The Falkland Islands are one of those magical places in the world that capture the imagination, and although the weather is not always clement, the overriding memory is of blue sea, blue sky, teeming wildlife and smoko as soon as you get back indoors.

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Situated in the South Atlantic Ocean over 300 miles from South America, the Falkland Islands are one of the world’s last great wildernesses. A photographer’s delight and a must-visit location for those interested in the wild outdoors, they are home to albatross, seal and other abundant wildlife, as well as over 3,400 people.

For many, the archipelago’s main draw is the opportunity to see penguins in the wild; five species breed around the coasts, making this one of the best places in the world to observe them.

However, it’s not all about penguins. The islands’ spectacular scenery, comfortable accommodation, good wholesome food and welcoming people all create a wonderful place to visit.

The thriving and colourful Stanley is probably the smallest and most remote capital city in the world, while remote camp settlements offer the perfect place for culture lovers to sample smoko, learn about traditional farming and experience a slower pace of life.

History enthusiasts will be in their element, too, visiting sites ranging from the islands’ first British settlement to areas that were significant during the 1982 war.

Will Wagstaff, author of Falkland Islands: the Bradt Travel Guide

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