Discover Martinique while staying in Fort-de-France

Fort-de-France is a French city, the administrative centre for the overseas department of Martinique, with nearly 90 000 inhabitants. The city has both an important economic and trade position in the Lesser Antilles archipelago.
Between 1635 and 1807, Fort-de-France had different names: Cul-de-Sac-Royal, Fort-Royal, Fort-de-la-République, etc. At first, the marshy territory only had a few houses, including the governor's home. Much work was required to make the land and air healthy. The city then had periods of development which were destroyed several times by natural and man-made catastrophes: earthquakes, hurricanes, fires, etc. At the beginning of the 20th century, a volcanic eruption destroyed the city of Saint-Pierre, making Fort-de-France Martinique's first city.
Currently, the city extends along the volcanic chain of the Pitons du Carbet, to the coast which gives Fort-de-France a particularly rich topography with significant variations of altitude, cliffs, beaches etc. Vegetation also differs according to the altitude: mesophilic vegetation that grows in a somewhat damp climate at low altitudes, and hygrophilic vegetation (presence of vines and large trees that grow in damp environments) starting at 700 meters.
Due to a damp, tropical climate, temperatures are relatively high all year long, with an average temperature of 26.5°C, and important rainfall. Note that the rainy season in Martinique is also hurricane season between the months of July and October.

Reserve your flight to Fort-de-France at the best price with Air France

You can reserve online at flights to Fort-de-France , departing from airports in the United Kingdom. Air France offers flights that stopover in Paris with a connecting flight that is direct to Martinique's Aimé Césaire International airport, located 10 km from Fort-de-France. Air France has about ten flights a week between Fort-de-France and Paris. Travel time between London and Martinique is about 13 hours, and there is a 5-hour time difference. For a comfortable flight and stay in the Antilles, we recommend that you read Travel tips .
Take advantage of your stay in Fort-de-France to discover Creole cuisine and visit Fort Saint-Louis, the city's oldest building (17th century). You may also admire many remnants from the 19th century, such as the Pavilion Bougenot, the Mackau and Gueydon Fountains, the Schoelcher Library, Martinique's Prefecture, etc. Take time to visit the Museum of Pre-Colombian Archaeology and Prehistory in Martinique as well as the Museum of History and Ethnography in Martinique to learn more about the island's history and its people.
Would you like to recharge your batteries in a lush environment? You can hike (marked trails) to the heart of the tropical forest. Finally, relax on sandy beaches and soak up the sun!
If you would like to take advantage of your stay in Fort-de-France to visit Martinique or French Guiana, Air France offers direct flights to Pointe-à-Pitre and Cayenne.

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