Posted on January 23, 2010
The seal of Dutch colonization and a pleasant climate throughout the year make this island an unavoidable destiny. An alternative: take the famous "landhuizen" old cottages.
Caribbean lovers found in this blog about how many references to those West Indian destinations, for one reason or another, stand out from the vast tourism in the region. So, we discussed the virtues timely a wonderful resort in St. Lucia and the same on a luxury cottages in Antigua and Barbuda.
Today, we rediscover Curacao, an amazing island whose charms are just beginning in the turquoise waters.
Located less than 50 kilometers from the coast of Venezuela, Curacao is the most populous of the Netherlands Antilles. Daughter of a very interesting cultural syncretism, its population (just over 100,000) speak Dutch, English and Papiamento, a dialect combines European heritage with African languages of the former slaves.
This multicultural essence idiomatic question overflows and is expressed in architecture, music and typical festivities. From the first, impossible to miss the colorful houses overlooking the harbor Willmestad (the capital). For the second and third should not worry: the Creoles carry their rhythm throughout the "grave", curious native halfway between merengue and jazz and the name of Jan Gerard Palm-his main genre diffuser-son. keywords to peer into this music.
Meet the "landhuis"
Willmestad could be called "the capital of the pastel colors." Almost without exception, these are repeated in the facades of public and private buildings. Legend has it that Albert was Kikkert (governor of the island in the early nineteenth century) who ordered paint all those tones in arguing that the "white glow" house was the source of your headaches.
True or not, the fact is that, as one moves away from the color palette Willmestad still intact.
And the same can be said of the famous "landhuizen" mansions of former slaveholders. Built between the XVII and XVIII centuries, these authentic mansions rose from improvised mixtures of corals and bricks. The landowners, though, followed the detail of the typical Dutch tiles, leading water to separate manifolds built with bricks.
Currently, a few "landhuizen" were overhauled for travelers who may visit them completely. Among them, worth mentioning the Brakkeput Mei Mei and Jan Kok , which now houses an art gallery of Nena Sanchez.
Much to do
Although a tiny area, Curacao is surprising the amount of activities you can enjoy. In total, the island has 38 beaches and almost 60 diving spots. A good map of the island and much excitement is all you need to plan your day to day here.