Fort-de-France is Martinique's lively, unmistakably French capital. The largest city on this stunning Caribbean island is surrounded by steep green hills onto which cling a bewildering array of houses.
Tropical Fort-de-France is renowned for its colonial architecture, and many key buildings are made of iron. These include the extraordinary 19th century Cathédrale St-Louis, which was rebuilt in 1978, and the Schoelcher Library, which was built for the 1889 Paris World Fair and shipped to the island piece by piece.
The stylish, rectangular park of La Savane is home to a statue of Napoleon’s wife, Joséphine, a native of Martinique.