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  • 1 Nature Reserve of La Caravelle Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    D2 F - La Trinité

    If you like walking in the countryside, don't miss the nature reserve of La Caravelle. Between mangroves and arid savannah plains, take one of the two paths (long or short), and observe the natural environment of the peninsula and its treasures: sand..

  • 2 Balata Garden Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    N3, km 10, route de Balata F - Fort-de-France

    The botanical garden of Balata is the work of Jean-Philippe Thoze who collected rare, tropical plants over a 20-year period. Heliconias, ginger, begonias, orchids and bromelia paint a vivid picture, alternating between bright splashes of colour and d..

  • 3 Habitation Clément Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Industrial tourism and theme park

    Domaine de l'Acajou F - 97240 Le François

    Habitation Clément is an exceptional estate that will delight aficionados of the "Route du Rhum". The property, which witnessed the meeting between George Bush and François Mitterand in 1991, has retained its cachet. It is a characteristic ..

  • 4 Route de la Trace Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - Fort-de-France

    The winding Route de la Trace, from Fort-de-France to the delightful village of L'Ajoupa-Bouillon, unveils some of Martinique's most spectacular panoramas. The mountainous landscape - the road runs alongside the Pitons du Carbet, will enchant nature ..

  • 5 Pitons du Carbet Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    . N3 F - Fort-de-France

    The Pitons (peaks) du Carbet, of which there are 6, owe their amazing shape to their volcanic origins, forming a spectacular backdrop to the Route de la Trace. Piton Lacroix, which attains 1,196m, commands a splendid view. Older than Mount Pelée, the..

  • 6 Jesuits' Trail Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    N3 F - Grand Dégras

    This lovely hike is only for experienced hikers (an alternative 1hr walk in the forest is also possible). The Jesuits' Trail, which owes its name to the religious brotherhood that opened it in the 17C, cuts through tropical forest, providing an oppor..

  • 7 Gorges de la Falaise Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - L'Ajoupa-Bouillon

    The Gorges de la Falaise hike (2hr there and back with swim) starts with a long descent down into the valley before reaching the entrance to the gorges. The view, on arrival, of the River Falaise that has cut a 120m-deep path through a lava flow (and..

  • 8 Notre-Dame-de-l'Assomption-et-Saint-Joseph Church Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    F - 97222 Case-Pilote

    The small church of Notre-Dame-de-l'Assomption-et-Saint-Joseph, à Case-Pilote, features a timber frame in the shape of boat hull, which is characteristic of local religious architecture in the 18C. Inside it hides a fresco (1863) by Henri Daymier, de..

  • 9 Habitation du Capitaine Latouche/Botanical Garden Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    D62 F - 97221 Le Carbet

    Captain Latouche's home (17C) was one of the first plantations founded in Martinique but was destroyed by lava in 1902. The ruins stretch out on either side of Anse-Latouche River; the slaves' huts were on the right bank and the masters' quarters on ..

  • 10 District of the Centre Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    rue des Domaines F - Saint-Pierre

    To gain a better insight into the extent of the devastation caused in 1902, head for the Centre district and the Frank-Perret Volcanic Museum, which charts the eruption step by step. The deliberately conserved ruins dotted around the streets also pai..

  • 11 Centre for the Scientific Discovery of the Planet Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Habitation Perrinelle F - 97250 Saint-Pierre

    An absolute must! This scientific, educational and cultural centre stages temporary and permanent exhibitions devoted to volcanoes, earthquakes and cyclones. Take the time to watch the "Volcans des Antilles" documentary film, which is extre..

  • 12 Depaz Distillery Recommended Recommended

    Industrial tourism and theme park

    Plantation de la Montagne pelée F - 97250 Saint-Pierre

    To find out more about agricultural rum, visit the Depaz Distillery. This sugarcane plantation has been masterfully taken over by Victor Depaz, whose entire family died during the volcanic eruption of 1902. Tours are free of charge and can be taken w..

  • 13 Mount Pelée Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - Le Morne-Rouge

    An iconic feature of the landscape of Martinique, which it destroyed several times, Mount Pelée, a youthful 400,000-year-old volcano, is still in activity and hot springs and the occasional lava torrent still pour forth. The Morne-Rouge Maison des Vo..

  • 14 St James Rum Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    F - Sainte-Marie

    The St James Rum Museum, created by the company of the same name, provides an excellent initation into the history and farming of sugarcane, and indeed to the tastes of rum, since the visit includes a tasting session. With the museum, distillery, and..

  • 15 Caravelle peninsula Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - La Trinité

    The majestic Caravelle peninsula of volcanic rock stretches for 10km into the Atlantic Ocean off the northeast coast of Martinique. It is a protected nature conservation area, part regional park and part nature reserve, and home to an extraordinary d..

  • 16 Isles and Fonds-Blancs Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - Le François

    The François Isles are famous for the Fonds-Blancs, high sandbanks that surround and delineate the isles. These white coral sandbanks are dotted around the bay a few hundred metres from the coast and it is sheer bliss to wallow in 60cm of warm green ..

  • 17 Josephine's Bath Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - Le François

    Josephine's Bath, the most visited of Fonds-Blancs, owes its fame to Empress Josephine who is said to have bathed here. However a host of other legends also lay claim to the name, so you'll have to choose for yourself. Coral reefs and islets shelter ..

  • 18 Coastal headlands path Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - Le Vauclin

    From Petite Anse Macabou as far as Cap Macré, the headlands' path is both relatively effortless and also commands great views of the coast. The path will take you past very varied landscapes (mangroves, pristine and touristy beaches, beach morning gl..

  • 19 Beaches of the St Anne peninsula Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - Ste-Anne

    The beaches of the peninsula of St Anne embody all the attributes of the idyllic picture postcard of Martinique: deep blue sea, white sandy beach, palm trees and fantastic sunsets. You cannot fail but find a beach that suits your taste, from shaded f..

  • 20 Schoelcher Library Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    1 r. de la Liberté F - 97200 Fort-de-France

    Finished in Paris in 1887 according to plans by Henri Picq, then despatched and reassembled in Fort-de-France in 1893, Schoelcher Library features an incredible range of inspirations from the metallic Eiffel structure and Egyptian-Byzantine to Art No..

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