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Martinique sightseeing. Travel guide - attractions, sights, nature and touristic places

The first name of the island is Madinina, which can be translated as “the island of flowers”. This picturesque island is famous for its magnificent nature, beautiful beaches and, of course, interesting sights.
Start your exploration of the island and its places of interest with a visit to its capital, the city of Fort-de-France. Here travellers should not forget to visit La Savane Park, which is located in the centre of the city. The park is decorated with beautiful palm trees and fountains, and its southern side is the location of ancient Saint Louis Fort. The fort was built in 1640; at that time it was the main protective facility of Martinique, which was saving the island from the pirates. Park Florale is a no less beautiful place. In this park eucalyptus groves are mixed with rows of tall palm trees. There are several markets in the territory of the park, where visitors can buy fresh seafood, souvenirs and crafts made by locals. Besides nature attractions, travellers are recommended to visit the main cultural facilities of the capital – the Museum of Archaeology, Schoelcher Library and the Regional Museum of History and Ethnography.
Many interesting excursion programmes can be found in the city of Saint Pierre that was the capital of the country until 1902. Currently, the city hosts more than ten different cultural centres, each of which is unique and unforgettable. The most famous sights of the island include the Museum of Volcanology and House Museum of Paul Gauguin. The most famous destinations of Saint Pierre suburbs are l'Anse Couleuvre Cascade and ancient villages of Le Precheur and Bellville. A big fish market remains the main sight of Grand Riviere. In addition to delicious seafood, one can buy here fishing tools, rent a boat and move to the nearest fishing spot to test the newly purchased rod and try one’s luck in fishing. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
Saint Marie is another popular destination in Martinique. The town is mostly famous for top quality rum that is produced there. First rum was made in the town yet in 1660. Nowadays, the oldest rum manufacture of the island, Saint James Plantation, has been turned into a museum, where visitors can see how the rum is made and try different sorts of it in a special degustation room. Le Salines is another important excursion point on the island. The southern part of the town is the location of a very beautiful place – Etang de Salines Lake – and beaches that are often called the best in the country. Best hotels, restaurants and entertainment centres are located in that region.

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Mount Pelee Volcano

From the series “Volcanoes and traps that changed the face of the planet”
Caribbean is the seat of the majestic volcanoes. Here, on the island of Martinique, there is Mount Pelee. Its last major eruption occurred in 1902. Now, it’s considered one of the greatest catastrophes of the 20th century. Only by rough estimates, over 30 000 people were killed by the volcanic eruption. It’s noteworthy that at the beginning of the 20th century the local people were monitoring the volcano and knew about the eruption in advance. Many of them fled to the nearby town of Saint-Pierre to protect themselves from the devastating disaster. However, they could not even imagine what a disaster waited for them.

Streams of hot gas and ash during the eruption were so strong that they reached the city in less than a minute. It was completely destroyed. None of the local residents … Read all
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Sightseeing in popular cities of Martinique

Diamant
The ruins of the local castle are considered one of the main sights of the town. The castle was built in the 18th century by Tiberius Carafa – a famous leader and politician. The building of the castle was the first step towards the development of the city. The old part of Diamant keeps several other buildings created in 18-19 centuries. All buildings are considered amazing examples of the Baroque style. First travellers, who wanted to see the beauty of this place, were sculptors and … Read more
Fort De France
Amazingly beautiful unspoiled nature, picturesque sandy beaches and tropical bushes have quickly started attracting tourists, so starting from the 80s of the 20th century Fort De France has also become a famous center of recreation. Beautiful mountains and volcanoes attract active rest fans as here you can make a multi-day excursion to beautiful foothills. The rise to Mont Pelee Mountain is one of the most popular routes. The slopes of the mountain are fairly flat, so you do not need any … Read more

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