Saint John’s

Saint John’s

A British colony from 1583, an important centre of transatlantic trade and fishing during the 18th and 19th centuries, a member of the Canadian Confederation since 1949, and a modern energy mecca, St. John’s wins fans with its eclectic mix of tradition and modernity. Walk through the steep neighbourhoods with the Jellybean Rows, the colourful wooden houses of the old sailors, lined up like jellybeans one next to the other. Explore the labyrinthine lanes of the historic downtown district, with the expensive boutiques and wonderful vintage shops. Collect Celtic myths, sea shanties and Victorian ghost stories in the pubs and bars of the notorious George Street. Breathe in the air of creative freedom that blows in Canada’s coolest and most youthful city, as it is transformed into a contemporary metropolis of music, the arts and food.

Aegean Airlines operates from Saint John’s International Airport, just 10 km from the centre of St. John’s. Here you will find duty free shops, gift shops and shops selling quality local souvenirs, self-service restaurants, cafes and bars, ATMs, children’s play areas with creative activities, and televisions showing children’s shows, as well as a Quiet Room. The airport also has charging stations for your electronic devices in the departures lounge and free Wi-Fi zones for surfing the internet.
As there are no public transport connections between the city and the airport, the only way to reach the city centre is by taxi. There are fixed rates to reach specific hotels and B&Bs from the airport while journeys from all other arrival points are charged by the meter. The airport’s official taxi service is CityWide Taxi.

Signal Hill National Historic Site: This rocky hill with a stunning view over the Atlantic Ocean is one of the most important historical sites in Newfoundland. Here you can see the coastal defences of St. John’s from the 18th century until the Second World War, the spot where Guglielmo Marconi received the first transatlantic wireless signal in 1901, and that of the magnificent Cabot Tower, commemorating the great voyage of discovery by the Italian navigator along the coasts of North America in the 15th century.

Quidi Vidi Village: Stroll around the charming fishing community of Quidi Vidi, one of the most characteristic corners of St. John’s, and of great strategic importance in the War of 1812 between Britain and the United States of America. Visit the historic battery, join a tour of the famous local Quidi Vidi Brewery and the artists’ studios on the Quidi Vidi Plantation. The jewel of the village is the idyllic Quidi Vidi Lake, where the Royal St. John’s Regatta is held each year.

Basilica of Saint John the Baptist: Built on the slope of a very tall hill with a view of the Narrows of the harbour, the imposing Basilica of Saint John the Baptist (1850) is the main feature of the St. John’s skyline. Its elegant twin towers reach a height of 43 metres, and are adorned with wonderful statues inside.

Cape Spear National Historic Site: Enjoy sunset over the North Atlantic from Cape Spear, the most easterly point of North America with its landmark of the oldest lighthouse (1835) in Newfoundland as well as the Second World War battery. Take a stop at the visitor centre to admire the history and technology of lighthouses.

Colonial Building: One of the most historic buildings in St. John’s, this grand neoclassical mansion of white limestone housed the independent government and legislature of Newfoundland from 1850 until 1859. Today it contains a museum to the political history of Newfoundland, in which the visitor can see its luxury decoration and wonderful frescoes.

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