Discover Martinique: top sites not to be missed if you fly to the Ile aux Fleurs

The island of Martinique, also nicknamed the Island of Flowers because of its exceptional flora, is located in the Caribbean, in the archipelago affectionately known as the Lesser Antilles. However, Martinique has everything of a great. Between mountain hikes for all levels, walks on the beach or boat trips, the French island offers you wonders to contemplate on foot, on two wheels or on the water. Here are top exceptional sites not to be missed if you have decided to visit Martinique this year.

If the change of scenery is guaranteed when you land on Martinican soil, on the other hand, you don’t have to worry if you don’t speak English. As you know, the Caribbean island is part of the DOM-TOM of France , and the main language remains that of Molière. Handy when you barely know how to line up two foreign words ! You are already confident. For the rest, let yourself be carried away by the beauty of the island landscapes, the exceptional fauna and flora and the sweet scent of holidays. You deserved it.

Summary

  • 1/ The remains of the town of Saint-Pierre and its panoramic view of Mount Pelée
  • 2/ Balata tropical garden
  • 3/ The lively capital of Fort-de-France, its architecture, its museums and its market
  • 4/ The small village of Sainte-Anne and its famous Salines beach
  • 5/ The Caravelle hiking circuit

1/ The remains of the town of Saint-Pierre and its panoramic view of Mount Pelée

The town of Saint-Pierre, the former main port of the island, extends along the sea, originally built on a simple beach of fine sand. But appearances are deceiving: the city rises quickly on a sloping ground crossed by a river answering to the sweet name of Roxelane. If you are lucky enough to benefit from a catamaran rental in Martinique , you will be able to realize the spectacular view that the city offers from the sea. If necessary, you can venture there on foot, and try the ascent of its small streets with vestiges dating from the first eruption of the Mount Pelée volcano .

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2/ Balata tropical garden

The Balata garden is a gold mine of tropical plants and flowers that will delight lovers of exotic botany. Water lilies, lotus flowers, hibiscus or porcelain roses embellish the paths of this previously private lush garden. In all, more than 3000 endemic plant species to contemplate for the pleasure of the senses. But the fauna is not the only one in the spotlight: exotic birds ( hummingbirds , macaws , blackbirds , etc.) will envelop you in their sweet melodies around a well-tied rope bridge!

Discover Martinique: top sites not to be missed if you fly to the Ile aux Fleurs
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3/ The lively capital of Fort-de-France, its architecture, its museums and its market

Enter “La Savane”, an exotic park emblematic of the capital which announces the color. Then go to Fort Saint Louis, passing by the Cathedral of the same name and the Palace of Justice. Finish your frantic stop at the Schœlcher library or at the market for a gourmet and colorful break. Between spices, seasonal fruits and variations of arranged rums, you will be amazed!

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4/ The small village of Sainte-Anne and its famous Salines beach

Stroll the many white sand beaches of Sainte-Anne, this small southern village of unspoilt beauty. Some locals and tourists agree that it is the most beautiful town on the island. With its famous paradise beach of Salines , Saint Anne has nothing to envy to its Caribbean neighbours! Turquoise water, fine sand and coconut palms as far as the eye can see, that’s it, your vacation can finally begin.

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5/ The Caravelle hiking circuit

Sunbathing vacations aren’t to everyone’s liking. Travelers who love hiking will be spoiled by the hiking trails offered by the peninsula of La Caravelle. Cross the mangrove on foot from La Trinité and admire the panoramic view that awaits you on the wild coast. Large sporty loops, small shaded loops for families, there will be something for everyone. Don’t forget your water bottles!

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Martinique, an overseas department with character!

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Mohamed SAKHRI

I am Mohamed SAKHRI, the creator and editor-in-chief of this blog, 'Discover the World – The Blog for Curious Travelers.' Join me as we embark on a journey around the world, uncovering beautiful places, diverse cultures, and captivating stories. Additionally, we will delve into mysterious and, at times, even bizarre destinations.

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