First goal: The flora
Research and writing: Sylvie Berthiaume
A true jewel of smells, colors and flavors, the North of Martinique in the small French Antilles, truly deserve the nicknames of "The Island of flowers" and "The island of the winds".
Even in the North, its other nickname "The island of eternal summer" fullfils its promises with its ideal yearly temperature in average of 26 degrees Celsius.
It is also and especially the site of the spectacular volcano of the Mountain Pelee, at 1,400 meters of altitude, and its surrounding rainforest.
See and feel
Either during hikes in the nature of the vast regional park, or visits in large landscaped gardens such as the Emerald Domain, the Balata Gardens, or Céron Housing, visitors are constantly sought by the exuberance of the lianas, tree ferns measuring 2 meters, cactus candles, acacias, mahogany, and flora as elegant as colored.
Among the countless endemic flowers: The Porcelain Rose, the Hibiscus, the Balisier, the Caribbean, the Bougainvillea, the Pineapple Red-mountain, the Queen of Malaysia, the Flamboyant, the Red Ixora, the Leucena white heads, the traveller tree which rises up to 20 meters in the air…
The fruit trees are numerous: Banana, mango, jackfruit, clementine trees, etc. The cocoa plantations and their drinks make also the reputation of the island.
If we spend a day at the Céron Housing, we shall observe crayfish basins, and especially taste them deliciously served at La plancha.
Kitchen side, as we are in a French and Creole territory, it goes without saying that it is filled in more than 350 small, medium and large restaurants.
At the inhabitant, in the trees, in a boutique hotel or one of great luxury, everything is possible in Martinique.
In the North, why not in the very friendly and intimate hamlet of the Morne des Cadets.
A glance at history
It is in Martinique that Empress Josephine, famous wife of Napoleon Bonaparte, was born.
And if you also dream about farniente
After having amply benefited from the North, you might want to also see the South of the island, for its white sand beaches and its salty air.
Will you choose the Atlantic or the Caribbean Sea side?