Situated in the north east of East Falkland and with a population of around 2000, Stanley is the smallest and most remote capital city in the world and in many ways is like an English village, but with a Government House, a Cathedral and a wide range of amenities and services. It is the usual finishing (and/or starting) point for visitors to the Falklands.
- Wander around the world’s smallest & most remote capital city
- Visit the noisy King penguin colony at Volunteer Point
- See the various shipwrecks of old steam vessels in their watery grave
- Head off on a variety of fascinating tours of the many war memorials
Despite its relatively small size, Stanley is a charming and colourful town renowned for its warm Falkland’s hospitality and offers a wide variety of cozy guesthouses, cafes and all the usual amenities and interests expected of a capital city.
Overlooking Stanley Harbour it is a lovely place to base yourself for a couple of days to relax and take in the walks around the town, the museum, war memorials and the hospitality of the local people. It has much of historical interest mainly associated with the days when great sailing ships and early steam vessels called on their journeys around Cape Horn. Some of those ships still lie in the harbour, abandoned after a Cape Horn battering.
There are a number of excellent excursions from Stanley including:
- Volunteer Point – to see the King penguins, some 1600, also large colonies of Magellanic and Gentoo penguins
- Cape Dolphin – where you can see Gentoo and Magellanic penguins and Sea Lions
- Cape Bougainville – very scenic with large Rockhopper penguin rockery and seals
- Kidney Cove – small colony of King Penguins and Rockhopper penguins
- San Carlos – To visit the British Cemetery at Blue Beach and on the way back the Argentine Cemetery at Darwin.