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The Petrification Savannah

Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Martinique

The Petrification Savannah - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Martinique

Located to the far south of Martinique, at the tip of the Sainte-Anne peninsula, the Petrification Savannah looks like none of the island's other landscapes. In the middle of an arid, desert-like area lies an amazing territory that has something lunar about it. The place owes its strange name to the fact that fossilised pieces of wood and even trees could once be admired there. In fact it is the oldest part of Martinique, along with the Caravelle peninsula. Today, sadly, because the area has been widely pillaged, these geological remains have disappeared, to the great dismay of Martinique's environmental protection agencies.

Popular with walking fans, the path that goes through the Petrification Savannah is a small part of the famous Capes Trail (Trace des Caps) hike. It begins here next to Plum Cove (Anse à Prunes) and its lovely sandy beach. As you go along, you see the vegetation gradually disappear, in striking contrast to the start of the walk. Along the way, you can also enjoy some breath-taking views of the coast, especially at the Hell Headland (Pointe d'Enfer). Here, the sea is often rough and the powerful waves crash against the cliff…

Not far from the Petrification Savannah, you can take a break to appreciate the charms of the beach at the Big Cove of Les Salines (Grande Anse des Salines), whose fine sand, coconut trees and turquoise sea delight sunbathers.

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