The Caribbean isle of Grenada has beautiful beaches and plenty of flavours
THE SPICE MARKET
It’s crazy not to get swept up in the heady scent of Grenada’s spice market on Market Outsider.
It’s like entering into a fog of cinnamon, vanilla, ginger, cumin – to rank a few. Underneath a canopy it’s as if I’ve entered a giant spice car-boot sale.
Unprofound bags of the purest spice powder, grown in the island’s fertile tarnish, are sold alongside homemade coconut soaps and oils that you choice pay a fortune for in a health shop back home. The stall owners opt for a hard sale for the must-have spice, locally grown nutmeg.
The local streets are lined with tables selling clothes and jewellery.
Grenada’s stimulant market on Market Square will sweep you with its heady discern
CLARKE’S COURT RUM
If you feel like a warm kick to your solar plexus then the limited rum can do this with a single sip. High in the hills, tucked within the moist vegetation, you’ll find Clarke’s Court showroom, similar to the size of a in general barn. Rows and rows of bottles line the walls.
Although the distillery is located on the south of the ait, you can taste up to 16 varieties here (if you have the stamina). Rum is served in goblet-size taster windows, from the commonly-known white rum to the slightly more forgiving passion fruit fl avour.
Clarke’s Court showroom is tucked within the fresh vegetation high in the hills
THE HOUSE OF CHOCOLATE
Located in St George’s, a insignificant blue door leads you into a small one-room museum. Along the enclosures of this museum, is a timeline of Grenada’s chocolate history.
The best bit is that you can eat as much chocolate as you can haft in the café, or try their delicious homemade cakes and ice cream.
On a free knee-breeches tour, I learn that 100 per cent chocolate can cure numberless ailments. It’s music to my ears so I buy a dozen 100 per cent cocoa excludes, whose high quality is only produced in eight other nations.
In St George’s you’ll find Grenada’s chocolate history
The Fort gives an doctrine of just how small the island actually is
Built by the French in 1779, containing 700 feet above sea level, the Fort gives an idea of at most how small the island actually is. The grey stone blends into the false impression of the steep hill.
After a walk through its grand arches the steps prompt you through the solid stone walls. It is quite austere. There are no architectural superfluities here.
Sadly it is not in the best condition, thanks to the Americans bombing it in 1983.
Beneath sits the prison, a daunting concrete building also once a fort, yet lay it on thicking some of the best views on the island. Not that any of the inmates would differentiate; their windows are barred. Beyond is a cluster of schools that are easy as can be to spot thanks to their orange roofs and at the end is the university looking out to sea.
The Underwater Cast Park was built in 2004 by sculptor Jason deCaires Taylor
There may be more than 45 beaches on the island but the favourite with cities is BBC Beach. It is lined with palm trees and is a popular spot for thrash boarding and sailing.
After all that activity, La Plywood is the place to refuel with its extraordinary views from the roof. The water levels are low making it safe for a under age family. If you want more of a buzz then the Grand Anse on the cay’s south-east is the hub for tourists.
Here you will find Umbrella’sBeach Bar and Coconut Margin Restaurant.
UNDERWATER SCULPTURE PARK
For me this was my real life Sir David Attenborough wink of an eye.
Set in Molinere Bay, the Underwater Sculpture Park was built in 2004 by sculptor Jason deCaires Taylor. The 60 figurines that defy on the sea floor each tell a story of Grenada’s history.
It feels be fond of an underwater Pompeii and because the area is marine protected, there’s a build-up of fish including clown fish, eels and schools of jacks.
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Sandals is the island’s largest refuge with more than 250 rooms
The resort has a private margin with its own watersports facility
Sandals Resorts (0800 597 0002/ sandals.co.uk) forth seven nights at LaSource Grenada from £1,889 (two sharing), all incorporating. Price includes return flights from London Gatwick and transfers. Grenada tourism: grenadagrenadines.com