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Rock of Gibraltar

Fast Facts

  • Location: In Gibraltar, off the southwestern end of Europe on the Iberian Peninsula.
  • Best time to Visit: April to June and September to October.
  • How to Reach:
    Gibraltar Airport (GIB) is the nearest airport. You will find British Airways and EasyJet flights to London-Gatwick, Monarch Airlines flights to London-Luton and Manchester and Air Malta flights to Malta. Car:
    If you are coming down by car, you need to take the N-340 and turn off at San Roque for La Lí­nea. The road to the border is well sign-posted and can be reached quite easily. But unfortunately you may have to stand in a long queue there. In order to avoid the long queues, many travelers park their cars in La Lí­nea and walk across the frontier. You can also get information about the queues at the border by calling +350-9567-42777. Bus:
    Daily bus services are available from various destinations of Spain including Seville, Cadiz, Granada, Mí¡laga and Algeciras, which will take you to the border town of La Lí­nea. Just walk across the border in 3 minutes to catch bus number 9 to reach Gibraltar city centre. Buses depart every 15 minutes in weekdays and every 30 minutes on weekends, from 6.30 a.m. to 9 p.m. (Monday to Friday), 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. (Saturdays), and 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. (Sundays). The trip costs 60p, no matter where you go.
  • Preferred Timing: During day time.
  • Nearest international airport: Gibraltar Airport (GIB)

What to see

Do not forget to carry enough chips when you go for a trip to the Gibraltar, and that is not just for your refreshment when you are tired after the steep cable ascent. Most of them will go in the disposal of the Barbary apes that inhabit the rocks. The Gibraltar monkeys may not be the most harmless of species, but once you feed them well, they are generally cooperative. Either way, you cannot really make a Gibraltar trip without coming face to face with these primates.

There is hardly any traveler in the world who does not dream of visiting the Rock of Gibraltar. And when you see it for the first time, no matter you see it from air, sea or Costa del Sol, its vast stature will surely make you understand that you have just seen one of the most amazing creations of nature that a human being can experience. A beacon that signals the position of the Strait of Gibraltar, the Rock of Gibraltar is not only a wonderful sight to see, but is also something that had enormous effects on the life of people for thousands of years.

The Rock of Gibraltar, the most famous rock in the world, is a monolithic limestone promontory located off the southwestern end of Europe on the Iberian Peninsula. Riddled with caves and a geologically different rock from the surrounding landscape, the Rock of Gibraltar is full of characters that have attracted travelers from all parts of the world since the early days. Measuring less than 6 square kilometers, with a height of 426 meters, this wonder-rock is inhibited by 30,000 people.

Visiting the Rock of Gibraltar

The Rock of Gibraltar itself is a treat to watch. And it is also a treat for all to explore the Rock of Gibraltar. The Upper Rock Nature Reserve covers most of the upper areas of the rock. The Nature Reserve has got a wide variety of animals and plants which include famous Barbary Macaques, the Barbary Partridges, and the flowers like Chickweed, Thyme and the Gibraltar Candytuft.
The eastern cliffs of the rock stand off a large, flat, and sandy plain. With the availability of a number of rabbits, red deer, wild cattle, and horse, along with elephant and rhinoceros, this part of the rock has become a known place for hunting. One can also find ibexes, wild mountain goats, along with hyenas, leopards, and lions here.

Now head towards Europa Point where one can see the confluence of Atlantic and the Mediterranean. Coast of Africa can also be seen from there. You can also visit St. Michael's Cave — an impressive natural cave used by the Neolithic inhabitants of the Rock. Siege Tunnels, a system of tunnels dug during the Great Siege, are also popular attractions of Gibraltar.

You also have a few thrilling activities in Gibraltar that add some more shades to your trip. You can go for a walk to the Mediterranian Steps that starts from the Jew's Gate bird observatory and goes up to the rock top of the east side of the rock.

A cable car journey to the Upper Rock is also a thrilling one. Cable cars are available from 09.30 a.m. to 05.45 p.m. which may cost £8 for a return trip. You can also purchase cable car return ticket including the entrance ticket to St. Michael's Cave and the Siege Tunnels at £16. A taxi tour is also a popular alternative which may cost £16 for a 1.5 hour tour that includes fees of entry to the cave, tunnels and upper rock.

Dolphin watching is also a popular activity in Gibraltar as a number of short strips are arranged to take the tourists to the bay for dolphin watching.

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