Stanley Falkland Islands is the capital of the archipelago that is located off the coast of South America. Home to more than 740 islands, the Falklands are a great destination for travelers looking to explore some of the world's last untouched landscapes. The Falklands Port Stanley is the largest town in the territory and is a convenient starting point to your vacation. This quaint seaside town is dotted with colorfully painted houses, small shops and restaurants and a truly unique scenic landscape.
Visitors to Port Stanley will find a variety of activities and sightseeing options. Just taking a walk through the town will give the visitors an idea of the traditional British charm that is preserved in this overseas territory of the United Kingdom. The idyllic homes are situated among small shops selling local specialties and restaurants that feature the local cuisine. Although all of the houses in Falklands Port Stanley are quaint and full of charm, there are a few particularly notable historic buildings that should be included in your itinerary. Pioneer Row and Drury Street are home to the original British colonist's cottages, while the Jubilee Villas were built in 1887 to commemorate Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee and are an excellent representation of traditional British houses. The Stanley House is also a rarity, as it is the only brick house in town, and the Government House is a popular spot among visitors as it is the home of both the islands' governor and beautiful flower gardens.
There are also various other sites of interest for those who are traveling to Stanley Falkland Islands. The Falkland Islands Museum provides visitors with a detailed outline of the development of the islands and the role they played during in past events, such as the 1982 war between Argentina and Great Britain over the control of the archipelago. Visitors can wander the hills around Stanley that served as battlefields during this conflict, and monuments mark each key site, allowing visitors to explore at their own pace. If you'd like to learn more about local military history, however, you can also opt to take a guided tour with one of the local knowledgeable guides.
Stanley Falkland Islands also offers numerous organized sightseeing tours, including walking tours of the town center and day trips to surrounding areas such as Gypsy Cove and East Falklands. The variety of wildlife the islands have to offer are easily accessed from this port city, and the virtually untouched and carefully preserved areas of the islands provide the native wildlife with a safe and beautiful home. Port Stanley offers some of the best options for observing marine wildlife. Visitors can travel out to the Berkeley Sound to try their luck in getting a glimpse of the fourteen mammals, including whales, that are said to inhabit the waters, and there are plenty of opportunities for bird-watching from the sea wall or during a leisurely walk along the beach. The Falkland flightless steamer duck, southern giant petrel, night heron, and kelp goose are among the most common bird species around Port Stanley.
Those who feel like just stopping in on the quaint port town will be intrigued by the various cruises to the Falklands. Cruise companies offer a variety of options to those wishing to stop in the Falklands Port Stanley, such as individual yacht excursions and large cruise ships that house more than 3,000 people. No matter which one of the cruises to the Falklands you choose, you will have an array of shore excursions to choose from. For instance, the Bluff Cove Lagoon Tour is a great choice for those who are intrigued by the Falkland's famous penguins. The lagoon is less than an hour outside of Stanley and cruisers can tour around the area and observed the Gentoo and King penguins in their natural habitat. The white sandy beach at Bluff Cove makes an excellent spot for cruise passengers to relax and soak in the natural beauty of the area. The Gypsy Cove Nature Trek is also an excellent choice for those who want to explore the panoramic views of the Falklands. This trip includes time in Gypsy Cove, Hadassah Bay, and Yorke Bay, and you'll likely see the Magellanic penguins and possible the rare Dusen's moonwor, as well as take hikes up the hills for the sweeping vistas of the ocean.
If you are going to book one of the cruises to the Falklands or are arriving on your own, a trip to this beautiful and quaint town should rank high on your itinerary. Port Stanley offers charm, shopping, and history all in one place, and if you're looking for a relaxing vacation and the opportunity to explore the nature and wildlife of the area, Stanley Falkland Islands is a true paradise.