There are such words in the world that are understandable to everyone. Gor example, the Caribbean. You say "the Caribbean" - and everyone thinks of a paradise. However, no matter how large and varied it is, even in paradise everyone can find a favorite place. It seemed to me that the island of Martinique is the best in the region. If I ever be asked to choose the Caribbean paradise, I will show this point without any hesitation. Although paradise in my mind is on the other side of the world, but today we are talking about the Caribbean!
, as well as the French part of the island of Saint Martin, is the territory of France. When our cruise ship came in the port, we were met by a warship.
When you go down the ladder from the ship, you are immediately surrounded by the taxi drivers, ready to take you wherever you want, and most importantly, for any price)).
Particularly enterprising local people offer a large minivan for the price of 30 or 40 Euros per person (as of 2015). This is quite uncomfortable, it is much more interesting to take the whole car for 150 Euros and decide on your own where to go, without listening to anyone). So I did. I was lucky with the driver because he spoke English very well.
is the Martinique's capital and largest city on the island.
Near the cruise port, there is an old fort. Tourists willing to lie on a beautiful beach usually go there. Because it is the nearest one.
I decided to visit all the important places and we went inland from Fort-de-France.
When you are driving through Martinique, there's a feeling that you drive through alpine villages: the same highway spirals, only under the bright Caribbean sun.
Our first stop was a beautiful church of Balata. Experts will easily recognize Paris Sacré Coeur in it.
You can easily take pictures in the Catholic churches.
As soon as we drove from Fort-de-France in the mountains, my lungs immediately felt fresh air. It seems that the Lord tried to fit all his most important wealth on small Martinique. Snow-white beaches with clear blue water are side by side with the jungle, mountain rivers and waterfalls. Everyone should see this at least once.
This is a small river called Alma.
Our next stop is the waterfall called Cascade de Saut Gendarme.
After walking under the hot sun, it's so nice to refresh yourself in a cool lake.
The island of Martinique is of volcanic origin and the highest mountain on the island is called
. There's no highways to get there, but there is a beautiful route for hiking. Of course, there was no time to climb it - cruises, alas, give only a few hours for each island. I stopped in a beautiful village at the foot of the mountain.
That's how people live near the volcano. There's always a risk that it will wake up and hide a small settlement under a thick layer of ash.
Martinique, as well as many other Caribbean islands, was discovered by famous Christopher Columbus. This happened back in 1502. The island was inhabited by the Indians - the Caribs. The Spaniards did not find gold here and did not show much interest in the island and in 1635 the French came here. The French killed all the Caribs and brought here African slaves to work on plantations.
Originally, they cultivated cotton and tobacco on the island and then sugarcane and coffee.
They produce rum in Martinique. Our next stop was a factory where a pirates' drink is produced. I did not know that so many names of one of my favorite alcoholic "delicacies" are produced in small Martinique.