Located between sea and mountain, Trois-Rivières is a charming little village that was able to hold on to its charm and authenticity.
The parish benefits from a privileged location. Three rivers cross the town at the feet of La Madeleine, a dead volcano that left traces down to the sea. Vegetation is particularly luxurious there and conditions are ideal for banana culture, stretching on the windy coast.
From the national road in the middle of the parish linking it to Basse Terre, you can benefit from an exceptional sight on Les Saintes and Dominica’s archipelagos right behind and visible when the sky is clear.
Away and down the big road, the borough has kept a few traces of colonial architecture. The church has nothing to attract if not the welcoming shade of the trees on the esplanade.
On the church’s left and going down to the sea, you reach the landing pier where boats leave for Les Saintes. Distance is shorter than if you left Pointe à Pitre and it’s also less expensive.
On the way to the pier, the Roches Gravées archaeological park stands on your left. Historical monument in a superb tropical garden with many tree species and a small brook, visitors will discover petroglyphs left by the Arawaks Indians, the island’s first settlers. We still wonder on the purpose of these designs that some say represents a form of religion.
By the side of this coastal road linking Trois-Rivières and Vieux Fort, the Grande Anse beach is covered with superb black sand (volcanic) bordered with coconut trees. Be careful, the sea is wavy at times.
Coming towards Vieux Fort, the road offers a wonderful sight.
Vieux Fort is one of the oldest colonial settlement in Guadeloupe since Sir Liénard de L’Olive, governor of Guadeloupe, chose this place to build his Fort Royal, fleeing the windy coast and the yellow fever that has costed the life of many settlers. Left for a newer fort built by Houël on the heights at the edge of Basse-Terre, it became Le Vieux Fort and gave its name to the small town. Bearing the present name of Fort L’Olive, the old bastion now hosts the embroidery machines of the Embroidery Centre, an art passed down since the first days of colonisation which pieces ornate traditional costumes.