Martinique is a Caribbean island and holiday paradise featuring a blend of both Caribbean and French heritage. There are a tremendous variety of landscapes to discover close to Martinique holiday villas, from fantastic beaches towards the south, to the interior’s mountainous and volcanic scenery.
For those seeking a beach getaway, the southern coast of the island would be a fantastic setting for your holiday at Martinique self-catering accommodation, with fine white sand and clear blue waters. One of the best features of this shoreline is the barrier reef a little way off the coast, which creates calm, lagoon-like waters that are just perfect for swimming. Meanwhile the northern coast is no less spectacular, offering black volcanic sands, worth experiencing at Le Precheur and Le Carbet.
If you’d like to discover the island’s interior during your vacation at a holiday on villa on Martinique then you’ll find a rich verdant landscape that rewards anyone with an adventurous spirit. The north of the island is volcanic, and dominated by Mount Pelee, a volcano that erupted in 1902, causing widespread destruction. Along the Route de la Trace you can make your way through tropical rainforest and then climb the peak for wonderful views of the island. On the way you’ll encounter waterfalls and rivers.
At Martinique holiday accommodation you’ll have a wealth of amenities and attractions available. At Trois-Ilets there’s the Empress Josephine Golf Course, which offers 18 holes in a spectacular setting. There are also all kinds of water sports on offer on the island; especially diving, thanks to the warm waters and coral reefs of the Caribbean coast. Meanwhile off the coast of Saint Pierre you’ll be able to explore shipwrecks.
A good destination for an excursion during your stay at a self-catering villa on Martinique would be Fort-de-France, the island’s capital. Fort Saint-Louis is a stunning fortress overlooking the harbour, which today serves as both a base for the French navy and a museum featuring artefacts from various eras in Martinique’s history. There’s also plenty of attractive colonial architecture around the city, including the library, markets, squares and churches.
If you head for a holiday villa on Martinique between December and May you’ll encounter mostly dry warm weather, with temperatures rising to 30 degrees during the day. The rest of the year can bring some wet and unsettled weather, but temperatures rarely slip below 20 degrees.
If you’re travelling from the UK, the best way to reach Martinique self-catering villas would be to fly from London City (LCY) airport to Paris-Orly (ORY) with CityJet, band then catch a flight with Corsairfly to Martinique Aime Cesaire International Airport (FDF).