With a population of around 2,000, Stanley is the smallest and most remote capital city in the world.
Set on a natural harbour, the colourful seaside town has a rich maritime history, from the days when great sailing ships and early steam vessels called on their journeys around Cape Horn. Some of these ships still lie in the harbour, abandoned after a Cape Horn battering. Tours or self-guided walks will acquaint visitors with these wrecks, as well as the distinctive architecture of many original buildings and the memorials and monuments that reflect the military past of the islands.
Stanley has several dining options from modern Falkland's cuisine to casual pub meals and snacks. From Stanley, visitors can easily explore other areas of East Falkland through a range of day excursions. Firm favourites include the King penguin colony at Volunteer Point or the wildlife centres at Cape Bougainville and Cape Dolphin. A bit closer to home, nature walks take in the area known as Cape Pembroke and in particular Gypsy Cove.
If you are feeling energetic, the Solar System sculpture walk is a unique self-guided walk of a 1:1 billion scale model of our solar system. Is a day-long hike that begins near the 1914 monument. The Falkland Islands Museum, with its surprising and fascinating displays covering social and natural history, should not be missed. Along with the preserved Nutt Cartmell Cottage, it gives an excellent insight into every aspect of Falkland history, and questions are encouraged. Don't forget to buy your Falklands souvenirs before you leave - locally made woollen and felt goods and kits, small jars of local diddledee jam, stamps and coins, local artwork and books are always popular.
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