boulevard offers a nice boardwalk refreshed by the area’s seawater sprays. Surf is king in this place as Le Moule hosts an annual Surfing World Championship event.
At the borough’s exit, you must stop by the Edgar Clerc Museum; home of several aboriginal remains found in the parish to have a better understanding of the island’s first settlers’ history.