Martinique's cultural heritage is as varied as its natural setting. The majority of the population is of African origin, but there are also Indian and European roots thrown into the mix. Even though the island is about 7,000 kilometres away from the French mainland, the influences stemming from the mother country are hard to ignore. French is the official language of Martinique. But if you expect standard French to be spoken all the time, you will be in for a surprise. Many Martinicans speak charming Martinican Creole, which is influenced by English and various African languages. The island is covered in brasseries, crêperies and seafood restaurants that serve a culinary blend of French and Creole cuisine. During your language study trip to Martinique, be sure to take inspiration from the islanders' love of life – on a stroll through the colourful markets, at one of the music festivals or around Carnival time, when the islanders dress up in flamboyant costumes and the entire island is filled with rhythmic beats.