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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Willemstad – European Colonial



Willemstad
Willemstad the capital city of Curacao is an island in the southern Caribbean Sea which forms a constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

The Historic Area of Willemstad is a European colonial of remarkable value and integrity which portrays the growth of a multicultural community over three centuries which has been preserved to a very high degree. Formerly the capital of the Netherland Antilles before its dissolution in 2010, the population estimated was 150,000 and the historic centre of the city was made up of four quarters, the Punda and Otrobanda, separated by the Sint Anna Bay which is an inlet that leads into the large natural harbour known as the Schottegat, the Scharloo and Pietermaai Smal quarter which are across each other on the smaller Waaigat harbour.

The unique architecture and harbour of the city centre has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The urban structure and the architecture of this amazing destination are both authentic examples of the architecture and colonial town planning of the Dutch during their time.

Established a Trading Settlement at Natural Harbour

The people of Netherlands had established a trading settlement at the natural harbour on the island of Curacao in the year 1634 and the town developed all through the centuries with great progress. The modern town comprises of various historic districts where the architecture portrays the European urban planning concepts as well as the styles from the Netherlands, the Spanish and the Portuguese colonial towns, where Willemstad is engaged in trade.

Willemstad is a big city as well as a small town and the people live in the hills encircling Schottegat and the Dutch heritage site with markets, museums and nascent café culture is worth exploring.

The Queen Emma Bridge which is regularly opened to let in large ships to pass through the channel is a sight to behold which can entice any visitor to take one of those trips and enjoy a ferry ride.

The Santa Anna Bay – A Historic Waterfront Strip

The Santa Anna Bay, a historic waterfront strip, is a vibrant reminder of Curacao’s Dutch heritage which has an amazing scene for professional photographers as well as visitors.

The Museum Kura Hulanda is housed in a Dutch Colonial building in the midst of the luxury Hotel Kura Hulanda compound and has a huge collection of African art which is one of the largest in the Caribbean, featuring some of the unique exhibits. This destination also has thirty eight awesome beaches and the finest of them fringe the west end area.

 In downtown Willemstad, guest of the new Renaissance Curacaocan take the opportunity of enjoying one of its kinds, manmade beach experience at the resort’s second floor saltwater infinity pool though visitors of any resort should rent car or a cab to Cas Abou Beach for one of the best stretch of sand and sea on the island which has the facility of a snack bar with restroom which is suitable for a long beach day.

The wildlife preserve near the west end of the island comprising of 4,450 acres of land offers nature lovers a variety of hiking trails through its desert landscapes and variant gardens inclusive of a hike to the top of the 1,240 ft. Mount Christoffel, a duration of two to three hours.

Visitors can explore this location and indulge in an ultimate travel experience, which are in plenty at this amazing destination.

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