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Martinique Attractions

Martinique Attractions

Banana Museum - Tour this working banana plantation where you can learn about the 300 species of bananas and 1,000 different species, while sampling your way through this tasty museum

Chateau Dubuc - Dated from the 18th Century, Chateau Dubuc is a historical site located on the Atlantic side of Martinique. The visitors can explore the ruins of this large Sugar Habitation which remains one of the most mysterious places of the island

Clement Distillery, Estate and Museum - Estate dated from the 19th century, Habitation Clement is a classified Historic Site.  Visitors can explore the beautiful 30 acres garden, the majestic mansion where the owners used to live, discover the steps of the rum processing, and the Clement Foundation House where local Artists exhibit their creations. A summit meeting between then President Bush Senior and French President Mitterand was held at Habitation Clement in 1991

Ecomusée Martinique - Ecomusée provides a retrospective of Martinique's history. Its 19 exhibits and panels present artifacts dating from prehistoric Amerindian times, through early colonialism, slavery and the plantation economy, to present day traditions.

La Pagerie Museum - Birthplace of Marie Josèphe Rose Tascher de la Pagerie, better know as Empress Josephine, wife of Napoleon Bonaparte. At La Pagerie museum visitors can see artifacts from her life and also letters she had received from Napoleon.

La Savane Park - Real landmark in the heart of Fort de France, this 12.5 acres park has been recently totally redesigned and reopened to the public. Great location for a nice promenade it also features small kiosks from which visitors can buy a drink or a tasty quick bite

Museum of History and Ethnography - Located in downtown Fort de France in a beautiful colonial house, this museum has a rich and diverse collection of artifacts, documents, pictures retracing the history of Martinique. It also welcomes several exxhibitions every year.

Pre Columbian Archeology museum  - A fascinating collection of more than 1,000 locally excavated archeological pieces highlighting the history of Martinique from the period 2000 BC to 1660 AD.

Saint-Louis Cathedral - A Classified National Monument, the Saint Louis cathedral is located in downtown Fort-de-France. Built in 1895, in the roman-catholic architectural style, the Cathedral is also well known for its majestic pipe organ

Saint-Pierre: Classified City of Art and History - Formerly known as the Little Paris of the Caribbean, the majestic town of Saint-Pierre, tragically destroyed by the Mount Pelée volcano eruption in 1902, is nowadays dubbed the Little Pompeii of the Caribbean. Stroll through the paved streets, visit the ruins of the majestic Theather, embark on Cyparis Express tourist train for a full visit... travel though time. Franck Perret Volcanologist Museum:
Located in the downtown area, this amazing museum shows life in Saint-Pierre before the tragedy and the days that followed the tragic  date of May 8th 1902. Hearth and Science Discovery Center: Modern museum, built in the surroundings of downtown Saint-Pierre. Visit to understand the process of an eruption, hands on.

Schoelcher Library - Built in France and exposed in Paris' Tuileries Gardens in 1887, this majestic edifice, was dismantled , shipped to Martinique and rebuilt on site, piece by piece in downtown Fort de France. It is a historical classified monument since 1993

Slave Memorial - Located in Diamant, on the edge of a cliff, facing the sea, this dramatic memorial has been erected by artist Laurent Valere for the 150th anniversary of the abolition of slavery in Martinique. This is also the place where in 1830, a ship with 300 slaves on board, tragically sunk.

Slave Savannah - This place, among the most visited in Martinique, is a reenactment of an original slaves village. Discover how escaped slaves used to live, eat and celebrate their heritage. The healing plant garden tour is a must. Make sure to stop at the newly added Cassava House and taste some cassava stuffed crepes.

St James Rum Museum - Martinique's internationally renown and awarded rum is processed straight from the sugar cane juice, for distinctive flavor and aroma. Several distilleries are offering free tours and tastings. A good start is a stop at St James Rum Museum in Sainte-Marie, for a great overview of Martinique's rum history.

Sugar Cane Museum - Opened in 1987, it is housed in a modern, two-level structure in the south near Trois-Ilets on the road to the Pointe du Bout resort area. Located on the site of a former estate, you will learn about the daily organization of a former plantation.

