Once upon a time, sailors, pirates and buccaneers sailed the turquoise waters around the Windward Islands of the Lesser Antilles. Martinique is one of them. In the heart of the Caribbean archipelago, this overseas region of France, located 7,000 km away from the mother country, neighbours the islands of Dominica, Guadeloupe and Saint Lucia. Blue sky, warm water and radiant sun await you on this postcard-perfect land.
With its sugar cane fields, majestic volcanoes, mystical forests, spectacular fauna and highly developed ecotourism, Martinique is a paradise for all nature lovers.
The island has had an agitated past, marked by the war of influence between European colonial empires and the dark period of slavery. After the introduction of the rum trade in the 17th century, the 19th century saw many distilleries and a dynasty of traders, called the “rum-makers”, settle on the island, ensuring work and prosperity to the locals for decades.
Today, Martinique relies on a flourishing tourism industry. With its white sandy beaches, giant coconut trees, preserved nature and legendary local banter, the island will soon seduce you. The weather is another asset of this French territory at the other end of the world: from November until March, the temperatures are around 24 degrees – ideal for studying in the sun!