Culture: Discover urban art in Willemstad

Willemstad, the capital of Curacao, is a vibrant and colorful town.
Besides shopping, buying souvenirs, enjoying the food and drinks on the numerous terraces, of course there is much more to discover. And a fun way to do this is by bike.

A couple of days ago we joined a bike tour through Punda, organized by Avantia Damberg, a local artist who tells you all about the public urban art in the city.
The art Avantia takes you to see, varies from being funny and sweet to really, really impressing.
We got to know the stories behind the art pieces as well as those about the artists who made it.

Special during the tour was the visit to the first floor of Marshe Nobo (the round market). We climbed all the way to the top and had a great view overlooking the city.
And on the first floor we admired some beautiful paintings.
At the opposite of Marshe Nobo we visited a, what seemed to be an almost historic bar full of paintings and owned by the initiator of the Carnival Parade and the popular Tumba Festival on Curacao.

After approx. 1,5 hour we biked back to the place where we started and had a well-deserved drink at ‘Mijn Broodje Pietermaai’. No better way to end this really nice discovery tour!

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Besides bike-tours through Punda, Otrabanda and Scharloo, also walking-tours are being organized by Avantia’s company ‘Art Now Tours Curacao’.
The duration of the tours is between 1,5 – 2 hours and the cost is between $ 10 – $ 25, including the bike.
Make sure to bring your water bottle and camera!