1. Travel Guide
  2. Where to go?
  3. News and Events
  4. Search a destination
  5. Map of destinations
  1. Go to Air France website
  2. My account
  3. My Bookings
  4. Check-in
  5. Contact us
  1. France - French

MARTINIQUE

Fort-de-France

Euro
18:53
French
12H15
Discover

Martinique, the enchantress

Martinique has the sky, the sun, the sea... and so much more. A picture-perfect postcard island, Martinique is also full of unexpected treasures…

On the island, the most famous places, those that delight tourists the most, are found mainly in the south. But we must also head a little further north to François Bay. It is there we find 'white backgrounds' as they are called here. With water up to the waist, it is heaven just getting off a boat to sip a freshly prepared 'ti-punch'. According to legend, this was 'Joséphine's bath', named in memory of the daughter of the island, Josephine de Beauharnais, born Tascher de La Pagerie, who became the Empress of the French, although it was never proved that she bathed here... but who cares about such details; the people of Martinique love stories.
And you may well come across a good number more during your outings. Sometimes just a stopover in a village and a chat with a chance encounter will have you following the small winding roads that lead you to discover breath-taking surroundings. Drive through lush tropical forest, admire the sugarcane fields whose tufts recline gently under the breath of the trade winds and visit a sugar-cane mansion, the heritage of past centuries.
Along the narrow streets of Fort-de-France, there are historic monuments with remarkable architecture: the Schœlcher Library, with its bright red and yellow facade, St. Louis Cathedral and the Old Town Hall. Do not miss the covered market and its colourful assortment of mangoes, star fruit, and cinnamon apples. For the more adventurous, the ascent of Mount Pelée, which dominates the town of Saint-Pierre from its height of 1,397m, is a must. Though the volcano is now calm, no one has forgotten the eruption on May 8, 1902 that scarred the city. As we can testify today though, it has been rebuilt and is once again alive and well.
In Martinique, the smiles of the people are everywhere. No question of giving in to nostalgia, although the writings of Aimé Césaire, Edouard Glissant, or Patrick Chamoiseau, the island's most famous writers, are often imbued with a certain melancholy, due to a colonial past that has left its mark. You may enjoy reading them in the shade of a mango tree or on the terrace of your hotel.

Read more...

Fort de France addresses

  • See all
  • Highlights
  • Outings and restaurants
  • Accommodation
  • Visits and activities
Add to my favorite
Click here to add or remove this item from your selection.

fine dining

Add to my favorite
Click here to add or remove this item from your selection.

rum bar

Add to my favorite
Click here to add or remove this item from your selection.

design

Add to my favorite
Click here to add or remove this item from your selection.

bar - terrace

Add to my favorite
Click here to add or remove this item from your selection.

exploration

Add to my favorite
Click here to add or remove this item from your selection.

history

Featured offer
Add to my favorite
Click here to add or remove this item from your selection.

hot tip - unusual

Add to my favorite
Click here to add or remove this item from your selection.

exceptional landscape

Add to my favorite
Click here to add or remove this item from your selection.

discovery

Add to my favorite
Click here to add or remove this item from your selection.

gourmet stroll

Add to my favorite
Click here to add or remove this item from your selection.

park

Add to my favorite
Click here to add or remove this item from your selection.

traditional

Fort de France map

Check out the following destinations