When Christopher Columbus discovered Martinique island in 1493 he said this was the most beautiful place in the world. Immediately afterwards, he decided to call it San Martín, in honor of the saint. Before this colonization, the area was inhabited by the Arawak and Caribbean Indians, who called their territory Madinina ("island of flowers"). Although the British attempted to occupy it briefly during the 18th-19th centuries, it has finally been kept under French control since 1635. The tourism It represents a very important part of its economy.
Every year hundreds of thousands of visitors are drawn to its picturesque landscape volcanic, its beaches of fine black or white sand and its beautiful vegetation (sugar, palm, bananas and pineapples). The location of the island also makes it a stopover point for different cruises. Visitors will appreciate the French and Creole heritage of Martinique Island, as it is clearly reflected in their customs, food and Languages.
The majority of Martinicans are of mixed descent, being descendants of the colonists French 17th century and slaves brought from Africa to work on the island's plantations. In addition, visitors will not be able to escape the live music performances that constantly resonate throughout the island. his music Most popular is similar to meringue. Locals are proud of it and because of that, you can constantly hear it everywhere.
Finally, you should not leave the island without trying the Ron, which is considered one of the best in the world. A while ago, it received the prestigious French label "appellation d'origine contrôlée" that was previously only reserved for cheeses and wines French.
Martinique Island Guide (January 2022)