Dubbed a "city of art and history" of French heritage in 1990, Saint Pierre owes this distinction as much to the dramatic eruption that destroyed the town center in 1902 as to the determination and talent of its inhabitants who, for more than a century, have reconstructed and embellished the city while preserving the marks that bear witness to this terrible natural catastrophe.  

Today, the former capital of Martinique (nicknamed in its day the "Little Paris of the Antilles") can be visited by strolling along the cobblestone streets to discover the restored ruins of old buildings, the volcanology museum or the splendid Chateau Depaz and its rum distillery.