Founded as a municipality in 1726, Les Abymes is the most populous city in Guadeloupe. Surrounded by swamps, mangroves and the bay, the city takes its name from the fog formed from evaporation, which the locals called the “shroud of the savannah”.
The impressive Church of the Immaculate Conception with its sculpture Notre Dame de Guadeloupe was built between 1855 and 1858.
Les Abymes is a booming town that incorporated several neighboring towns (Grand-Camp, Le Raizet, Petit-Pérou, La Croix, etc.) in the 1960s. The Pointe-à-Pitre International Airport is located here.