Places and Communities worth seeing


Porlamar is the biggest city of Isla Margarita and also business and shopping center of the island. There is the big shopping mall SAMBIL as well as many shopping streets all around Plaza Bolivar. You find everything from bargain goods to exclusive brands.

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Plaza Bolivar is located within the historic district and a popular meeting spot. It’s a park-like field with shady benches to relax. Next to the Plaza there is Iglesia San Nicolas. In this church you find a copy of the black Madonna of Montserrat (Spain).
Close to the shopping streets is the lighthouse, the symbol of Porlamar. It was built in 1896 and not in use anymore. The octagonal tower is 80 m high reducing its diameter top down. For cultural interested tourists the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Francisco Narváez is a good tip. This museum for contemporary art in Porlamar was opened in 1979. It offers temporary exhibitions although the art of the local artist Francisco Narváez are permanently displayed.

There are also some hotels in Porlamar as well as a little urban beach. For entertainment in the evening you find restaurants, bars, pubs and even a casino.

La Asunción

The capital of the island kept its provincial character. Center of this city is Plaza Bolivar. This place is covered with shady trees under which you find benches to rest. On the Plaza you see a statue of Simon Bolivar and two bells dedicated to the memory of the campaigns. The bigger one dates back to 1661, the smaller to 1851. There are some things worth-seeing such as Iglesia Nuestra Señora de la Asunción, Museo de Nueva Cádiz and Casa de la Cultura. From here starts a very nice pedestrian zone inviting you to stroll a bit through the nice shops. The most important sight sits high up above the city, the castle Santa Rosa, a fortress from the 17th century.

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Pampatar lies approx. 10 km outside of Porlamar but these two places are nearly grown together. There is a harbor with fishing boats an a small beach. The city has a nice old heart with colorful fisher houses and colonial buildings. You can visit Castiollo de San Carlos Borromeo, a fortress from the 17th century and right vis-à-vis you see the worth seeing church Iglesia del Santisimo Cristo del Buen Viaje. This church is in opposite to Castillo de San Carlos de Borromeo. It has a specialty, outside stairs to the bell cage. Pamptar is much quieter than Porlamar but there are still some hotels and restaurants. Luckily, the city was spared from the building boom.

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Juan Griego

Juan Griego, literally “Jack the Greek”. Nobody knows how the city got that name. This place is known for its fantastic sundown, the best view from the little fort La Galera. Juan Griego offers nice fish restaurants directly on the beach. For swimming this beach is not too suitable; there are much better and more beautiful beaches outside Juan Griego.

Playa el Agua

Playa el Agua is the touristic center in the North of Isla Margarita. A broad sandy beach with a lot of palm trees and a typical Caribbean ambience! It offers you a variety of hotels, restaurants and beach bars to every taste. At the entrance to the village you find a small clothing market. Water sport of any kind is also available at the beach.

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