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MARTINIQUE


population… The mythical scents of our flowers, the enchanting rhythms of our native drums and dances, the unique flavours of our celebrated gastronomy and the omnipresence of our inspiring heritage; all combined to enchant and delight our visitors. The South has long white sandy beaches and lush vegetation. The Salines beach, the Baie des Anglais and the Fonds Blancs are examples of paradise on Earth. The North is all about luxuriant natural settings,


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Size: 1,100 sq miles Currency: Euro Population: 403 000 Language: French Main City: Fort de France Local Beer: Lorraine Dish of the Day: Colombo of chicken with white rice


magine paradise… a magical island with turquoise waters, a welcoming and generous


Martinique Tourism Authority: 2 rue des Moulins, 75001 Paris, France


T: 00 33 1 44 77 86 00 E: infos@martiniquetourisme.com W: martiniquetourisme.com La-Martinique-Fleur-des-Caraïbes @cmtMartinique


What’s New? You can now fly directly from Paris Charles de Gaulle from two to three times a week with XL Airways


wild mountainous landscapes, refreshing rivers and waterfalls. Martinique’s diverse landscapes


offer a wide range of activities and discoveries: hiking; kayaking; bird watching; dolphin watching; witnessing the egg-laying season of the red-footed tortoise; exploring the Aqwaland ecological park and visiting the Slave Savannah (a re-enactment of a maroon village); paragliding; horse riding; or simply lazing on the beach… Experiencing the other side of


Martinique means going back to the source and daily contact with nature; meeting the island’s men and women and indulging in the rich, simple experience of living with Martinicans, Martinique-Style. Martinique awaits you…


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An ideal base is Caravelle – two hours north and south.


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North: A panorama from the coastal road through St Mary; wild beaches; distillery St. James; Ajoupa Bouilon; scénic rainforest road; ‘Martinique Pompeii’ in St.Pierre; swimming at Le Carbet black beach; canal de Beauregard; Paul Gaugin Museum; Route des Traces with bathing in the waterfall Saut du Gendarme; botanical garden de Balata; Balata church – a replica of Sacre Coeur church in Paris; Fort de France- markets; cathedral; night life. Sotuh: Kayak du Robert with an island picnic; Chancel – blue lagoon, white sand and iguanas; snorkelling and diving in Anse d’Arlete; Anse Noir and Anse Dufour beaches; plantation and distillery museum Habitation Clément; kayak at Cap Chevalier; the picturesque St. Anne with its small


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Creole market; Les Salines – the most beautiful beaches on the island. MIlena Slezakova, Manager, La Directrice d´INDALO SPACE, Prague


MONTSERRAT


which is located 27 miles or a short 20 minutes’ flight from Antigua. The island combines breathtaking vistas and some of the friendliest people in the Caribbean with unique festivals and other events. There is also a distinctive blend of cuisine alongside an active volcano. A soon-to-be-built town centre in


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Carrs/Little Bay will offer residential and commercial activity.


Caribbean Treasure, Spectacular by Nature is the hallmark of Montserrat,


Montserrat Tourist Board: P.O. Box 7, Brades, Montserrat.


T: 001 664 491 2230 or 8730. E: info@montserrattourism.ms. W: visitmontserrat.com islandofmontserrat @VolcanoIsland


What’s New? Montserrat is looking to develop geothermal energy; the first geothermal well is completed, the second nearing completion


Still a British Territory, Montserrat


once hosted stars like Paul McCartney, Elton John, Stevie Wonder amongst others who came to the island in the 1980s to record their music at Air Studios, a recording studio built by former Beatles producer, Sir George Martin. Montserrat remains a haven for nature enthusiasts with its many hiking trails and dive/snorkel sites. Other activities include fishing, bird watching, turtle watching and views of the active Soufriere Hills Volcano and buried villages. Montserrat also showcases a number of unique festivals including the St. Patrick’s Festival in March, thanks to a rich Irish ancestry. There is also the Calabash Festival in


July, the Volcano Half Marathon in November/December, and a Literary Festival in November/December. The star attraction is the year-end Festival in December/January. In 2012/13 Montserrat celebrated 50 years of Festival! A number of unique


accommodation options around the island geared to suit all tastes and budgets is also available.


ESSENTIALS


Size: 40 sq miles Currency: East Caribbean dollar Population: 5,028 Main City: Brades Local Beer: Carib Dish of the Day: Goat water (goat stew)


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breeze and realise you have stumbled on a beautiful, tranquil gem. An island tour is a must to discover the island’s treasures. See the


devastation caused by the volcano, including the buried capital of Plymouth from safe vantage points. A boat tour round the island, allows views of Plymouth and other areas, this coupled with diving and or fishing is a rewarding experience.


Your tour guide will highlight our rich history including St. Patrick’s Day and why it is a public holiday here.


Walking shoes are essential as a hike or bird watching tour on one of our world class trails is a must .


Enjoy our national dish, goat water, a rich Irish stew with chunks of goat meat, served with bread; then catch up on the gossip at one of the several watering holes around the island. A day of relaxation can include a picnic and swim at one of our black sand beaches or at the only white sand beach of Rendezvous.


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