Introduction To Grenada
The Isle of Spice, as it is called, is famous for its nutmeg, mace and bountiful fruit, herbs and spices, all part of the unique Grenada culture and attractions and the grenada experience. Famous for its wonderful beaches such as Grande Anse and the sheer beauty of the mountains, Grenada is perfect for family, couples, and adventurers alike.
The capital St.Georges with its horseshoe shaped harbour is a place of beauty. The beautiful Grenadine islands are within easy reach and the diving experiences are spectacular.
History of Grenada
Grenada’s early history follows the pattern of many of the other West Indian islands. Occupied first by Carib Indians and discovered by Columbus in 1498 who named the island “Concepcion”. The Caribs stoutly resisted the efforts of the European powers to colonise the island.
In 1650 after the Caribs suffered losses at the hands of the French, many leapt to their death rather than live under French domination. Even though the English regained control of the island, the French influence remains to this day in place names etc.
In 1783 The British gained control of the island and sugar was established as the main source of revenue. Slaves from Africa worked the plantations, and in 1795 under the leadership of Julian Fedon they revolted against the system.
Grenada was a part of the ill-fated Federation of the West Indies during the late 50’s/early 60’s and today is an independent nation within the Commonwealth
Grenada’s Culture and Activities
The “Isle of Spice” as it is called because of the importance of the spice trade to the island has an abundance of natural beauty. The famous Grande Anse Beach – two miles of beautiful sand is world famous.
The mountainous volcanic terrain has created crater lakes and there is a variety of plant and animal life in the dwarf forests. The Grand Etang Lake and Forest Reserve is not to be missed. Beautiful waterfalls, boiling springs, sites of Amerindian remain, all of these are but a few of the wonderful natural attractions of the island.
La Sagresse Nature Centre shows the diverse birdlife of the salt ponds and mangrove swamps. Grenada has two sister islands – Carriacou which has fine beaches and scenery, and Petite Martinque which is much smaller and is only recently being developed.
Many places of historical interest provide the visitor with a insight into the past of the island. Fort George near the capital is a fine example of military power, the town of St.George’s with its fine natural harbor is well worth exploring. Visit the Cathedrals, the Carenage, the Market Square, Bay Gardens among other places.
Further afield, a visit to the Grand Etang Lake and Forest Reserve is a fascinating experience. Nature centres and trails appeal to the nature lover.
Visit the spice estates and the other smaller towns such as Gouyave. The beaches are perfect for relaxation and there are many related activities e.g. yachting, scuba diving etc. Walking and hiking is also popular and there is also golf,tennis etc, particularly at the hotels.
Grenada Gourmet Culture
Known as Spice Island, be sure to experience the local dishes made with exotic spices, such as nutmeg. Very good seafood menus are available. Food is at the heart and soul Grenada Culture and attractions. Food is the soul of love and friendship and Grenada adds that secret spice to the cooking pot. with exotic spices like Nutmeg. Nutmeg is known as the spice of love. It is frequently added to your favorite rum cocktails, but it can be added to stews and flavors for any dish, including Beef stew, ribs with tomato, chicken, and fish. European dishes can sparkle with a dash of the meg. Chocolate is another classical crop of Greanada. Its been growing since French colonists introduced the crop in the early 1700s, and is some of the best cocoa. Much of it is exported to chocolate producers around the world. Be sure to try the local chocolate which is served in restaurants, in shops, and at the market. It’s a fun packed experience with colorful characters and vendors of fruit, vegetables, and spices and various foods you never have heard of like; sapodilla, soursop , cashew fruit, and lots of mace and nutmeg. Nutmeg is the seed of species of the genus Myristica. Mystic by name and nature is said to have mystical properties to spice up romance.
Nature and Romance:
For trips to see Dolphins and whales try Grenada. Explore the nature reserves to see the unspoiled beauty of Grenada. A trip to the spice plantations where many varieties of exotic spices, in particular nutmeg, is produced is a worthwhile experience. Many of Grenada’s hotels offer spa and fitness facilities. The Allamanda Beach Resort & Spa for instance, offers body massages, facial treatments, reflexology, and water aerobics. Grenada Culture and attractions cannot be separated from Nature. It is in the nature of the culture and island lifestyle.
Grenada is a popular spot with honeymooners, and many weddings take place there. With its beautiful beaches and relaxing atmosphere, it is a perfect getaway for romantic souls. Relax on the many beaches, explore the historic sites, visit the nature reserves or hop over to the neighbouring Grenadine islands by boat, these are but a few examples of what Grenada has to offer. The hotels provide lively local entertainment. Carnival time in Grenada is a great time for those who like the party experience. Grenada’s beautiful beaches make it perfect for families with children. For the older children the historical sites, and nature adventures will be a drawing card. Many hotels cater to children, offering activities and special child rates.
Take a boat and explore the neighbouring Grenadine islands. An organised coach tour is an excellent way to see Grenada , or take a taxi where the driver can take you to the many interesting sites. Rent a car/moke and explore Grenada yourself–many transport choices.
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