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Pretty Fort de France is the capital of the Caribbean island of Martinique. It’s also the largest city in the West Indies, and is known for its colourful colonial architecture and serene beaches. Walking through town is an experience in itself – bring along your camera to capture ornate iron balconies spilling with flowers and impressive facades. The city takes its name from the Fort St-Louis – an enormous fortress which dates all the way back to 1640. You’ll find it in verdant park La Savane, and you can head up to the roof to take in sweeping views of the gardens and bay. There are a couple more sights you should pencil onto your itinerary on Fort de France cruises, such as the Cathédrale St-Louis, with its unusual neo-Byzantine architecture and steeple soaring 57m into the sky. Thanks to its colourful exterior and intricate details, the Bibliothèque Schoelcher is one of the most distinctive buildings in Fort de France. As afternoon turns into evening, grab yourself a place on the Plage La Française – a compact and attractive beach right in the middle of the town – to watch the sunset. Grab dinner at any one of the city’s many eateries, or grab the catch of the day from the bustling and lively Marché aux Poissons.
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