Vauclin Mountain, an incredible place

Vauclin Mountain, an incredible place

The trail follows the stations of the cross, but you will be dazzled by the view when you get to the top.

The reward is at the top, near the Chapel of Our Lady of Sorrows (aptly named) with a view that is ablaze with the vast panorama of pointed bays from the Caravelle peninsula to Sainte-Anne.

At 504m, Vauclin Mountain is the highest point in southern Martinique. You reach it via the small road that goes to Saint-Esprit. Though the hike is fairly easy, it is best to forego the sandals and wear proper footwear, as the slope may be slippery, especially if it has rained recently.

Along the trail, you will come across richly varied vegetation that will make you almost think you are in a botanical garden. There are mango and breadfruit trees, and bright red flowers everywhere. Benches may be found along the way that offer welcome respite, because the route is practically a real -life Way of the Cross, dotted with numbered white crosses to mark the pilgrim-hiker's progress.