Courtesy Martinique Tourism Authority

Martinique Activities

Shopping - If you love shopping, you will love Martinique; visit our charming local markets where you can purchase artisan crafts, vanilla, heady aromas of spices, souvenirs, and famous Martinique madras fabric. For upscale shopping, stroll along Victor Hugo street where you can find 18-carat gold Creole jewelry and art galleries, stop by Galleries Lafayette  where you will find the latest in Parisian fashion or purchase French perfume.

Water Excursions - Discover the uniqueness of each of our glimmering beaches, snorkel or scuba dive your way down to our enthralling undersea world teeming with colorful fish, or try our many watersports including windsurfing, kite surfing, kayaking, canoeing, sailing, yawl boats, or yachting. Martinique is home to one of the best marinas of the Caribbean, Le Marin Yachting Center, perfectly equipped to receive mega yachts.

Enjoy a day of deep-sea fishing or fishing off a pier, may be take a relaxing boat cruise. The most difficult decision you need to make each day is whether to take a swim in the Atlantic Ocean or in the Caribbean Sea, to swim in our pools, or take a refreshing dip in one of our many enchanting waterfalls.

Ecotourism - With its remarkable variety of landscapes, Martinique lends itself well to ecotourism.  It is blessed with soaring mountains and dramatic volcanoes, cascading waterfalls and lush tropical rain forests, a wealth of flora and fauna, rolling farmlands and fields of sugarcane, plus dramatic coastlines of cliffs, ravines, and knolls.  Connecting all these natural wonders are impressive networks of fine, well-marked roads.  For beachcombing or a refreshing dip, there are beaches everywhere, some of them unexplored.

Adventure lovers will marvel at our paradise playground, where you can experience the thrill of what it is like to fly through the trees on a canopy tour and see the world from a bird's eye view from the top down at Mangofil Martinique. Perhaps enjoy a day of horseback riding or riding quadracycles on the beach or through a tropical forest where the moss hangs from the trees and brightly colored birds sing at Habitation Céron. Trek to the historic Mount Pelée, a dormant volcano, where breathtaking vistas of the island await you at 4,500 feet, hike our more than 30 trails, or discover Martinique by mountain bike. Golfers will enjoy Golf des Trois Ilets our 18-hole course designed by Robert Trent Jones, Sr. with scenic fairways and breathtaking sea vistas.

Hiking and Walking - Inexpensive guided tours are organized by the Parc Naturel Regional de la Martinique. There are weekend excursions allow¬ing hikers and walkers to explore a variety of locales.

Serious hiking tours include a two-hour climb, with or without guide, up Mount Pelée, a dormant volcano, through thick foliage and overgrown trails.  Though the panorama at the top is spectacular, clouds sometimes prevent a view.  Less difficult, but still requiring skill, is the trek through a dense coastal rain forest between Grand’Rivière and Le Prêcheur.

Off La Trace, the serpentine route through the central rain forest in the north, are two excellent trails: the Canal des Esclaves, a scenic 3-hour hike, and La Trace des Jesuites, for more modest hiking.  There are signs for both on La Trace near Deux-Choux.  Fairly easy are the trails along the little canyons and falls of the Gorges de la Falaise.  Very easy is the nature trail, Les Ombrages, in Ajoupa-Bouillon, which received Island Magazine's "Ecotourism Award" in 1992.

Martinique also offers hiking on a well-protected peninsula jutting six miles into the Atlantic, the Presqu'île de la Caravelle.  Here, hikers find well-marked trails leading through tropical wetlands to the ruins of historic Château Dubuc.

There are small entry fees for sights like the museum at the Château Dubuc, but parks in Martinique have no gates, no opening or closing hours, no admission fees, and are open to all.

Bicycle Touring - In cooperation with local bicycle organizations, the Parc Naturel Régional de la Martinique has designed biking itineraries "off the beaten track."  Cyclists can rent bikes in Fort-de-France or Pointe du Bout.  For really serious biking there is the annual "Tour de la Martinique," a thrilling weeklong race in mid-July, with international teams competing in this mini-version of the famous "Tour de France."

Since "le cyclisme" is considered the unofficial national sport of the French West Indies, bikers will find great enthusiasm here, as well as fine facilities.

Courtesy Martinique Tourism Authority

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