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Spice Isle's Lasting Memories

Duration: Half Day

spice isle's lasting memories

For those that want to truly explore Grenada’s historical riches this fabulous excursion will take you to see the best of this island’s historic landmarks with stopovers at the most legendary sites and inspiring locations.

Our journey begins with a visit to two of the island’s most important fortresses, the magnificent and iconic sites of Fort George and Fort Frederick.  The first one is located right at the heart of the capital, standing majestically in a privileged panoramic position atop a volcanic spine at a staggering height of 175 feet above the city’s harbour. Built between 1705 and 1710 this old fort stood for centuries as St George’s silent guardian, receiving famous visits like the one of America’s first well known naval hero; John Paul Jones in 1770. The fort also figured during the Seven Years War, the America Revolution, the French Revolution, the Grenadian Revolution and the US Caribbean Intervention of 1983. Architecture amateurs or connoisseurs will be able to appreciate the fort’s original 18th century structure as one of the finest remaining examples in the world of a Vauban-style masonry fortress.

Our second fortress, the younger of the two, benefits from yet another privileged location, offering some of the best views of the town, overlooking the harbour, the Caribbean Sea and the azure ocean. Built by the French in 1779 this imposing force was still in use by Grenada’s armed forces in 1983 when it was targeted for bombardment by U.S forces during their invasion of the island in October 25 of that year. Fortune had it that the US missed the target and hit a nearby mental hospital instead, thus preserving this monumental fort and the spectacular views admired from this point and overlooking the south-western portion of the island.

Get a more in-depth knowledge of the island’s history as we continue our trip with a visit to the Grenada National Museum. The building was used in the past as the island’s first hotel after also being house to French barracks and a former prison back in 1704. The museum displays a great variety of several historical items and many other priceless items, including Carib and Arawak artefacts from the first Amerindian settlements in the island. Other items on exhibition include old sugar processing machines and equipment, whaling industry items and a unique invaluable piece: Josephine Bonaparte’s marble bath. As this learning experience draws to an end we later drive past the Parliament House to take in the beautiful architecture of the surrounding 18th century churches.

And for the last perfect touch to the day’s adventure we top it off with a fabulous tour of the Westerhall Rum Distillery in order to learn more about the island’s rum production. Located within the Westerhall Estate we find this outstanding and legendary distillery that still retains vestiges of the old artefacts and ancient rudimentary equipment that form part of the refinery process. And before you leave don’t forget to grab the opportunity to sample some of the finest delicious aged rum brewed here! The perfect way to end a mind blowing day experience that only a tour like this could bring you!

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