Mélange Travel & Lifestyle Magazine January 2019 - Page 176

Virgin Gorda Beautiful beaches. Ruins of a 19th century copper mine. Ruins of a Spanish fortress at Little Fort National Park. Scenic hiking trails, including one which will take you to Gorda Peak, the highest point on the island where you will be treated to breath-taking views of the BVI’s other islands. These are just some of the things you can do on the third largest island of the British Virgin Islands. On Virgin Gorda, The Baths is one of the main tourist attractions. Large granite boulders lie on the edge of the sea, within which pools form. This picturesque, natural wonder is indicative of the islands’ volcanic history. Ciboney, Arawak, and Carib Indians were the island’s first inhabitants. Christopher Columbus’ 1493 discovery and the subsequent European settlers and pirate activity made life in these parts an interesting, oftentimes tumultuous existence. The British took over in the late 17th century. The four largest islands are Tortola, Anegada, Virgin Gorda and Jost Van Dyke. Image Gallery