Barbados: Sightseeing

Live life like the Bajan's

Barbados is known for its stunning beaches and gorgeous weather. But this is not all that’s on offer in Barbados with its historical colonial buildings and plantation houses of by gone eras.

St. Nicholas Abbey in St. Peter and Drax Hall in St. George are two of the oldest buildings in Barbados, both built in the 1650's. Drax Hall is the oldest surviving Jacobean mansion in the Western Hemisphere. Only three of these mansions exist in the Western World Barbados homes two of these treasures. The only other remaining building of its kind is Bacon's castle in Virginia.

The first settlement in Barbados, Holetown, was originally named Jamestown, after its benefactor, King James I of England. The Holetown commemorates the first English landing in Barbados in 1627 and there is an annual festival of crafts and music every February to celebrate Holetown’s birth. If you have the chance to be in Barbados when the festival is on you will get a really taste of Bajan life as its best.

National Heroes Square in Bridgetown shows Barbados’ strong links with Britain as it has its own Nelson’s Column that was actually erected here before our very own in Trafalgar Square. Not only does Barbados have historical buildings of interest but its natural beauty is not to be ignored either. A great way to see parts of the island that you may otherwise miss are the Hike Barbados tours. The hikes are free to go on and you will see some spectacular sights and get the chance to explore the smaller towns and fishing ports.

If you want a more adrenaline enriched sight seeing experience take an island safari to see some of Barbados’ beautiful scenery and get some great photographs or sign up to a catamaran tour and enjoy the coastline. It’s even possible to see the sights of Barbados by air with their amazing helicopter rides.