Hacienda el Tanque (Avenida Esperia, Pedro González, Nueva Esparta) – located on the northeast part of the island and built in 1880, this is a historic hacienda set up for the distillation of aguardiente and rum. This was reputedly one of the 25 original distilleries of aguardiente in Margarita, which included the Distillery Altagracia, La […]
Fortin de la Galera (Lonja Pesquera, Juan Griego 6309, Nueva Esparta) – this is another Spanish colonial fortress found on Margarita Island. What makes this one unique is its history: it was a fortress occupied by Venezuelan independence forces allied to Venezuelan liberator Simón Bolívar, and was used to fight Spanish naval ships attempting to […]
Faro Punta Ballenas (Sector La Caranta, Pampatar, Nueva Esparta) – this is a lighthouse located at a Venezuelan naval base. There are stairs inside the lighthouse, along with doors at different levels – where one can get a great view of various parts of Margarita island. Free admission. Hours: 7:00 am – 6:00 pm daily.
Castillo de San Carlos Borromeo (Pampatar Bay — Calle J.M Vargas, Porlamar 6316, Nueva Esparta) – this fortress was built in the 17th century to protect the port of Pampatar from attacks by pirates and privateers. For a long time, it was the most sophisticated military construction of the island and is currently one of […]
Castillo de la Asunción (Cantarrana La Asunción, Margarita Island) – a.k.a. Castillo de Santa Rosa, this Spanish colonial fort was built in the 17th Century to protect the island from pirate raids. It currently attracts many visitors, since it offers a great view of the town of Asunción (which the fort was named after).
Basilica Nuestra Senora del Valle (El Valle del Espíritu Santo) – this is a gothic church built to pay tribute to the patroness of eastern Venezuela. A celebration is held here in her honor every September 8. The faith that locals have on the Virgin Mary is one of the most symbolic icons in Latin […]
Venezuela was among the first countries colonized by the Spaniards due to Christopher Columbus’ voyages into the Americas in 1492. A Spanish expedition conducted along the country’s northern coast in 1499 caused them to name it “Venezuela”, because the explorers compared it to Venice (particularly because many of the indigenous tribes’ homes were built over […]