Welcome to the town of Trois-Ilets, mainly focused on tourism with its districts of Anse Mitan, Anse à l’Âne and Pointe du Bout. Hotels, restaurants, shops and bars are concentrated in these places where you will have the opportunity to discover in particular the Creole village and the village of Pottery in order to eat and buy local products and souvenirs. In terms of activities, you will find in this town diving clubs, catamaran excursions, paddle outings, beaches, casino, tree climbing, cultural outings (Musée de la Pagerie or Musée de la Canne) or even golf courses. In terms of services, a post office and banks are located in the town. You can also hike the Hauts de la Pagerie and the Plateau de La Talante or even from the Espérance sports trail to the beaches of Anse Mitan or Anse à l’Âne.
To reach the starting point of the hike, starting from Fort-de-France, join the A1 expressway then go towards the south of the island (N5). you will go through two roundabouts in the town of Ducos (business areas) then two other roundabouts in the town of Rivière-Salée. Take the exit just after this last roundabout, indicating the direction of Trois-Îlets (D7). After a 10-minute drive, you will pass the Mangofil sign, then the Pottery Village and just after the Cane Museum. Follow the direction of Pointe du Bout to orient yourself towards the village of Trois-Îlets. Pass the village, still in the direction of Pointe du Bout then you will follow the golf course of the town. Arriving at the roundabout, take the second exit towards Anse à l’Âne (D7). After two minutes on the road, turn to your right under a kind of arch (In general, there is a seller of buccaneer chickens on weekends at the level of the intersection) to find yourself in the parking lot of the sports course of the ‘Hope. Here you are at the starting point of the hike!
The car park is not very spacious but you will not have too much difficulty parking.
L’Espérance – Anse Mitan
The Espérance-Anse Mitan hike is accessible to the whole family. The length of the route is 3.2 kilometers and the elevation gain of 81 m is low. In terms of time, it will take you 2h00 to 2h30 round trip or 1h30 one way if you choose to leave a vehicle on each side of hiking (advice).
If however the health course is closed, there is a passage to the left of the gate to be able to access it.
Go back to the sports course to observe that it is well laid out between picnic tables, walking paths and games for children, this site is ideal for a sporting outing with the family.
The starting point is on your left and begins with a long staircase.
This staircase leads you to the top of the hill where you will have the opportunity to have several panoramas on the bay of Génipa. Unfortunately the sun was not there to fully enjoy the view.
Continue your hike on the footpath to arrive at a fork. Arrived at the level of a staircase which takes you back down from the hill, you will have a path on your left which goes into the forest. Borrow it.
Continue straight and you will have the opportunity to observe new panoramas.
After passing through a slight clearing, the path becomes increasingly rocky, be careful not to fall.
You will see on your right, a pond, a location point that you are only a few minutes from the next junction.
At this junction, take on your left, the path is the access path to Fort d’Alet (difficult to access because of the vegetation during my hike). To better guide you, you can follow the strips of red and yellow colors in the trees.
Go further on the path to find yourself next to this panel and facing the rubalise. You have two choices:
- The first is to turn left and follow the direction of the sign to direct you to the beach of Anse à l’Âne.
- The second is to head towards Anse Mitan, so pass under the rubalise to catch up with the road that takes you to this beach and which will be at the end of the trail.
Path to Anse Mitan
Path to the Anse à l’Âne
Pursue your objective towards Anse Mitan passing under the rubalise. (I will do another article soon for the path to Anse à l’Âne.)
The trail descends to a road. Turn right and follow this road to reach Anse Mitan beach.
At this sign, you can choose a few meters later to go along the side or to go by the road to reach the cove.
Passage to join the path on the edge of the coast (Be careful because we do not necessarily see the passage)
Continue straight ahead to reach Anse Mitan beach.
Take the opportunity to refresh yourself there and/or eat in the restaurants on the beach. (You are 10 minutes walk from the Creole Village)
It’s up to you to discover it now!
|In terms of advice,
Ø Traffic in Martinique: During the week, you will face traffic jams around industrial or commercial areas, especially in the morning, in the direction of the South (Rivières Salée, N5) to the North (Fort-de-France, A1) and from the East (Robert, N1) to the North (Fort-de-France, A1), from 7 am to 9.30 am, and vice versa at the end of the evening from 5 pm to 6.30 pm. Think about your route in order to adapt to this traffic which can be dense and easily waste time.
Ø Equipment: Good pair of sneakers or hiking shoes, light clothing, hiking bag (knife, flashlight, raincoat, cap, sunglasses, sunscreen, mosquito repellent).
– Difficulty: 4 out of 10, slightly sporty course, possible for the whole family. Slight climbs at the beginning of the course to warm you up.
– In normal times, always start hiking as early as possible in the morning. The daytime heat during minimal sporting activity can become quite stifling. This hike is mostly in the shade in the forest.
– Go at your own pace and plan the time you will need based on your physical condition.
– Most important, always a bottle of water per person and something to snack in your bag. With the heat, all fairly physical hikes can be dangerous with fatigue.
Miscellaneous: you can visit the Musée de la Pagerie, the Savane des Esclaves, the Maison de la Canne or go for lunch at the Village de la Poterie and Village Créole. You can also hike the Hauts de la Pagerie and enjoy the panorama over the bay of Génipa.
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