La Savane


This rectangular park at the heart of Fort-de-France was created when a mangrove swamp was drained after the city became the capital. As well as a hallowed central lawn that nobody walks on, there are all sorts of spaces to sit and relax. A long strip of cafes, restaurants and bars along the western side serves as the city's main evening entertainment area. The park hosts everything from school sports days to rock concerts.

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1. Statue of Empress Josephine

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This statue of Empress Josephine holding a locket with a portrait of Napoléon in it stands in La Savane. In the 1990s the head was lopped off and red…

3. Bibliothèque Schoelcher

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Fort-de-France’s most visible landmark, the Bibliothèque Schoelcher is an elaborate, colorful building with a Byzantine dome and an interesting ornate…

4. Plage La Française

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This tiny but clean beach in front of the Fort St-Louis is a popular place to cool off right in the middle of Fort-de-France. Nearby is a playground…

5. Fort St-Louis

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The hulking fortress that gave the city its name lies on the far side of La Savane and dates from 1640, although most of what stands today is the result…

6. Cathédrale St-Louis

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With its neo-Byzantine style, flying buttresses and 57m steeple, the newly renovated and eye-pleasingly symmetrical Cathédrale St-Louis is one of Fort-de…

7. Palais de Justice

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The Palais de Justice, a neoclassical courthouse built in 1906, is two blocks northeast of the cathedral and can only be viewed from the outside. The…

8. Marché aux Poissons

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At the far end of Blvd du Général de Gaulle, this colorful and atmospheric place is best visited in the morning for the day’s fresh catch.