You’ll get off the beaten track here and discover exotic flora and fauna, colourful birdlife, historic forts, and white sand beaches lapped by azure seas. Exploring the islands of Martinique and Guadeloupe gives you a real sense of the Franco-Caribbean heritage the French Antilles have to offer. Both islands are overseas regions of France, yet the scenery is distinctly that of the Caribbean combined with Gallic flair and flavours.
Our journey begins on Martinique, where Napoleon’s Empress Josephine was born. Bustling Fort-de-France is its capital, and where you’ll find the historic fort, the Grande Marché and cathedral. Our hotel is in Trois Ilets across the bay from the capital, which is easily reached by ferry. Our island walks take us from the Caravelle peninsula with its extensive plantation ruins and Château Dubuc to Anses d’Arlet with beautiful beaches and waterside restaurants. We’ll take a boat trip along the island’s coast and admire the stunning views of Mt Pelée, which dominates the island.
Nearby Guadeloupe is an archipelago, with its two main islands in the shape of a butterfly. We’ll spend our time walking on the more mountainous western island of Basse-Terre, home to the wild Guadaloupe National Park. Here we’ll explore the Soufriere volcano, hike to a waterfall and visit Rifflet, the location for TV’s Death in Paradise. Our walk takes us along its picturesque coastline and to the Reserve Cousteau, where we’ll enjoy a glass bottom boat trip. We’ll also island hop over to Terre de Haut, the largest of the Les Saintes islands to enjoy a walk and visit its only village, Bourg des Saintes.
Our outward journey takes us via St Lucia with a one night stay. On the return we stay one night in Barbados, making the most of our stopover with a visit to Sunbury Plantation. A wonderful note on which to finish a Caribbean holiday!