Caribbean Vacations: Barbados Travel Guide And Advice

Barbados travel agents can be an extremely valuable asset to arrange a nice and memorable tour on this Caribbean island, and provide you with valuable information about where to go, what to see and where to stay.

Barbados is one of the most picturesque islands among the Lesser Antilles. It was discovered by Portuguese sailors in 1536. The island was given the name ‘Los Barbados’, which is translated as ‘bearded’ because of the huge banyan tree with roots, forming a real beard around the trunk. The main attractions of the island are St. James Church, Sugar Museum, Folkestone Park and Marine Museum.

By the time when the development of this piece of land began, the island was uninhabited. The oldest city in Barbados was founded in the early 17th century. At that time the settlers planted vast sugar plantations. Until the middle of the 20th century, rum and sugar production was practically the only growing sector of the local economy. Only at the end of the last century, booming tourism gave additional stimulus to the development of the island. Thus it became one of the most popular resort areas in the Western Hemisphere. The year-round sun and the warm sea, picturesque beaches and beautiful coral reefs, fields and wineries, a variety of historical monuments, the traditional carnival as well as a huge number of cultural events make this island a great destination in the Caribbean Sea.

Also, there are lots of places associated with the heyday of piracy, Bridgetown is the capital of Barbados, the island’s commercial center and one of the major Caribbean ports. This small town with a population of only eighty thousand people is a picturesque place with colonial-style houses, with narrow streets, rum shops and historical monuments. Here one will find the seat of government and the offices of major companies.

The center of the city is Trafalgar Square or Heroes’ Square. It is almost a complete copy of the same name place in London, there is even a statue of Lord Nelson. The square offers a picturesque view of the harbor since water moves right into the city center, and there is a parking lot of many yachts and cruise ships. To the east of the ‘Heroes Square’ one will see a large Anglican Cathedral of St. Michael. The theater, Queen’s Park House, used to be the residence of the commander of British forces. The Gothic building of Parliament of Barbados stands at the beginning of the main street. The main shopping area of the city is Broad Street, which runs from the Heroes’ Square with a series of banks, department stores and duty free shops.

Outside the city, there are also many interesting places, such as the Bayshore shopping mall with a lot of shops and antique shops, a few rum factories, including the well-known Gay-Rum Factory with a small museum of Rum.

Not far from the capital, there is a tiny historic village consisting of six old houses representing various projects, and a few shops with the products of traditional crafts. The original botanical gardens, Flower Forest and Francia Plantation, are considered the most attractive places on the island. Other noteworthy places include the huge terraced garden, a fire tower on Gun Hill, a small military museum and a small canyon. The island is also known for its unique flora and fauna.

Stormy east coast is the most beautiful part of Barbados. High Atlantic tides create good conditions for water sports. The northern part of Barbados is the least visited area of the island. However, the region offers a huge variety of places for recreation and sport activities, and the most popular sights here include Barbados Wildlife Sanctuary, Christ Church, Accra Beach mentioned in numerous legends about pirates, and Sam Lord’s Castle. The west coast of Barbados is also known as the ‘Platinum Coast’. It is the land of bays and sandy beaches.

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Brisbane City Guide

City Guide! Visit this beautiful city

Rich in beauty , culture and natural attractions, we trust your time in Brisbane in rewarding and hope your next visit is not far away. During your stay , carry your copy of Informations on Brisbane with you as it provides valuable up-to-date information, things to see and do, choices, recommendations and just about everything you will need during your stayThis vibrant shopping and lifestyle precinct lies at the hart of Brisbane City and is arguably Australia’s most successful pedestrian mall.

Brisbane’s Queen Street Mall has long been considered the centre of fashion and retail in Queensland. This vibrant shopping and lifestyle precinct lies at the hart of Brisbane City and is arguably Australia’s most successful pedestrian mall, playing host to over 26 million visitors a year.
The Queen Street Mall offers an unrivalled mix of local, national and international labels and flagship stores. Some 700 retailers have made their homes here- many enjoy mall and street frontage, others are tucked away inside world-class centres and heritage-listed arcades.
A visit to the Queen Street Mall guarantees a complete leisure encounter. There’s free live entertainment virtually every day of the year. Restaurants, caf├ęs, bars, cinemas, salons and day spas, four and five-star hotels and a grand casino sit right on the mall, as does the Brisbane Visitor Information&Booking Centre for tour bookings, brochures and general tourist advice. A five minute stroll from the mall will see you exploring Brisbane City’s galleries and museums, parklands and vibrant riverside. Enjoy your guide to the Queens Street Mall and the experience of its exciting surrounds.

