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Fort Napoleon

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Address: Terre-de-Haut, Guadeloupe
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+590 690 50-7347

A restored fort dating back to 1867 overlooks the harbor.

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French history lessons

The immaculately maintained fort, gardens, and museum allows visitors a view of early French colonial history on the island. The views onto the harbor below and across to... read more

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The immaculately maintained fort, gardens, and museum allows visitors a view of early French colonial history on the island. The views onto the harbor below and across to Guadaloupe were spectacular. All the exhibit descriptions were in French, and the English pamphlet only described the plants/cactus.

Thank Saylor2017
Knoxville, Tennessee
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Driving ourselves across Belgium gave us the opportunity to stop off at random places. This was recommended by a local bar owner for its military history. Being former military with military families we went straight away. Great old Fort with a lot of history. Cool to visit for the history and the view.

Thank THam515
Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We went by mini-bus up a precipitous road to the top of the 150 metre high hill at the West end of the island and explored the 150 year old Fort Napoleon. This is a large very well restored structure that contains an excellent museum and has superb views of the delightful bay (purportedly one of the ten most beautiful... More 

1 Thank Kyzyk
Montreal, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 April 2017

Fort Napoleon is the main place to visit on Les Saintes - a must-see according to the guidebooks - though I'm not really sure it deserves THAT much credit. Sure, it's a nice little fort, with some naval battle history attached to it. Sure, there are some pretty gardens now growing along the tops of the wall and ramparts to... More 

Thank skyisblu
New Jersey
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130 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 March 2017

Fort Napoleon stands high above the port of Le Bourg in Les Saintes and has been turned into an art and cultural museum. There is little of military history on display except for a few cannons. The gardens surrounding the fort offer some floral displays, but it is the view of the bay and Caribbean Sea that are most striking.

1 Thank stardustdrive
Durango, Colorado
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Reviewed 12 February 2017

It is about a 20 min walk steep uphill, but nice views along the way. Entry is 5 euro, and they have toilets. Interesting museum with many exhibits, mostly with French explanations.

2 Thank OWJohn
Appleton, WI
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Reviewed 8 February 2017

There is so much history on this island. Fort Napoleon does not disappoint. Set up for tourism very well, we enjoyed touring here. They also have rum and food tasting on some of the tours. It is quite good. Make sure you walk around the garden areas as the views are spectacular.

Thank ma_golfman
Adrian, Michigan
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Reviewed 29 January 2017

The fort is intact and has been turned into a museum, each room with items from a different theme such as art, fish, battles, boatbuilding, wildlife. Outside is a botanic garden. Take the mini-bus and you will get an hour here, which is enough.

1 Thank ChuckPMi
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Reviewed 10 January 2017 via mobile

It is quite an uphill walk from the ferry dock to the fort but it was definitely worth it! The views are amazing and the fort was pretty and interesting too. It closes around 11 or 12 so be sure to go in the morning hours.

1 Thank Jessie W
Alexandria, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 January 2017

The walk up to Fort Napoleon from the main street isn't too far (about 10 minutes), but the climb does get a little steep. However, once you reach the top, you'll be rewarded with magnificent views of the water. There's a small museum inside the remaining fort structure, which is worth having a look at as well. You may also... More 

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