Color Me Martinique!!!
Uploaded by Martiniqueusa on Dec 17, 2010
Martinique is truly “a little bit of France in the Caribbean Islands.” Martinique exudes a distinctly French feeling in the excellence of its Caribbean cuisine, the beauty of its language, the grace of its streets and gardens. Yet Martinique has a cachet all its own, an endearing West Indian warmth in its personality, a special spice in its Caribbean music and dance, its local dishes, and its way of life. Martinique is an island with style.
The Caribbean island with French flair, The Isle of Flowers, The Rum Capital of the World, The Isle of the Famed Poet (Aimé Césaire). By any one of its many names Martinique remains one of the most alluring and enchanting destinations in the world.
Named “Best Gourmet Island of the Year” in 2008 and 2009 by Caribbean World Magazine, 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 so much more.
Napoleon’s bride, Empress Josephine, was born and raised here. Majestic Mt. Pelée and The Pompeii of the Caribbean, Saint-Pierre, is found here. The finest French products, from Chanel fashions to Limoges porcelain, are readily available here. La Route des Rhums, a tour of the world’s finest rum distilleries based on France’s famed Route des Vins, is offered here. A special place, to be sure, with so much to offer…
Martinique c’est magnifique!
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TOWNS & VILLAGES
Nestled between the sea and sun, Martinique is a treasure-trove that is unique among the Caribbean islands: an exceptional natural setting with running water, mountains, gardens and forests. Thanks to the island’s surface area of only 425 square miles, everything is easily accessible. Discover the diversity of Martinique’s landscapes, its cultural heritage, its French touch, and the quality of its modern infrastructure. It is a very safe island, where ethical tourism is the norm. Martinique is a genuine Caribbean jewel, come and discover everything it has to offer…
This small village is situated inland. The soil is fertile and the climate favorable for farming. You can go stroll through the forest on trails and bridges especially prepared for visitors.
This is essentially an agricultural town that dominates the region and offers a view onto the pineapple fields, which seem to stretch down all the way to the sea.
Fort De France
This is the business center and administrative capital of the island with many tourist attractions. Most of these attractions are grouped together around the city’s haven of greenery named La Savane (Savanna).
The airport, hippodrome horse racing course and industrial zones based in this town are three of the regional Department’s main centers of activity. The fields of sugar cane stretch out across the Lamentin plain all the way to the horizon.
The Rivière-Salée is a large plain that has been given over to growing sugar cane, although there is no rum distillery within the territory belonging to this district. On some houses, you can still see structures that date to the 19th century.
You can get here by car of course, but also on a ferry from Fort-de-France. The Pagerie Museum is in this town, set up on the spot where Empress Josephine was born. A number of musical and cultural events are organized in the Park of the Trois-Ilets close to the island’s magnificent golf club. You must not miss the Market or the Sugar Cane Museum. The pottery center, where the objects are handmade by local craft artists, is also worth a visit.