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  • 1 Historic district of Fort-de-France Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    pl. de la Savane F - Fort-de-France

    A walk round the historic district of Fort-de-France, which is just behind the port, will unveil a host of picturesque traditional wooden houses and colonial buildings, such as the spruce Pavillon Bougenot, dating from 1887, and the Maison Saint-Cyr,..

  • 2 St-Louis Cathedral Interesting

    Religious buildings

    r. Victor-Schoelcher F - 97200 Fort-de-France

    St-Louis Cathedral, not to be missed, the work of Henri Picq, and its 58m-high spire have stood on Rue Victor-Shoelcher since 1895. Built on the site of St Louis Church, which fell foul of an earthquake and a fire, this metallic structure was designe..

  • 3 Regional Museum of History and Ethnography of Fort-de-France Interesting

    Museums and art

    10 bd du Gén.-de-Gaulle F - Fort-de-France

    The Regional Museum of History and Ethnography features the discovery of a handsome colonial period house surrounded by a garden. The travel through time continues inside the house, which has recreated a late-19C interior, providing an insight into d..

  • 4 Canyon de l'Alma Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    N3 F - Fort-de-France

    The 1 750m-high Alma canyon is the most beautiful canyon of the Pitons; Blanche river has formed a 617m-high waterfall. It can be reached in two ways. Hikers can take the easy (90min) loop through the hygrophile forest (humid and tropical) of the Alm..

  • 5 Butterfly garden Interesting

    Industrial tourism and theme park

    Anse Latouche F - 97221 Le Carbet

    The Butterfly Garden is a conservatory, which provides the opportunity to observe butterflies in their natural milieu, namely lush, pleasant vegetation. The garden is by a riverside and a 30min walk leads to an 18C fortress, which commands a fantasti..

  • 6 Mouillage neighbourhood Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    pl. Bertin F - Saint-Pierre

    If any single district exemplifies the Martiniquais determination to fight back after the devastation caused in 1902, it is that of Le Mouillage. Notre-Dame-de-l'Assomption Cathedral was renovated just 20 years after the eruption, and an exact replic..

  • 7 Habitation Céron Interesting

    Industrial tourism and theme park

    F - 97250 Le Prêcheur

    Even if the Habitation Céron is nowadays entirely devoted to a different type of activity, its late-18C edifices continue to bear witness to the island's past and sugar industry. The visit will introduce you to daily life in a habitation (Martinique ..

  • 8 Anses du nord Trail Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    D10 F - Le Prêcheur

    Heavenly beaches and superb vistas await hikers along the Anses du nord Trail (2-3hr). In former times, the path enabled carts and carriages to travel between Le Prêcheur and Grand'Rivière, but today it is only dotted with ruins. The stunning natural..

  • 9 Church of St Anne Interesting

    Religious buildings

    F - Macouba

    You cannot miss the Church of St Anne, built in 1667, then rebuilt between 1741 and 1813. Its timber frame, in the shape of an overturned boat hull bears witness to the know-how of the marine carpenters who also built religious edifices. Above the ta..

  • 10 Habitation Beauséjour Interesting

    Industrial tourism and theme park

    Beauséjour F - 97218 Grand'Rivière

    A visit to the Habitation Beauséjour will reveal a well-preserved 17C property, featuring all the characteristic details of Martinique homes from the colonial mansion to the rue case-nègres. Formerly devoted to sugarcane, the estate's amazing hydraul..

  • 11 Galion Factory Interesting

    Industrial tourism and theme park

    F - 97220 La Trinité

    It is undeniable that a Hindu temple in the midst of a Martinique estate can seem incongruous. Such however is the sight at the Galion sugar factory, a testimony to the presence of Indian coolies on the island after the abolition of slavery. The esta..

  • 12 Château Dubuc Interesting

    Museums and art

    Presqu'île de la Caravelle F - 97220 La Trinité

    A Caribbean buccaneer! It must be admitted that the reputation of Pierre Dubuc, after whom the castle is named, can hardly be deemed anything other than dubious. Although his estate was officially a sugar plantation, according to legend, he engaged i..

  • 13 Robert Isles Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    F - Le Robert

    The volcanic Robert Isles occupy a superb 8km-long bay sheltered by the Pointe Rouge to the north and the Pointe La Rose to the south. They are reached by yole (wooden sailing boats with little draught) in the company of fishermen, a guided tour or b..

  • 14 Anse Figuier beach Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    F - Rivière-Pilote

    The enchanting little beach of Anse Figuier and its calm water are lined by a lush green garden and are easily accessible. The gently sloping beach, a great favourite among families with young children, also has a play area and a snack bar.

  • 15 Grande-Anse Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    F - Les Anses-d'Arlet

    Despite its popularity with holiday makers, the bay of Grande-Anse has remained unpretentious, most probably because of the Martinique families who come here to picnic and swim in the sea. Little huts covered in corrugated iron roofs are home to snac..

  • 16 Anse Dufour Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    F - Les Anses-d'Arlet

    Less popular and far quieter than Grande-Anse, the cove of Anse Dufour, fringed by coconut trees, invites swimmers and sunbathers to relax on its golden sand. A few colourful huts, a sheltered shoreline, transparent water and rubber trees paint an id..

  • 17 Anse Noire Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    F - Les Anses-d'Arlet

    Quieter and more unspoilt even than Anse Dufour, the delightful cove of Anse Noire can be recognised by its distinctive black sand. The cove is just beneath a volcanic peak.

  • 18 Savane des Esclaves Interesting

    Museums and art

    Village Antan Lontan. Quartier La Ferme F - Les Trois-Îlets

    La Savane des Esclaves extends an invitation to discover Martinique's authentic lifestyles and traditions. The visit and commentary of the traditional cases make it possible to better understand how the huts were built and the slaves' daily lives, th..

  • 19 Rocher du Diamant Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    F - Le Diamant

    The famous Rocher du Diamant, a volcanic plug emerging 175m out of the sea, lies off the coast of the town of Diamant. Flocks of seabirds, boobies and tropicbirds circle ceaselessly overhead, while a wide variety of wildlife, in particular, mabouyas ..

  • 20 Neisson Distillery

    Industrial tourism and theme park

    Le Coin F - 97221 Le Carbet

    Of the many distilleries located around Le Carbet in the 19C, only the Neisson Distillery remains, the last family-owned business on the island (1931). The reputation of its rum derives from the particular flavour of the sugar cane that grows on this..

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