Those in search of new experiences and sensations have in Gibraltar the opportunity to enjoy a different kind of day out, with British essencewithin the Iberian Peninsula. Gibraltar is home to wonderful places, with a wide range of excursions and places to visit.
However, there are a number of points to bear in mind before visiting Gibraltar. Firstly, to cross the border into Gibraltar it is necessary to pass through identity control. However, depending on the nationality, a visa may also be required. Another important aspect is that the official currency is the Gibraltarian pound, although most stores accept payment in euros.
Rock of Gibraltar
If you've ever wondered what to see in Gibraltar, The first thing you might have thought of is the monkeys of Gibraltar, but you'll be surprised at the number of activities you can do.
The Rock of Gibraltar is an unmissable visit, declared Nature Reserve, is also known as "The Rock of Gibraltar. This rock dates back to prehistoric times. Phoenicians and Muslims already began to give it the first names, such as "Mount Calpe" (one of the Pillars of Hercules) or "Mount Tariq" because of th General Táriq ibn Ziyad, who made his first landing in 711.
In the second half of the 15th century, the site became part of the Kingdom of Castile. However, it was in 1704 that it was occupied by a British and Dutch squadron. And after the Treaty of Utrecht in 1713, it was when it was Gibraltar became a colony of the United Kingdom until the present day..
Gibraltar Nature Reserve and Monkey Lair
The Upper Rock Nature Reserve is home to many of Gibraltar's most important tourist attractions, such as the St Michael’s Cave, the Great Siege Tunnels, the Moorish castle, "Mediterranean Steps, the former Jewish Cemetery, the Skywalk and many more.
It is the only nature reserve with free-ranging monkeys from all over Europe, where we will meet the famous Gibraltar macaque. It is wonderful to see how they approach some of the most popular tourist attractions, such as the St Michael’s Cave or the access of the Skywalk Gibraltar, and interact with them. However, we must not forget that they are wild animals, so it is essential not to disturb them and always treat them with respect.
So much for being able to go up to see the monkeys of Gibraltar, as the Skywalk, you can use the cable car. However, our recommendation is take a tour by bus, where the guide will explain to you in various languages the history of the rock, anecdotes and Gibraltar curiosities. In addition, this way you will avoid long walks between points of interest, leaving you free time to visit the city centre.
St Michael’s Cave
The rock of Gibraltar is made of limestone and is home to more than 150 caves with a variety of stalagmites and stalactites dating back thousands of years. The most famous of these is St Michael's Cave in Gibraltar. It consists of two levels.
St Michael’s Cave has a bit more history. Although it now functions as a tourist attraction, in the past it was a served as a shelter for soldiers during wars. and as a secret passage for those who wanted to escape.
Nowadays, it is one of the main tourist attractions, adorned with coloured lights. There is also a small auditorium which is occasionally used for concerts.
Skywalk, a new attraction to see in Gibraltar
You can't miss the Skywalk, is an incredible activity to contemplate the beautiful landscape of Gibraltar with breathtaking views, as it is located 340 metres above sea level. It is a glass walkway located on the cliff with the best views of the Strait of Gibraltar, Africa and the province of Cadiz. Without a doubt, this is one of the best things to see in Gibraltar.
Another of the things to see in Gibraltar are Europa Point, is located on the edge of the rock, where you will find some of the best views of the African mountains that can be seen from the other side of the sea. Here you will find the well-known Europa Point Lighthouse o Trinidad Lighthouse painted in red and white, like the colours of Gibraltar. You can also visit the Ibrahim-al-Ibrahim Mosque, which is regularly used by Muslims in Gibraltar for prayer and is open to visitors during the day.
Shopping in Gibraltar
Gibraltar has a beautiful historic centre to stroll around and admire the British feel of the place, where you can see the typical red booths and London-style post boxes. One of the most popular activities in Gibraltar is the shopping.You will be able to buy duty free products. We also recommend you to visit the supermarket Morrisons in Gibraltar, where you can buy British products.
Dolphin sighting in Gibraltar
The Strait of Gibraltar is one of the busiest harbours in the world, due to the importance of its fauna and the various forms of wildlife that live in these waters. It has been declared a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve.
We recommend that you enjoy this spectacle for the senses with a boat trip with views of Spain and Moroccoa unique adventure in the midst of nature, surrounded by dolphins and other cetaceans swimming in freedom, visible depending on the time of year.
Undoubtedly, Gibraltar is a destination that will not leave you indifferent.If you want to make a day trip with Visitanddo.com, you can book a self-drive tour in Gibraltar and do some shopping in the city centre only, or you can aa tour with transfers included to Gibraltar, to do some shopping in the city center, or if you prefer to include an excursion with ascent to the Rock of Gibraltar.