Classified as historic momument, the Fort Saint-Louis is the priviledged witness of the History of Martinique and most of all of the city of Fort-de-France. It is the prestigious keeper of its historical and cultural patrimony, army, and unique culture of the Carribean Sea.
Standing in the heart of the city, dominating the surroundings and the Flamands’ Bay, the fortress stands out by its exceptional military architecture from the 17th and 18th Centuries.
A rocky promontory of about 600 meters long by 100 meters wide, dug, recut, covered with andesite and that rises 40 meters above the waves, “Fort Royal”, renamed “Fort Saint Louis” since 1802, is the center piece of Martinique’s and Fort-de-France defensive arsenal. Since the 17th century, the fortress has retained its military mission. It hosts the headquaters of the French Navy Command.
It is both the city’s oldest building and one of the best preserved fortresses in the Caribbean.
Follow the guide through a maze of bastions, casemates, sentry walks to discover the history and architecture of the site that will be traced to you during a visit of more than one hour.
Guided Tour available in French and English (other languages upon request).
Duration : 1:15
Departures : every hour from 9am to 12pm and from 2pm to 4pm
Availability : From Tuesdays to Saturdays – and every day there is a cruise ship in Fort-de-France bay.
Price: 8€ per adult / 4€ per child from 6 to 14.
Location: Fort-de-France seaside downtown (alking distance to Pointe Simon and Baie des Tourelles cruise port).