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Travel Guide South America Falkland Islands Stanley

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Introduction

JCR arrives in Stanley

JCR arrives in Stanley

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Stanley is the capital of the Falkland Islands and is in fact the only real city in the country with around 2,100 people living here. It is located in the far east of the country on East Island. Although it is the cultural and economical centre, nothing much goes around here and the true sights in the country are mainly outside the capital. But the city has a few decent places to sleep and has in fact a number of sights which keeps the interested travellers busy for at least a day or so, before going out and explore the quiet landscapes.

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Sights and Activities

  • The Jetty Visitor Centre - Summer (Oct - Mar): Weekdays 9:30am - 5:00pm, Sat 9:00am - 5:00pm, Sun 10:00am - 4:00pm, On some cruise ship days these hours are extended; Winter (Apr - Sep) Mon-Sat 10:00am to 3:00pm, Sun 11.00am - 3:00pm. Information centre and shop.
  • The Falkland Islands Museum - ☎ +500 27428. Extensive information about the 1982 conflict, as well as history of the Falklands and some exhibits on Falkland Islands flora & fauna.
  • Christ Church Cathedral - daily 8:00 - 17:00, Sunday services 10:00 and sometimes 8:00 & 19:00. This cathedral is the southernmost cathedral in the world. The cathedral was built in 1890-92, on the site of an earlier church destroyed in an 1886 landslide.The much-photographed arch in front of the cathedral is made from the jawbones of two blue whales, and was made in 1933 to celebrate 100 years of British rule on the islands.
  • St. Mary's Church, 12 Ross rd. The wooden cathedral from 1899 is the only Catholic church on the Falkland Islands. On the western wall there are oil murals by the local artist James Peck.
  • Government house - The mid 19th-century residence of the governor is listed on the Statutory List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest, and was also where the explorer Shackleton stayed during his Trans-Antarctic Expedition. This is the private home of the governor.
  • 1982 memorial - Falklands War memorial, erected to the memory of the British troops. There are several other Falkland War memorials around the town.
  • 1982 Memorial Wood - Watson Way. A wood planted by the local scouts. Each tree represents a British serviceman killed in the 1982 conflict.
  • Stanley Cemetery - The final resting place for islanders who died in both World Wars and British Falklands War casualties. Also features a war memorial.
  • Gypsy Cove - A fifteen-minute drive from town that can be easily arranged by taxi, Gypsy Cove is often the first place that visitors to the Falklands will encounter penguins. edit
  • 1914 Battle Memorial - A memorial erected in 1927 commemorating a World War I naval battle in which a British squadron sank 4 German cruisers resulting in 1,817 German and 10 British fatalities. A ceremony is held here every 8 December.

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Events and Festivals

New Year’s Eve

One of the calendar’s most exciting evenings sees people spilling out of bars and house parties around Stanley and Camp as they celebrate the past twelve months and welcome in a new year. Stanley’s locals are out in full force and firework displays are often held in the camp areas.

Camp Sports Week

Traditionally celebrated at the end of the sheep shearing season, Camp Sports Week in February is a time when the local Falkland Island families get together, relax and host barbecues for a few days. Numerous events, such as horse racing and dog trials are held annually and it’s a great way to experience rural life.

Standard Chartered Bank Stanley Marathon

For a more active event, head over to the Falkland Islands during March and sign up for the world’s most southerly marathon. The course offers some fantastic scenery to keep runners occupied along the way and while it’s known for being fairly challenging, it is not only a great workout, but a fantastic way to discover the Islands.

May Day/May Ball

For centuries, May Day, which falls on the first of the month, has been celebrated by the British emigrants on the Falkland Islands. While not quite as popular as it once was, the locally-orientated festival is centered around the symbolic Maypole and includes Morris dancing and the crowning of a May Queen as one of the highlights. The festival dates back to the pagan beliefs of the Anglo-Saxons.

Liberation Day

A proud and symbolic day for Falkland Islanders, June 14 celebrates the end of the Argentine occupation of the archipelago. A memorial service is held at Christ Church Cathedral, followed by a military parade and ceremonial laying of the wreath at the Liberation Monument.

Falkland Day

Although it is no longer a public or national holiday, Falkland Day, held on August 14, celebrates the first noted discovery of the islands by John Davis in 1592. It also celebrates the noisy return of the elephant seals and black-browed albatross to the islands to breed.

Halloween

Similar to celebrations held in the US, Halloween is the perfect excuse to dress up and act like a child on the night of October 31. Plenty of the local establishments throw costume parties and a wide range of themed baked goods are available in all of the local bakeries.

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Weather

The weather is mild but warm days are rare and temperatures of 20 °C are not very common. It is also one of the wettest places in the country. That said, temperatures are not that cold in winter either, but the constant wind doesn't feel that nice for that matter.

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Getting There

By Plane

Port Stanley Airport (PSY) is where all international flights arrive and depart. LanChile has flights from Punta Arenas. There are also flights to and from the British Antarctic Territory.

Taxis and a shuttle bus can drop passengers off anywhere within the town.

By Boat

There are no regular passenger services other than expensive cruiseliners and expeditions vessels that travel to and from the Falkland Island. Often, such a trip combines the island with Antarctica and the South Orkney and South Georgia Islands. Sometimes, ships even continue to Tristan da Cunha, Saint Helena and Ascension Island.

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Getting Around

By Car

There are two taxi services operating within Stanley that service the town and the surrounding area.

  • Bonners Taxis, Tel: 51126
  • Town Taxis, Tel: 52900

By Foot

Stanley is a small town, so walking is probably the best option for seeing the sights.

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Sleep

Compared with nearby South America lodging in Stanley can be quite expensive. If you are on a strict budget inquire about pitching a tent; if allowed by the land owner the costs are often considerably less than paying for a room.

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Keep Connected

Internet

Several hotels, as well as the visitor centre offer computers that accept Cable & Wireless internet cards and there are an increasing number of Wi-Fi hotspots.

Phone

See also International Telephone Calls

For all emergencies, including Police, Fire, Ambulance and Bomb Disposal, dial 999 free of charge.

The country code for dialling the Falklands is +500.

The local phone company, Cable & Wireless, sells phone cards which can be used throughout the territory but international calls cost £0.90 per minute. Broadband internet access now exists island-wide although speeds are much closer to dialup, 56 Kbps or less. Both phone and internet cards can be purchased from the Cable & Wireless office in Stanley (located on the hill past the War Memorial), as well as in some of the stores in town. The larger lodges will also sell phone cards and may have internet cards. More recently a GSM cell phone network has been made available but works only for Stanley, Mount Pleasant and a few other locations on East Falkland.

Post

The postal service in the Falklands is reliable and letters can be mailed easily from Stanley and most settlements. The main post office is located in Stanley town centre across from the FIC West store.

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