A butterfly-shaped archipelago on the eastern edge of the Caribbean, French-speaking Guadeloupe is a collection of islands known for its rich culture and stunning natural beauty. There are five main islands that make up Guadeloupe: Bassa-Terre, Grande-Terre, Marie-Galante, Les Saintes and La Desirade. Basse-Terre and Grand-Terre are the two largest, connected only by a couple of bridges. Besides its jaw-droppingly beautiful beaches – which hug both the main islands and the uninhabited ones – there’s a Unesco-listed biosphere reserve to explore, a volcanic hike to do, natural hot springs to bathe in and delicious food to dine on. Here’s why Guadeloupe should leap to the top of your bucket list.