Everything is there, white sand beaches, turquoise waters, summer that lasts all year, coconut trees, the postcard is perfect. But Madinina cannot be reduced to this cliché image. The north of the island will surprise you with its lush, breathtaking nature. The center, with its capital Fort de France, will intoxicate you with its wild evenings. Finally, the south will delight you with the variety of its beaches, each more paradisiacal than the other.
Martinique, a Caribbean island, is a destination rich in geographical, cultural and historical diversity. Its northern, southern and central communities offer unique experiences to discover during your holidays.
The North of the Island, by the tree cycle
In the north Caribbean of the island, you will find picturesque cities like Saint-Pierre, formerly known as "Petit Paris des Antilles". This historic town was once the capital of Martinique until it was devastated by the volcanic eruption of Mount Pelee in 1902.Today you can visit the ruins of the city, the Vulcanological Museum to learn more about this tragic history, as well as the Discovery Center of Science and Earth. You can find more information on the dedicated page.Right next door you will find the town of Carbet, famous for its restaurants by the beach, its northern sand, its zoo, the only one of the island.The northern beaches, such as Anse Couleuvre and Anse Ceron, offer wild landscapes and unspoilt nature.
In the North Atlantic, the landscape will be more agricultural
You will see a lot of sugar cane plantations or bananas, and visit the factories and distilleries that work them to create rum and sugar.Moreover, if you come between January and April, you will certainly have the chance to cross the Tombolo in order to go to the islet of Sainte-Marie or to take a hike to the Caravelle in the commune of Trinité.Do not miss the Gorges de la Falaise, a spectacular gorge with natural pools where you can swim.
The capital between tradition and modernity
Heading south, you will find the capital Fort-de-France, a lively city where French colonial history mingles with modernity. You can explore the colourful market of Fort-de-France, taste the exotic flavours of Creole cuisine and visit historic sites such as Saint-Louis Cathedral and Fort Saint-Louis.In the centre of the island is the Martinique Regional Natural Park, a protected nature reserve that shelters an incredible diversity of fauna and flora. This biodiversity is gathered on the heights of the city, in the Garden of Balata.In addition, if you want to make land excursions
, the hiking trails of the Natural Park will take you through lush tropical forests, picturesque waterfalls like Didier and breathtaking mountain scenery. It will even be possible to swim in the river like the one of the Absalon district of the same name.Then head south of the island.
The south, a dip in the great blue!
Famous for its white sandy beaches and turquoise water, it offers a completely different landscape for those who venture there.At Anses-d'Arlet you will be able to do many activities
such as swimming and diving with the turtles and fish that live there, while hiking in a transparent kayak.You will also find the most famous beach of Martinique: The large cove of Salines and its large expanse of white sand where water is at room temperature all year round.In addition, if you want to make a small leap back, you will be able to go to the Savannah of Slaves in the Three Islets in order to live in immersive moment in the life of slaves.
Dancing to the Rhythm of Wildlife
Martinique is also known for its varied fauna. The island is home to unique species such as the Martinique amazon parrot, the Martinique kingfisher and the mongoose. You can visit the Île aux Aigrettes nature reserve to observe migratory birds and marine species.As for traditions, Martinique is deeply rooted in its Creole culture. The island celebrates various festivities throughout the year, including Carnival, a lively festival with colourful parades, elaborate costumes and lively music. The rhythms of Zouk and Bèlè resonate in the streets and lively evenings of Martinique, offering you a total immersion in local music and dance.In conclusion, Martinique offers a range of unique experiences through its northern, southern and central communes. Its fascinating history, rich flora and fauna, and vibrant traditions promise an unforgettable exploration. Whether you are attracted to beaches, natural landscapes or local culture, Martinique will fill you with discoveries and memorable memories.