With its unique mix of Creole culture and European cosmopolitanism, the French overseas territory of Martinique, and in particular the capital of Fort-de-France, has just the right blend of tradition and sophistication. First-class shopping and dining combine with a fascinating artistic legacy in a quickly developing city, where modern construction projects are reinvigorating urban life. But the main draw remains the surrounding natural beauty of the island, which, with its looming volcanic peak, lush tropical rain forests and picture-perfect beaches, has captivated visitors for centuries.
MartiniqueMartinique's most prominent feature is undoubtedly the still-smoldering volcano Mont Pelée, whose eruption in 2001 wiped out the former capital, St-Pierre. What has remained are fertile lands and beautiful natural surroundings, with an incredible variety of landscapes. Martinique gives you the unique opportunity to explore the rainforest, lie on a white sandy beach or hike through the mountains – all in one day. The city life in Martinique’s hotspots Fort-de-France and Le Lamentin is vibrant and cosmopolitan, with a delicious culinary scene, influenced by the cuisines of Africa, France and the Caribbean.