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Martinique is the refined French Caribbean island by definition – stylish and elegant, a true natural paradise. Covered with ruins and monuments, Martinique is French, with some interruptions, since 1635 and offers wonderful beaches, superb food and an active volcano. The cultivation of bananas and sugar cane, rum production and tourism are important economic factors for the island.

The Empress Josephine, Napoleon’s wife, was born in Martinique, as well as Aimée Dubuc de Rivery, who was kidnapped at sea and became the Valide Sultana, mother of Sultan Mahmoud II turkish. His numerous small museums focus on curiosities such as dolls, banana cultivation and ancient civilization on the island. Lovers of hiking and horseback riding will have at their disposal numerous adventure tours on the steep, lush hills of Martinique. Those who practice surf and windsurf not resist the challenges of the variable winds of the Atlantic coast of the island.

The capital, Fort-de-France, offers chic shops, the flowered park of Savanne, the Bibliothèque Schoelcher and the cathedral of Saint-Louis, built in 1895 Here are some of the best restaurants on the island. Pointe du Bout is the main tourist island, with hotels, golf, shops and casinos. North along the coast is St. Pierre, which was destroyed, with its 30,000 inhabitants, by the eruption of Pelée. The museum of volcanology exhibits memorabilia covered with lava, high-impact. Carbet, a quaint fishing village, hosted for some time the French painter Paul Gauguin, and inland is Morne Rouge, home of the plantation MacIntosh, which produces the anthurium, known flower of Martinique. Do not miss a visit to at least one of the 12 rum distilleries on the island. The island has an official designation from France for the production of agricultural rum (value label like Cognac and Champagne).

AIRPORTS / FLYING TIMES

Airport: Lamentin International Airport (FDF) – a large modern terminal. From the airport to Fort-de-France-10 km, Pointe du Bout-20 km, 35 km Sainte-Anne, Sainte-Pierre 42 km. Flying: New York-4 hours 30 minutes. Montreal-5 hours. Paris-7 hours. Miami-3 hours 30 minutes.

There are direct flights from the UK, but Air France flies from Paris. British Airways, bmi and Virgin Atlantic flights from the UK to Saint Lucia with Air Cariabes connecting flights and arrive in Lamentin International Airport (FDF).

CLIMATE: Average temperatures are around 26 degrees C. Average humidity is 75%. The rainy season runs from late August until October. Indicative Timetable alba-05.30. Indicative Timetable sunset -18.15.

DINING: Restaurants available: local. Fast food. French. Gourmet. Internazionale. Chinese. Creole. Vietnamese. Eastern. The service is generally reckoned, otherwise tipping is at your discretion. The dress code is casual.

LANGUAGE: French is the official language. Creole is spoken locally. In tourist areas English is also spoken.

NIGHTLIFE: Entertainment available includes Clubs, Nightclubs, Comedy Clubs, Dinners with dancing, Theaters. Casino at the Meridien Hotel and Bateliere Plaza, Cinema and Live Music.

SIGHTSEEING:
– Fort-de-France, the capital;
– The Pagerie, birthplace of the most famous daughter of Martinique, the Empress Josephine;
– Diamond Rock;
– Botanical Gardens with over a thousand varieties of tropical plants and local authorities;
– Fighting roosters;
– St Pierre and the ruins of the eruption of Pelee volcano (the Pompeii of the New World);
– Museum volcanology;
– Chateau Dubuc;
– Pelee Volcano.



September 4, 2014
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