While it’s important to relax and unwind at the beaches or spa while on a tropical getaway, it can be just as enjoyable to experience some local history during a stay. When visiting Grenada, those interested in history often enjoy stopping in at the picturesque Fort Frederick. Offering visitors the chance to learn more about how Grenada came to be and enjoy spectacular views of sea and sky, the Fort is a great island stop.
Fort Frederick was built by the French in the late 1700s when they captured the island from the British. One of the most unusual features about the fort was that it was built to have cannons facing inward to stave off attacks from within, giving it the nickname “the backwards facing fort”.
On a visit, there are several points of interest to explore. The grounds near the fort are alive with colorful blossoms, and any evening year-round the sunsets over the ocean are spectacular, as well as the sunrises. However, any time of day is ideal for overlooking the charming area of St. George and the coastal views. During cruise ship season, it can be magical to look over the harbor after dark and see all of the ship lights glimmering off of the water.
Guests may take a guided tour to learn about the fort’s history, especially the role it played in the 1980s during a period of turmoil within the local government. Or, the fort can be reached by a one mile hike and is open to the public year-round by paying a small fee.
There are several old fort stations and areas to visit throughout Grenada, each with their own unique history. Fort Frederick offers one of the most spectacular views, allowing guests to create panoramic memories of their exotic surroundings. With it’s close proximation to the town, it’s a quick trip that will compliment any vistors island itinerary, and can be arranged by Laluna’s Concierge Services.