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Culture & Festivals

Steeped in rich history with a strong culture, the heritage of Barbados is one that is celebrated in every corner of the island. Long celebrated as the jewel in the Caribbean’s crown, the people of Barbados always put on a united celebration for events around the calendar. At Virgo VIllas, we embrace the culture and festivals to give you an authentic stay.

From music to food and sport all the way through to the country’s spirit of choice; rum, there is an annual festival for every holidaymaker across the calendar. This eclectic mix of festivals has made Barbados the dreamy destination for celebration, and here are a few of our most favourite cultural activities;

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Horse racing in Barbados

Horse racing is an exciting element of the Bajan culture and “Going to the Races” is a top attraction on the island for locals and returning holidaymakers alike;

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George Washington house

Few people know that George Washington visited Barbados in 1751 when he was 19 years old.

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Historic bridgetown

Historic Bridgetown and it’s Garrison is a magnificent settlement dating back to the 17th century.

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The Arlington House Museum

The Arlington House Museum is a little gem in Speightstown, a historic town in the northern part of the island.

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Food and rum festival

If you’re a food traveller always looking for new and exciting food and beverage experiences, you really need to attend the Barbados Food and Rum festival!

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The Holetown festival

The Holetown Festival is an event that reflects the joy of living – representing the people of Barbados, together with their traditions and (of course) fantastic food.

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Morgan Lewis windmill

At one time there were over 500 working windmills on Barbados that ground the sugarcane in the 17th and 18th century.

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Barbados gourmet safari

What could be more fun than a Gourmet Safari? Just the name of it wakes up the tastebuds!

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Crop over

Crop Over Festival is a centuries old tradition that dating back to the late 1700’s that donors the end of the sugar cane season.

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Grand Kadooment

Grand Kadooment Day celebrates the end of Crop Over, where Masquerade Bands make their way to the Mighty Grynner Highway with revellers dressed in sequin costumes decorated with colourful feathers, jewels and bright accents; dancing behind music trucks and moving bars.

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Farley hill

This ruined old plantation house leaves you hungry for more information on the history of the ancient plantation system in Barbados.

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Barbados’ West Coast Fish Markets

As an island nation, fishing plays an invaluable role in Barbados, both in terms of community and the economy.

Thousands of Barbadians work in the industry, from boat builders, fishermen to vendors, catching fresh food every day of the year. Within every parish on the island there is a fishing village, stressing the importance of fishing for the island.

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Whats special about Barbados

Without a doubt, each island in the Caribbean has its own unique identity born from its topography, history and culture.

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10 amazing things about Barbados

You might have heard about the beaches, the food, the nightlife, the plantation great houses, the hospitality...

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An island for all seasons

The most popular time to travel to Barbados is during the winter months, when the days are shorter and colder in the northern part of the globe.

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Inherited from the British

As Britain’s first colony in the Caribbean, and one that remained resolutely in British hands up until its independence in 1966.

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Nidhe Synagogue

Built in 1654 by Sephardic Jewish settlers, the Nidhe Israel Synagogue is one of the oldest synagogues in the Western hemisphere and is a site of immense historical interest. It is the only synagogue in Barbados’ capital Bridgetown and is both a National Trust Property and a UNESECO protected property.

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For a small Caribbean island, Barbados has a rich history, lots of character and a colourful culture with Bajans waiting to welcome you into their community and make you feel right at home. To find out more and book your stay alongside one of the many festivals, get in touch with one of our friendly team today.