Discovering the culture in Barbados

*I was invited to the icelolly.com event and was under no obligation to write a post.

barbados more than beaches

I’m not gunna lie. Barbados has never been on my list of places to visit. There I said it. And that’s purely because I’m not a beach gal. I struggled to lie on the beach for half a day in Florida and the signature of that state is 1, 100 miles of the sandy stuff. I just get bored and burnt and itchy to explore.

But news flash. Barbados has so much more than just beaches. I know. Tut, tut, bad travel blogger for being so single minded. But icelolly.com’s recent blogger event opened my eyes to the culture behind the sunny island. Marc from Barbados’s tourism board properly impressed as he shared all that’s on offer.

It’s a World Heritage Site

And I had no idea! A UNESCO World Heritage Site is a landmark or area chosen as having cultural, historical or scientific significance. And guess which island secured its status in 2011? Yup, the port town and capital of Barbados, Bridgetown and its Garrison now adds Caribbean flavour to the elite listing.

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Soak up the culture

There’s a huge amount of culture to soak up. Housed in a 19th century prison building (so cool), explore the Barbados Museum, dabble with democracy at the interactive Museum of Parliament and enter the 150+ year old Garrison tunnels that secretly transported soldiers.

Stroll around ‘one of the most special gardens in the world’ – Andromeda Botanic Gardens, take a selfie under the Independence Arch, climb the 343 metre high Mount Hilaby or meander along the only remaining screw dock in the world.

Feel that Festival fever

All year round, from rum to reggae, there’s always a festival or celebration to enjoy. The Holetown Festival in February is an arts lovers dream, bursting full of music, theatre and dance entertainment. A great way to immerse yourself in local traditions and styles.

But one of the biggest events of the year is the Grand Kadooment, a masquerading marvel, which marks the end of The Crop Over Festival in August. Experience a splendid carnival of colour, costumes and creativity as the island truly blooms. Booking my ticket right now…

icelolly you legends

Thanks for bringing Barbados to my attention and new friendships into my life. icelolly.com stand out from the rest as a reliable and low cost holiday comparison website. Companies advertise their ATOL protected holidays so you can quickly click to the best deals. Offering city breaks to all inclusive getaways and long haul destinations, they are the wizards of worldwide bargain holidays.  

So, who’s joining me on a cultural adventure of Barbados? And to drink Mount Gay rum daily. Can’t forget that bit.

Here’s what I got up to at my last icelolly.com event themed around Ibiza.

Photo credit: Visit Barbados.

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