Walk in Bridgetown… and discover the rich history of the capital of the barbadian, march to the beat of the guns –literally, since hundreds had been installed in the city to prepare for a French invasion that never came. The colorful buildings alongside historic buildings and religious buildings, such as St. Patrick’s cathedral, classified world Heritage of Unesco since 2011.
Visit a distillery… and a “rum shop”. Island of birth claimed by the rum, Barbados has integrated this drink in their inheritance. The Mount Gay Rum Distillery takes you through the history of this alcohol of molasses and offers a tasting of the different versions, whether pure or in a cocktail. For an experience barbadian original appointment in the late afternoon in a “rum shop”, where the rum is bought… the bottle, for direct consumption, in the midst of heated discussions at the edge of the coast.
Swim with the turtles in Carlisle Bay. Carlisle bay, with its crystalline waters and its white sand, is, as in the pictures, a true paradise on earth. In addition to the breathtaking scenery, you can swim with turtles become accustomed to the arrival of lifeguards and tour guides who appâtent with a few pieces of fish… you can see It with a simple duo mask and snorkel, enough to admire them without approaching it. For those who are not located directly on Carlisle Bay, several companies offer excursion by catamaran to get there and offer a head-to-head unforgettable with these animals in danger of extinction. Also see the wreck of the “Berwyn”, a trawler, French, sunk in 1919.
Crop over. This festival marks each year the end of the sugar cane harvest. At the end of eight weeks of celebrations and the weekly, the entire island turns to the rhythm of the “crop over” with a week of celebration uninterrupted beginning of August –and in the presence of Rihanna, who returns each year to celebrate its origins in outfits more fanciful, and lighter, than the others. A veritable institution for the Barbadians.
In the footsteps of Rihanna. Probably the most famous citizen of the island, Rihanna returns there regularly and has been honored by the government. The street where she grew up carries his name : on Rihanna Drive, one can discover a tribute to “our diamond”, the cultural ambassador of Barbados. The house of his childhood does not go unnoticed, not so much for the colour views of other homes across the island (green, orange, and brown), but mainly for the bright blue floor and the name of Rihanna enrolled, between the sun and the trident planted on the national flag. But since then, she prefers the peace and quiet of the “Platinum Coast” and the One Sandy Lane, a luxury residence for a time property of the billionaire Roman Abramovitch, whisper-t-it. View of the beach and private swimming pool secured in a setting worthy of Beverly Hills… and away from prying eyes.
Discover Colleton House. This former plantation built in 1652, located not far from the sea became a guest house with the charm undeniable, with large, bright rooms and a swimming pool with a view down on the coastline. Paintings and statues that fill the interior as the large garden, and the house even has a museum that exhibits traditional works.From 149 dollars a night per person, breakfast included. A pleasant alternative to a hotel.
Hunte”s Gardens. Huge palm trees, plants of exceptional and colorful make up the gardens of Anthony Hunte, open to the public. This Barbadian in his seventies, speaks passionately about its gardens to visitors, he welcomes into his home located upstream of the ground green, for a tea or a punch in barbados. These gardens will appeal to enthusiasts, such as profane gardening for a change of scenery full of the island’s beaches, the sound of the classical music that it broadcasts in the aisles.
Bottom Bay. True range of postcards with white sand and fifty shades of blue towards the sea, Bottom Bay is notably composed of a cave to shelter from the sun barbados… or quietly enjoy the punch offered by the impromptu bar at the top of the bay.
Silver Sands and Brian Talma. The houses barbadian women are full of colors… but none of them is as much as Brian Talma at Silver Sands. This champion wind-surfing, who represented the colors of the island to the olympic Games, has opened a centre where enjoy wind-surfing, kite-surfing, surfing and stand-up paddle. It also offers rooms for hire, ideal for those who want to enjoy these water sports in the atmosphere of the “beach culture” so dear to the sportsman, who never misses an opportunity to promote his philosophy of life. The Barbados is “the most beautiful coasts of all the Caribbean”, he swears. He proves it by inviting regularly the first five world of his discipline to make them discover Barbados “… and take the tour of the rum shops !”
Touch the Concorde. Anyone who has never been able to fly aboard the Concorde can (almost) make up for it. One of these supersonic aircraft mythic is based in a hangar that is huge located not far from the airport of Bridgetown, one of the four destinations served by the device used by Air France and British Airways. A rare opportunity to discover the history of its design and the interior of this aircraft, which enabled it to win the Barbados 3h30 from London… compared to more than 8 hours on a flight classic.
A few good places
For housing :
Sandals and Sandals Royals : to them, the two institutions have more than 500 rooms, but without ever compose a complex too imposing. Seventeen restaurants and bars are offered to the clients in the framework of an all inclusive exceptional. Special Mention to the five swimming pools including the roof top, the perfect place for a moment romantic. (Package 8 days, 7 nights, from 4090 euros per person in formula Luxury All, with a flight from Paris).
Cobblers Cove : this former private residence became a hotel is located near Speightstown, the second largest city of the island. From $ 330 a night.
Not to forget Airbnb, which is full of ads from individuals offering accommodation integers, cottages, luxury waterside apartments in the land, for all budgets.
To eat :
Cin Cin By The Sea : one of the best maps of the island in a charming environment located at Prospect, north of Bridgetown.
The Tides : a restaurant feet in the water at Holetown.
PRC Bakery : a small bakery unobtrusive to Speighstown, known among the Barbadians.
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