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A Pillar of Hercules

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A travel journal to Gibraltar by NickyD

Pillar of Hercules Photo, Gibraltar, Europe More Photos
Quote: I often visit Gibraltar as I grew up there. Let me be your virtual guide to this unique place at the entrance to the Mediterranean.

A Pillar of Hercules

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Overview

Pillar of Hercules Photo, Gibraltar, Europe
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For such a small place, you will fill your time with plenty of things to do. Meeting the friendly locals will create many memorable moments that you will cherish forever.

Quick Tips:

Mkae sure you talk to people, they are all very friendly and more than willing to give you tips on the best places to visit and where to eat etc.

Best Way To Get Around:

Gibraltar is so small that you can virtually walk anywhere, although if you are in a hurry or wish to get to the other side of the Rock then taxis are in abundance and very good value for money. Buses are old but very very cheap, a bus ticket will cost about 40 p regardless of the journey length.

Piazza Grill

Restaurant

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The Piazza Grill is located at The Piazza, which is at the heart of Main Street. It is a two storey building which is deceptively large. Outside there are often tables and chairs so, weather permitting, you can do a spot of people watching whilst you eat. Wonderful local food (which is a mix of English, Morrocon and Mediterranean) is served by young, friendly staff at a great price. Not to be missed, especially at lunchtime. Speciality is "Calentita", a traditional Gibraltarian dish and "Churros", deep fried donut strands, both best eaten at breakfast time.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 10, 2002

Alameda Botanical Gardens

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Attraction

Alameda Botanical Gardens Photo, Gibraltar, Europe
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Before 1814 the area consisted of a parade ground bearing the name of the Red Sands. The Alameda (the name is taken from Alamo which is the Poplar Tree) Gardens were planted on instruction from Lieutenant-Governor Sir George Don opened in 1816. They centred on the Grand Parade where British troops mustered for the famous Night Sortie. Today they were being restored using traditional methods and materials and upgraded into botanical gardens - the Gibraltar Botanical Gardens - that will combine the aesthetic beauty of the site with living exhibits of botanical interest and conservation value. The gardens have a wooded appearance, with Mediterranean pines and olives forming the canopy and many spe...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 21, 2002

Cable Car

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View from Cable Car Photo, Gibraltar, Europe
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A simple yet breathtaking way of reaching the top of the Rock and quietly enjoy the view, is by the Cable Car. You can travel from the Alameda Gardens to the Apes' Den and then on to the summit, where the view is amazing: you can see past the Strait into the Atlantic with the Mediterranean behind you, Spain is to the north and to the south the coast of Morocco - two continents meeting the two great bodies of water. Perched on the very summit of the Rock of Gibraltar, with the sheer cliffs of the east face of the Rock to one side of the building and steep slopes leading to the City of Gibraltar on the west on the other is the Top Station of the Cable Car. From this spot one has uninte...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 21, 2002

Gibraltar Squash Club

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The Gibraltar Squash Club is not only a great place to play squash, and use the gym or sauna, but also a hive of social activity. To be able to use the club you ahve to be a member or a guest. If you are just visiting they are very inviting and welcome all visitors with a smile. Facilities available for members include the following: Four Squash Courts, bookings can be made one week in advance Showers and Sauna Massages Bar/Restaurant Gymnasium Lockers Sports Shop on the premises Bar Opening Hours: 12:30 to 23:00 Monday to Friday, 2:00 to 21:00 Saturday. Come and visit Jorge's Bar and try the large selection of tapas and meals at...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 10, 2002

Megan Photo, Gibraltar, Europe
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Gibraltar is one of the few remaining colonies in the world, and the only one in Europe. Gibraltar celebrates its National Day on the 10th September, and it is a day not to be missed.

The entire population decks itself out in red and white, the national colors, and takes to the streets for a day of fun, with music, food and drink. It is an affair for everyone of all ages, but if you don't want to stick out like a sore thumb then ensure that you take some red and white clothes.

Nightime is just as spectacular, with a Battle of the Bands which is free to attend, and a fantastic fireworks diplay which lights up the entire Bay.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 10, 2002

Birdwatching

Attraction

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Birdwatching can be undertaken in spring and autumn, when thousands of migrating birds on their way between their breeding grounds in northern Europe and their wintering areas in Africa stop at the Rock. Owls, eagles, harriers, hoopoes, buzzards and black kytes join resident species such as Peregrine falcons and Barbary partridge. A large area of the upper rock has been declared a nature reserve, and this is a great trip to combine with some bird watching.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 10, 2002

Rosia Bay

Attraction

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This small cove on the western side of the rock is a hidden treasure. It is part beach, part pier area. Both families, couples and single people mix here on a daily basis throughout the summer for days of relaxation and fun.

There are great facilties available, somewhere to park (which is often a problem in Gibraltar) and a good bar/cafe which serves drink, snacks and meals for competitive prices.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 10, 2002

Dolphin Safari

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Attraction

Dolphins Photo, Gibraltar, Europe
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Fed by two small rivers, and being fairly well sheltered, Gibraltar Bay plays host to countless species of marine life, and is a nature lover's paradise. It is a natural nursery for dolphins, where many young can be seen, particularly during the summer months.

The catamaran was designed and built specifically for this type of work and pleasure. Its stable platform, excellent manoeuvrability, glass-viewing panel, and close proximity to the subject being observed (within "touching" distance) makes it the perfect choice for such excursions.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 10, 2002

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NickyD

NickyD
Lancashire, Gibraltar

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