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As the story goes, Barbados was visited by the Portuguese sometime in the early 15th century, but they left the island without claiming it. The next visitors were the Spanish, who arrived in the late 15th century and claimed it for the monarch of Spain. Later, in 1625, the Englishmen arrived and took possession of Barbados for King James I. It has, since then, remained under the realms of the British though it became an independent state in 1966. Today, this island ranks among the leading tourist destinations in the world. You'll instantly feel relaxed the moment you arrive on this enchanting island; an island that has some exciting things in store for you:

 

Beautiful white-sand beaches

You'll be delighted to find several white-sand beaches at different corners of this island. Some of them are perfect for those looking for quiet surroundings to calm their senses, while the others are thronged by enthusiastic windsurfers and kite-surfers. The lush green palms nearby offer a picture-perfect setting to spend your day amidst the vast stretches of powdery sands and crystal-clear turquoise waters. So, if you are in search of some serenity, spend some time on the Mullins Beach and if you wish to indulge in some exciting water sports, head to the Miami Beach located near the fishing town of Oistins.

 

Lush green surroundings

There's something more that catches your attention while exploring this island. It is the vast expanses of greenery covered by gardens, national parks, and wildlife reserves. Among the ones that you'd truly admire is the Barbados Wildlife Reserve, which has paved trails for the explorers. Upon taking a walk in this wildlife reserve, you'll come across numerous exotic animals, birds, and reptiles. Another fascinating place for witnessing the best of nature in Barbados is Farley Hill. Visitors to this place would really like the tree cover and some awe-inspiring views that it offers.

 

Intriguing historic structures

In the midst of sandy beaches and lush greenery, the historic attractions of this island never fail to grab your attention. One of them is the Barbados Museum and Historical Society, which was established in the year 1933. You can find nearly 500,000 artefacts upon exploring this museum. You'd be amazed to visit one of the oldest synagogues in the Western hemisphere, the Nidhe Israel Synagogue, which was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2011. The St. James Parish Church and St. John's Parish Church are also worth visiting, as both these churches were built during the 17th century.

 

Delectable Caribbean treats

Some travellers consider the island as the 'Culinary Capital of the Caribbean' and for a good reason. When you begin exploring all the delicious dishes that Barbados has in store for you, you'll certainly be delighted to find some mouth-watering delicacies on the menu of its restaurants. The Cou Cou and Flying Fish, prepared using cornmeal grain and fresh okra along with stewed flying fish, is the national dish. Another popular delight for foodies visiting the island is the widely-eaten Fish cakes. It can be found on all the menus, right from the street-side stalls to the 5-star restaurants.

 

Obviously, these are not the only experiences you’d come across while one a holiday in Barbados. You can see and do more with the cost-effective barbados holidays offered on Lowest2.