Posted by: RasmaSandra | February 8, 2018

The Fabulous Falkland Islands

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The Falkland Islands or Islas Malvinas are a remote South Atlantic archipelago. One of their closest neighbors is the South America country of Argentina.

The Capital

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Stanley, the capital of the Falkland Islands is located on East Falkland. The city has lovely homes painted in bright colors. Most overlook the picturesque Stanley Harbor. There is a certain British style to Stanley with iconic red phone boxes and some old inns.

Among the highlights:

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Jubilee Villas that were built in 1887 for Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee.

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The Tabernacle is a Victorian church built in 1892.

Christ Church Cathedral and the Whalebone Arch

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Little Christ Church Cathedral is the world’s southernmost Anglican cathedral. It is one of the few stone buildings in the Falkland Islands.

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Whalebone Arch is unique and made from the jaws of two massive blue whales. It was created in 1933 to commemorate the centenary of British rule.

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The Falkland Islands Museum is located in Britannia House which is a building that was used by the Argentine Air Force during the conflict in 1982. Here visitors can learn about the region’s maritime history as well as its military history.

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The Historic Dockyard Museum relating maritime history, flora, fauna and geology. There are special exhibits on the 1982 war. The buildings making up the museum are some of the oldest in Stanley. They include recreations of the old printing office, telephone exchange, smithy and a wash-house.

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Gypsy Cove is home to Magellanic penguins, black-crowned night herons, rock cormorants and many small birds. There are a lot of wildflowers and native tussac grass.

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The old cemetery in Stanley has many interesting tombstones. The Cross of Sacrifice, on the north side of the cemetery, is a memorial to the Falkland Islanders killed in WW I and WW II.

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Another military monument is Victory Green, a WW II memorial and the scene of an annual parade on the Queen’s Birthday.

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The Battle Memorial stands on the grounds of Government House, commemoration the famous sea battle in 1941 between the German and British navies.

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The 1982 Liberation Monuments in tribute to the soldiers and civilians who lost their lives during the Falklands War.

West Falkland

West Falkland Island has a rich biodiversity with 163 varieties of plants and 21 types of land birds.

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The main settlement is Port Howard which is a major sheep farming community. It’s a great place to explore on foot.

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Hikers enjoy Mount Maria, the island’s third highest peak. It’s also a great fishing destination, particularly for trout.

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Sea Lion Island is the most southern inhabited island in the Falklands.

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Visitors enjoy seeing the elephant seals, sea lions, penguins and shore, and seabirds.

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Offshore you can see orcas.

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http://www.planetware.com/tourist-attractions/falkland-islands-flk.htm

https://www.falklandislands.com/things-to-do

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