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Top 10 Tourist Attractions and Sightseeing in Aruba

ТОР 10 ATTRACTIONS AND SIGHTS IN ARUBA 1) ALTO VISTA CHAPEL Alto Vista Chapel is located on the north shore of Aruba and was built by Domingo Antonio Silvestre. This small Catholic chapel is also known as "Pilgrims Church". The restored chapel dates back to 1750.The winding road with crosses marking the sta- tions of the cross reaches the site high above the sea. Alto Vista Chapel is a special place for peace and contemplation and enjoys spectacular views of starting point for walks or mountain bike rides along the many trails in this part of Aruba. North Coast. It is also a great 2) ANTILLA The Antilla is the largest wreck in the South Caribbean and is one of the most popular dive sites on Aruba, either for day or night dive site, where everything that lives under the sea can be seen. This German freighter was cofiscated at the start of World War II. The German crew opened its valves and let it sink rather than be confiscated. 3) BUSHIRIBANA RUINS In 1872 the Aruba Island Gold-mining Company Ltd. built a large smelting works at Bushiribana on the North coast for the gold that was being mined at Seroe Plat and in its surroundings. Although the smelting works were only in use for 10 years, the construction was so solid that the impressive ruins still remain. One can walk into the ruins and also take pictures there. A nice picture to take uses the intact windows of the ruins as a natural picture frame for a picture taken towards the ocean. 4) CALIFORNIA LIGHTHOUSE The lighthouse was built between 1914 and 1916 according to a French design. It was named after the steamship California which was wrecked nearby in 1891. Standing more than 90 feet high, the lighthouse is an impressive landmark in the barren almost lunar-like landscape surrounding it. Its location allows commanding views of the north coast, the sand dunes area, and also towards the high-rise hotel area. The lighthouse building itself is not open to the public. 5) FORT ZOUTMAN AND KING WILLEM III TOWER The oldest remains of the Dutch settlement and Aruba's oldest build- ing, Fort Zoutman, was built in 1796 for protection against pirates and enemies. In 1868, the Willem III Tower was added to the Fort and served as Aruba's first public clock and as a lighthouse equipped with a spire and petrol lamp. After the light was extinguished in the tower, Fort Zoutman housed for almost a century different organiza- tions like government offices, police department, library, post office and a prison. Today the buildings house the Historical Museum, which is a museum displaying many artifacts from Aruba's earliest through those reminiscent of colonial times up to the present day. 6) GROT DI LOURDES The Grot di Lourdes is located in Seroe Preto, on the southeast coast near San Nicolas and is a commemoration of the appear- ance of Virgin Mary in Lourdes, French. In 1958 the Grot di Lourdes was created under the direction of a priest called Erkamp. A statue of the Virgin Mary was placed in the grotto and a year later the statue was blessed by Monsieur Holterman. 7) ORANJESTAD Oranjestad is the capital of Aruba and is named after 'Huis van Oranje' (Orange House), the name of the Dutch Royal Family in 1824 during the Dutch colonization. Most of Aruba's government buildings are located in Oranjestad and it is also the place for shopping and along the seaside you will find merchants sailing Aruba art and local handcrafts. Oranjestad features some tradi- tional Dutch multicolored buildings. 8) PLAZA DANIEL LEO Plaza Daniel Leo, named after a local politician, is located in Oranjestad in front of Renaissance Mall. The plaza features some of the most picturesque Dutch multicolored colonial buildings. These buildings are housing all kind of shopping stores. 9) SAN NICOLAS San Nicolas is the second largest city of Aruba and is named after a man, Nicolaas van der Biest, who owned a big parcel of land in that area. San Nicolaas is the hometown of the famous hangout "Charlies Bar". That bar has become an attraction due to all the discoveries and souvenirs that were put on the wall. Another recently added attraction is the Carubbian Festival, which is held every Thursday from 6 pm - 10 pm. BAR HARLICS SHAIM 10) SEROE COLORADO Seroe Colorado is the home of Baby Beach, Rodgers Beach and Colorado point at the southeast of the island. The name of this city, which translates to colorful hill, refers to the 30 meters high of pure limestone hill. The hill got its name due to the brown/yel- low color of the limestone. Seroe Colorado is also known for the large ship anchor at the entrance to Seroe Colorado, which is a perfect spot for taking a beautiful picture. Source :

Top 10 Tourist Attractions and Sightseeing in Aruba

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Aruba has many tourist places to visit, there are very nice sightseeing, attractions in Aruba which are must see in destinations. Have a look


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