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Stanley Travel Guide, Falkland Islands

Stanley Travel Guide – The Versatile Administration

This Stanley travel guide will give you all the basic information you need when travelling to the Falkland Islands and their capital city, which is actually the only city proper in the country. Stanley has slightly over 2.000 inhabitants and it is located on the East Falkland Island. The local administrative buildings have been designed to suit multiple purposes given the really small community they serve, but they are also adapted to the tourist flux that is sometimes so large that it exceeds the entire population of the city. The city hall also functions as the island post office and philatelic bureau, regular balls are held in the same building and the court of law also functions here. The police station is home to the only prison on the island that has a capacity of thirteen people, but currently only one person is incarcerated there.

Stanley Travel Guide – Sports, Culture and Fun

As small as it is, Stanley has many facilities of shopping, sports and entertainment. There is a swimming pool in the city, a sports centre and a relatively large golf course. There is also a racing tradition taking place every Christmas in Stanley for over 100 years, with two horse races that are organized on the 26th and 27th of December. The city is home to a library, school and the Falkland Island Museum, where you can learn all about the history and culture of the country. When roaming the city (because the best obvious way to do it is on foot) you’ll stumble upon specific local monuments such as a whalebone arch, a totem pole and several shipwrecks on the sea shore, which have been left there to remind everybody of the war and everything the Falkland Islands have been through.

Stanley Travel Guide – The Penguin Paradise

There are currently eleven hotels in Stanley, and a few pubs and restaurants. Although the variety they offer is not that big, services are excellent and you are sure not to be disappointed. A major objective to be signaled in any Stanley travel guide is the fauna on the island, which is famous for its penguins. So, if you are in Stanley and want to see the penguins all you have to do is grab a bus or a taxi and travel six kilometers to Gypsy Cove, the best place where you can observe the Magellanic Penguins. Other places where you can spot the penguins are Kidney Cove and Volunteer Point, where, besides the magellanic penguins, there are gentoo and king colonies. If travelling by plane you can easily get on and off the island, and the cities of Rio Grande and Ushuaia in Argentina become quite accessible.

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