Curacao dates back to a long colonial period and brings some benefits to tourists from countries within the European Union. For example, from Germany you can enter with an ID; air connections from the Netherlands are excellent and you don't need to change money.
In addition, travelers to Curacao will find many familiar items for their day to day needs from home and, besides, a good European standard in most of the hotels. The island is home to 145,000 inhabitants of 50 different nationalities. Over time, a diverse and colorful culture has developed, untold in the world.
The nearly 450 square kilometers of the Antilles are located very far from the hurricane zone due to its proximity to the Venezuelan mainland. This makes the island, as well as the sister islands of Aruba and Bonaire, a year-round destination worth visiting. By the way, the three islands - even if they don't belong together - are often referred to as ABC islands.
Main Curacao Attractions
Queen Emma Bridge
The Queen Emma Bridge is one of the most popular and photographed spots in Curacao, next to fantastic beaches. The structure, commonly known as the Old Floating Lady, is supported by 16 pontoons. Especially worth seeing the bridge after sunset!
The whole atmosphere shines with all the colors of the rainbow and offers an incomparable view. Another bridge in Willemstad, the Queen Juliana Bridge, offers fantastic panoramic views of most of the city. With a height of 56 meters, it is considered one of the tallest bridges in the world.
Forts of the colonial era
The most striking colonial place, apart from some of the magnificent villas, are undoubtedly the old forts. Eight of these defensive structures, which were built in the seventeenth century, have survived to this day. The best preserved is Amsterdam Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, built in 1635 in the Punda harbor area.
Built in 1797, Fort Nassau has regulated the opening and closing of the Queen Emma Bridge for many years and has remained in its original state. Thus, it is one of the most important attractions in Curacao and currently houses a restaurant, among other things.
Don't miss the excursion to the Hato Caves in Curacao. The caves, which were formed several million years ago under the surface of the sea, cover almost 5000 square meters. Besides large limestone formations, you will find waterfalls and bats.
Also here is the famous statue of the Madonna. Guided tours of the cave system usually last 45 to 60 minutes and are offered in Dutch or English. At the end of each tour, all the lights in the cave are extinguished for a short period of time - an exciting and epic experience!
Pure nature in Christoffel Park
The area in the northwest of the island surrounds the highest mountain on the island, the 375-meter high Christoffelberg. This makes the region a great hiking destination.
The park also offers great views of the island world. In addition, you can admire 150 species of birds and over 500 different plants. The splendor is so colorful that it will never be forgotten! Especially worth seeing are flamingos, which live off the beaten track and are regularly shown to tourists.
Between the Sea Aquarium beach and the Jan Thiel beach there is a special nature park: The Jan Thiel salt flats. This used to be a very important salt plantation for Curacao. The area is now ideal for hiking, jogging or cycling. The salt lake attracts many flamingos, which is just one of the many species that can be found here.
The Floating Market is a specialty market in Curacao. Although today most of the kiosks are located on the pier, the floating market owes its name to the fact that almost all products come from Venezuela by boat. Fruits, vegetables and fish are the best-selling products on the floating market.
The floating market is usually very busy where a lot is happening. People often buy groceries from the comfort of their cars, so the traffic is not as smooth here. Another interesting thing about the floating market is the number of languages spoken. People communicate in English, Papiamento, Dutch and Spanish; and often in a mixture of these languages. The floating market takes place in Willemstad, the capital of Curacao, so if you are nearby it is definitely worth checking out.