Trois Ilets: The Village de la Poterie

Down a very red, clay road in Trois-Ilets is the Village de la Poterie. It is primarily a tourist attraction at this point but if you are going to see a tourist attraction, this is one I would recommend. The pottery is beautiful and each artist has his or her own style. If you’re looking for a place to get souvenirs, this is definitely the place to go. In addition to several pottery shops, there’s a Martinican food shop, a soap shop, and a souvenir shop.

red road

If you go on a weekday, you have a good chance of finding artisans at work, but even on a Saturday we managed to see a woman painting clay figurines. (I would not recommend going anywhere that requires a staff on a Sunday because most of those places will be closed. Including restaurants and grocery stores.)

pottery

This trip can be as long or as short as you want. We chose to wander through each store, but if you’re in a bit of a rush, here are the ones I would recommend. Go to all of the pottery stores. Each style is different and they’re all worth seeing.
The soap store is also lovely. They have flavors like chocolate, banana, guava, peach and everything else you could possibly want. They have great gift options as well and it’s fun to walk around and smell the different kinds of soap.

soap shop

The food store is hugely overpriced for things like coffee and chocolate—you can find these things in any Carrefour at a fraction of the price. However, it’s worth it to go in and sample some of the homemade beverages—they have about every variety of punch that you could possibly want to try. You may choose to buy one or two, although you should always be careful with homemade beverages in Martinique. Often, the owners recycle jars and bottles, and they become significantly less strong in my experience from the repeated use. If you are going to get one of these, wrap it up very well in plastic so that if it breaks it doesn’t make your clothes smell like Punch Coco for the rest of their existence.
There are a few restaurants in the Village de la Poterie but they looked fairly pricey. They also have a kayaking place where you can see the mangroves for 18 euros for 1.5 hours. Skip it. You can go see better mangroves in the south at a fraction of the price. The reason it’s so steep in Trois Ilets is because all the tourists flock to Trois Ilets.

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