Grenada Attractions – St George The prettiest capital

The geography of St George’s is usually attractive, as the town is built around the rim of a volcanic crater which forms its almost landlocked harbor. From around the waterfront Carenage, edge with solid stone warehouses, the town rises steeply, houses, churches, and forts ringing the inner horseshoe bay.

Fort George

Over the promontory where the French-built Fort George commands panoramic  views of the town and harbor, is another, newer part of town, joined to the Carenage by the 100-year-old Sendall Tunnel.

Sendall Tunnel and Market Square

Here, Market Square is the scene of hectic and colorful activity every Saturday morning as farmers bring their van-loads of yams, mangoes and bananas to town.

French and Georgian architecture

Delicate French provincial architecture rubs shoulders with robust Georgian stonework, a happy consequence of Grenada changing colonial hands several times in the 18th century. Pink fish scale roof tiles date from the time when they crossed the Atlantic as ballast in French ships. Pastel colored wooden houses clinging to the hillsides contrast with the dour stone of St Andrew’s Presbyterian Kirk’s belfry and the imposing walls of Fort George. From almost every vantage point you can see the coastline stretching hazily away to the next headland.

Grenada National Museum

There is little in the way of conventional tourist attractions in St George, apart from the Grenada National Museum, near the Sendall Tunnel, which is housed in the former prison cells of 18th century French barracks. One of the best ways to pass the time is simply to sit and admire the view, towards sea or mountains, preferably from the shady terrace of the waterside Nutmeg, famous for its rum punches.

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