St Pierre & Rum Distillery
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Travel through the rain forest with a stop en route at Balata Church. This replica of the Paris' Sacred Heart Basilica offers a spectacular view of Fort-de-France and the bay.
Visit the Depaz Rum Distillery, one of the best distilleries on the island, for an explanation of the production process. Taste the famous Agricol rum of Martinique.
A ten-minute drive brings you to Saint Pierre -- perhaps the most famous place on Martinique, albeit for tragic reasons. In 1902, a volcanic eruption killed 30,000 people in the town. The sole survivor was a prisoner kept in an underground dungeon.
Visit the vulcanology museum.
Return to Fort-de-France via several fishing villages, including Le Carbet, where Christopher Columbus landed in 1502. Paul Gaugin lived and painted here in 1887.
As you pass through Bellefontaine, watch for the house that is shaped like a boat, and Schœlcher Village, named for the man who fought for the release of slaves in the French West Indies.