Gibraltar Journals

Gibraltar

A September 1999 trip to Gibraltar by superpurd

Quote: We spent a day in Gibralter as part of a Globus Bus tour. Our day included a local minibus tour, a visit to St. Michaels caves, the Barbary Apes, a cablecar trip and walking around the city

Gibraltar

Overview

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The minibus tour which is guided by humorous guides includes tours of St. Michaels caves and viewing the Barbary Apes is a highlight. Our cable car trip to the top of the rock was disappointing because of the weather (too foggy to see very far) but would have been a great view on a clear dayQuick Tips: The day we were there, there were about three cruise ships and 30-40 tour buses. The whole island was crowded. This ruined the day for me. I don't know if our day was the norm, but the whole day was spent maneuvering around other people. Would have been a great day with less congestion.Best Way To Get Around: Walking is the only way to get around. Other than the minibus tour whic...Read More

Rock of Gibraltar (Top of the Rock)

Attraction | "Minibus tour"

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The tour guides give you a short humorous history of 'the rock'. Our guide was of Spanish origin and spoke with a British accent. For those who don't know, Gibraltar is attached to Southern Spain but is controlled by Great Britain for military reasons. This has led to some interesting confrontations between the two countries. Mail from Gibraltar to a site in Spain a mile away must go through Britain first. Many tourists need a visa in addition to their passport or they cannot go to Gibraltar. St. Michaels caves is a separate tour which is discussed in an attached activity journal. The Barbary Apes were brought to the island and have thrived. They are used as a cheap tourist attraction, but...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 26, 2000

Rock of Gibraltar (Top of the Rock)


Upper Rock Nature Reserve/St. Michael's Cave

Attraction | "St. Michaels Caves"

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The caves are part way up the road which winds its way up the 'rock' The rock is full of caves. The area you tour used to be used as a hospital during war times and is now used to hold concerts. Interesting accoustics I imagine. Large stalactites and stalagmites are interesting. Found it very interesting, but there were too many people there

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 26, 2000

Upper Rock Nature Reserve/St. Michael's Cave
Rock of Gibraltar
Spain

Rock of Gibraltar (Top of the Rock)

Attraction | "The Barbary Apes"

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If you take the minibus tour, (the option is stopping on the funicular going to the top of the hill) the apes know that the minibus operators will feed them and they come to the buses. In our case he jumped onto the vehicle and held on to the outside mirror. The driver fed him from chips from a small bag, then the ape grabbed the whole bag and took off. There is a large area where you can get out and look at the apes in a large caged area. They can play there or go back to the forest above. There are usually a few guides playing with the apes to give you good photo opportunities.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 26, 2000

Rock of Gibraltar (Top of the Rock)


Cable Car

Attraction | "Cable car of funicular to top of the rock"

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The cable car goes up from the townsite to the top of the rock almost continuously during the day. It stops at St. Michaels Caves and the Barbary Apes site. You can get on and off for the one ticket price of about $8. For details on the Barbary apes and the caves, see the activity journal on them. At the top of the rock there is a large outdoor viewing area where on a clear day you can see Africa. We were not that fortunate. Of course you can see all of Gibraltar including the docks where the cruise ships come in. There is a cafeteria style restaurant at the top as well as a gift shop. We had lunch at the cafeteria and it was decent.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 26, 2000

Cable Car
Top of Gibraltar
Gibraltar