The Falklands’ capital, Stanley, is little more than a village. Despite rapid growth since 1982, the old part of town retains its colorful charm. Bricks were expensive to ship and difficult to make locally, while the local stone proved tricky to quarry, so Stanley’s builders used timber from shipwrecks, metal cladding and corrugated iron for walls as well as roofs, and then painted all of it in bright hues. Flower-bedecked gardens and patriotic flags add to the vivid colors, which contrast with the surrounding moorlands. The old pubs are reminders that some Falkland traditions remain unchanged.
Stanley’s picturesque and compact layout makes it an excellent place to explore on foot. The old shipwrecks along the waterfront provide interest on a harborside stroll. With more time, you can climb to the high points around the harbor, which were the scene of fierce fighting in the closing days of the Falklands War.