Brisbane’s Queen Street Mall is home to over 700 retail outlets. Explore, in any one visit, close to a dozen uniquely themed shopping centres and arcades, not to mention Queensland’s most sought after flagship stores.

Brisbane Arcade
The heritage listed Brisbane Arcade is one of Queensland’s most stunning and historically significant shopping destinations. Built in 1923 and packed with architectural features befitting traditional European shopping gallerias, it is the time-honoured home of some of Brisbane’s most successful designers and manufacturers. Brisbane Arcade is a superb destination for designer and antique jewellery , unique gifts, homewares and accessories.

Broadway on the Mall
Locating between Brisbane Arcade and Country Road’s Queensland flagships store on the Queen Street Mall, is renowned for its impressive range of contemporary fashion outlets and computer and electrical superstore Harvey Norman.

MacArthur Central
It is a modern three level shopping centre and the CBD’s only Woolworths supermarket and Big W which are complemented by convenience retailers and a high-end-fashion precinct on Edward Street which includes national and international retailers.

QueensPlaza
The Queen Street Mall’s newest shopping centre, QueensPlaza is located on the corner of Adelaide Street and Edward Street. Australia’s largest one-location David Jones outlet, which officially opened to much fanfare in February 2008.

The Myer Centre
The Myer Centre lies at the very heart of the bustling Queen Street Mall, occupying an enormous block bound by George, Elizabeth, Albert and Queen Streets, celebrated its 20th anniversary in March 2008. The Myer has over 180 specialty stores.

Wintergarden
Wintergarden offers a complete shopping experience. It incorporates the five-star Hilton Brisbane Hotel where you can rest your weary head after a day spent shopping.

Some of Australia’s favourite independent retailers enjoy exclusive frontage on the Queen Street Mall. A few of our shining stars….

City Beach – Thousands of surf and leisure items.

Country Road- Queensland’s Flagships store.

General Pants Co- Stocks over 60 labels including Lee and Havaianas.
Major Events

The Queen Street Mall ‘Live”program delivers an exciting and diverse line-up of entertainers and special events year-round. Over 400 events are staged on the mall over the calendar year.

-Brisbane Festival
-Hilton Masterclass Weekend
-Brisbane International Film Festival
-Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival Brisbane
-RiverFestival
-Brisbane City Romp
-Christmas in the City

If you are a visitor to town after unique souvenirs or you are a local sending gifts abroad there are plenty of interesting ideas across the city centre. Try the following….

Specialty and Indigenous gifts
Quilpie Opals offers a vast selection of specialty gifts that showcase renowned Australian Opals. Australian Indigenous Tribal Gallery is another must visit. Here you can purchase authentic indigenous artworks.

Brisbane Markets
Every sunday from 8am until 4pm Brisbane city’s Eagle Street precinct comes alive with the Riverside Markets. You can spent the day fossicking and at the time enjoy the riverfront beauty of this part of town.

South Bank a ten minute stroll across the Victoria Bridge from the Queen Street Mall, is another great destination for market shopping.
Museum of Brisbane

Museum of Brisbane located in Brisbane City Hall, is an integrated social history, visual arts, craft and design museum presenting contemporary culture as well its heritage.
Heritage & historical sites

Brisbane City Hall – King George Square- Built during the 1920s. Brisbane City Hall’s Clock Tower was based on the design of the St Mark Campanile in Venice.

St John’s Anglican Cathedral – The last Gothic style cathedral in the world.

City Botanic Gardens- opened in 1855, the Gardens were originally established to grow produce for the penal settlement.

Parliament House- Queensland’s French Renaissance inspired Parliament House building located adjacent to the city Botanic Gardens was opened in 1868. Don’t Forget….Sensational

Scale the Story bridge- Kangaroo Point- Story Bridge Adventure Climb is undoubtedly one of the best and most exciting ways to discover Brisbane. You won’t believe the 360 degree views out to Moreton Bay and the Glasshouse Mountains.

Take a bicycle Tour- Botanic Gardens- Access to the latest model bicycles and range of tour itineraries to suit everyone. You will see you cycle right along the CBD waterfront, along the floating Riverwalk to vibrant urban villages New Farm….

The brisbane River- Here you can try kayaking (day and night), abseiling, rock climbing, cycling, rollerblading and kick biking.

The brisbane River- Here you can try kayaking (day and night), abseiling, rock climbing, cycling, rollerblading and kick biking.

Passive Day
If you would like to get out and about but prefer the softer side of outdoors activity there is plenty of green space and parkland to keep you occupied in brisbane’s city centre.
City Botanic Gardens- frequented by the usual jogging and cycling enthusiasts but also the haunt of Queensland University of Technology students whose Gardens Point campus adjoins this green space.

Roma Street Parkland- The world’s largest urban subtropical garden is a spectacular

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