Martinique is an overseas region of France that stirs the passions with distinctive culinary delights, awe-inspiring natural beauty, a rich cultural history, warm smiles, and much more. Napoleon’s bride, Empress Josephine, was born and raised in Martinique. The majestic Mount Pelee Volcano and Saint-Pierre, the “Pompeii of the Caribbean,” are also found here, along with a dynamic art scene and a wide array of local products.
Martinique, Flower of The Caribbean
Another must-see is the Slave Savannah in Trois-Ilets. This replica of a maroon village gives insight into the life of escaped slaves, also called Nèg Mawon (maroons). The Slave Savannah is the third most-visited place in Martinique. It also features a mesmerizing medicinal garden.
Saint-Pierre, City of Art and History
The Mount Pelee Volcano destroyed Saint-Pierre, the first capital city of Martinique, in 1902. The remaining charred building facades, including a church and an 18th century theater, hint at the sophistication of Saint-Pierre, also known as “the Paris of the Caribbean,” before disaster struck. Unlike Pompeii, however, Saint-Pierre still has inhabitants, Martinicans, who have moved in amid the ruins. The city boasts a market, a museum, and several historical sites, intertwined with Caribbean contemporary art. Signs for English-speaking visitors and guided tours through both private companies and the local tourist office make the discovery of this moving city as easy as 1,2,3.