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Hiking in Martinique: Top 10 hikes not to be missed!


Hiking in Martinique: Top 10 hikes not to be missed!

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Thinking about hiking in Martinique? You are at the right place! In addition to its beautiful sandy beaches and coconut palms, Martinique is famous for its various slopes. Nearly 250 km of trails to be covered between its mountains and volcanoes…enough to delight hiking lovers that you are! The island of flowers offers beautiful excursions in nature, with or without a guide, whatever your level. With this top 10 hikes not to be missed in Martinique, discover the richness of the island and go on an adventure!

For a wild hike in Martinique, let’s go to the Savannah!

1) Petrified Savannah – medium

With its 4 km length, this trail will amaze you. Of exceptional beauty, the Petrified Savannah will allow you to observe different landscapes. The trail starts at Anse à Prunes, a charming little deserted and wild beach and ends at Anse Trabaud. You will start the hike once you have crossed this famous little wooden bridge linking the edges of a marsh. In the middle of an arid area, you will think you are in a kind of small desert. The place is rather atypical! You will finish the course once you will see the Pointe d’Enfer. Not far from there, the Anse Trabaud, this superb white sand beach and its turquoise water which rises in front of you. A beautiful nature hike just the way we like it.

An excursion for the sporty and the most seasoned!

2) Le Prêcheur / Grand Rivière – Difficult

The most seasoned among you will not leave Martinique without having tried the experience of the trail of the Prêcheur / Grand Rivière. Bring good walking shoes as it is a 4 to 6-hour hike! You will be amazed by the diversity of the landscapes. Between deserted beaches, rivers and an immersion in the rainforest, let yourself be charmed by this incredible walk. Alternate passages in the forest in the middle of a luxuriant vegetation, cross small brooks, walk along the beach… Admire the overhanging view of Anse des Galets. An ascent to the Petit Morne (359 m) is to be expected, so be prepared. In short, a simply heavenly setting! We recommend that you come back by fishing boat to vary the pleasures and rest from this long adventure. Don’t forget to reserve your place in advance!

3) Morne Larcher – Difficult

A hike you can’t miss if you want to have a beautiful view of the Diamond Rock..The ascent of the Morne Larcher. More than 400 m of difference in height under your feet to exalt you of the magnificent Diamond. The view on the superb cove of the same name will amaze you as well. You can take the walk one way or the other, from the Petite Anse to Anse Cafard, or the other way around. It is a 3-hour hike and is accessible to the most determined among you. A part of the site is even classified so much its landscape is captivating, that’s to say you!

Walk, climb, jump, the acrobatic hikes of Martinique with point of view!

4) Pelee Mountain – difficult

In the category of volcanic summit, we ask for Pelee Mountain! From the top of its 1395 m, Mount Pelee is the highest point of Martinique. A breathtaking view of the bay of Saint-Pierre will rise before your eyes!

The fastest among you will take the Grande Savane trail (du Prêcheur), the shortest but also the steepest. If you like to take your time and have a good physical condition, choose the Morne Macouba trail (from Grand Rivière). The Aileron trail (from the 1st Morne Rouge hut to 820 m) is accessible to average hikers. On this trail, you will alternate between some steep slopes, rock climbing and fern forests. When you reach the first plateaus, punctuate your walk by the beautiful loop of the Caldeira before reaching the Chinese summit. These are undoubtedly the most beautiful excursions of the island! We advise you to leave very early in the morning because the weather can be capricious.

5) Piton Crève-Cœur Trail – Medium

Heading for an ancient volcanic peak 200 m high; the Piton Crève-Coeur. Marvel at the panoramic view of the Sainte-Anne Peninsula and the Baie des Anglais. A short climb of 1h30 with a breathtaking view at the end! Be careful, bring real walking shoes and be careful on the cliffs … The departure is near an old sugar refinery between the Bareto and Crève-Coeur neighborhoods at Sainte-Anne. For the return trip, take the same path.

6) Didier’s waterfalls – easy to difficult

A last acrobatic hike for the road..Didier’s Waterfalls! You will reach the first waterfall in about twenty minutes. This first path is rather nice. On the other hand, to reach the second one you will have to mobilize a little more force. Expect to climb with a rope and meet several other obstacles. Apparently, it would also be advisable to equip yourself with a flashlight. You may come across some bats along the way..You’ll tell us about them! In short, some nice adrenaline rushes in perspective!

The longest hike in Martinique for a superb walk in nature.

7) Presqu’île de la Caravelle Trail – Easy to medium

An integral part of the Regional Natural Park of Martinique, the Caravelle is almost 15 km long in the ocean. To the East of the municipality of Trinité, this 400-hectare nature reserve is home to a rich fauna and diverse flora.

Discover this authentic landscape from the road to Château Dubuc. From the remains of the castle, head towards the highest point (148 m) of the Caravelle, the famous lighthouse, via the wide path. Enjoy the incredible views of the cliffs and savannahs as well as the bay of Trésor. A sumptuous panoramic show just for your eyes. If you take the small path, you will be amazed by the mangrove swamp (a landscape specific to the coastline of tropical zones). This path is more adapted if you leave with your children because in addition to being shorter, it is shaded. A piece of advice, leave as soon as possible in case the weather gets worse.

As a family, you can also enjoy the most beautiful walks on the island.

8) Saut Gendarme – Easy

Another must-see of your hikes in Martinique if you go on an adventure with your family, the Saut Gendarme. You will appreciate this short walk of about twenty minutes punctuated by a fresh dip. Located in Fonds-Saint-Denis, this trail will be accessible to you by the Route de la Trace in the middle of the tropical forest. A wild and green landscape that will captivate your attention and will introduce you little by little to the site. A few steps to go down, a wooden pontoon to cross and a small brook to climb, here you are at the waterfall! The beautiful little waterfall nestled in a green setting where you can picnic and refresh yourself. Be careful, you can dip your feet in it, but swimming is forbidden.

9) The Saint Mary’s Tombolo – Easy

Located on the northeast coast of Martinique, the Tombolo de Sainte-Marie intrigues… The Tombolo is this small strip of sand that connects the Sainte-Marie islet, a protected nature reserve, to the rest of the island. With the swell of the Atlantic Ocean, you will only be able to reach the peninsula on foot from January to April. The rest of the year, it is unfortunately missed for you. The strip of sand is underwater and it is not possible to cross it. Ask at the dub. Make sure of the tide level, even in good times. You will almost think you are walking on the water, on this sandbank lost in the middle of the ocean. It’s quite impressive! Once on the other side, enjoy the breathtaking view and the trails that the islet offers.

Martinique: the refreshing hike par excellence, with friends or lovers.

10) Les Gorges de la Falaise – easy to medium

Would you like an unusual and refreshing hike? Direction the Gorges de la Falaise ! Equip yourself with good water shoes and let’s go for an excursion in the water! Yes yes, you got it. You will hike & swim in the water of the gorges all day long. A great experience in a natural pool surrounded by lush vegetation awaits you. At the end of your walk/swim, you will find a magnificent waterfall near which you can relax after your walk/swim. In short, we advise you to practice your breaststroke in advance…!

The hikes of Martinique have no more secrets for you. So, what are you waiting for?

1 km on foot, it wears out, it wears out, 1 km on foot, it wears out the shoes… With this top 10 hikes not to be missed in Martinique, the island of flowers will no longer have any secrets for you. Explore the richness of Martinique from its heights, rivers, waterfalls, in the water, along the beach … in short from different angles!


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