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Tips from a Gibraltarian

A July 2006 trip to Gibraltar by robertpallas

Quote: Gibraltar may be small but packs in a lot of tourist attractions. These are my recommendations as a Gibraltarian having shown many visitors around... and some tips that only a local could give

Tips from a Gibraltarian

Overview

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Gibraltar, just 3 miles long, provides something for everyone, my highlights are the Upper Rock is a must-see natural attraction with various tourist exhibits for most tastes, especially those interested in military history. The town area is a bustling, real Mediterranean town built in a Genoese style with some bargains to be found. Soak up the sun whilst sipping a drink at a café in Caseates or by a yacht-lined Marina at Marina Bay or Queensway Quay. The best beaches are found on the Eastern side, especially the village of Catalan BayQuick Tips: Tourist information offices are helpful and friendly, the first you will probably come across if on foot is in the same building as customs at the S...Read More

Rock of Gibraltar (Top of the Rock)

Attraction | "The Rock"

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The Upper Rock is must-see when visiting Gibraltar, the ticket includes entry to a number of attractions and the nature reserve itself, with its awe-inspiring views and roaming packs of Barbary Apes. If you're fit enough to do a mile or two of downhill walking, the cable car trip is the best way to see the Upper Rock. Alternatively, taxis are more expensive but reasonably good, there are organised excursions on buses, or you can walk or drive yourself for a small fee. The half-mile long cable lift ride is in itself a pleasure, lifting you up 350 metres to a viewing station on one of the highest peaks of the Rock, giving spectacular views of the town and bay of Gibraltar and over to Spain and Morocc...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 10, 2007

Rock of Gibraltar (Top of the Rock)


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During World War II, Gibraltar was a strategic outpost for the British campaigns in the Mediterranean and Northern Africa. An attack on Gibraltar was believed to be imminent, and with only a small town with few defences protecting it, the solution was to build a massive series of tunnels and chambers inside the natural protection of the Rock of Gibraltar. This town inside the rock contained its own power station, water supply, and hospital. Some soldiers posted here wouldn’t see the light of day for months on end. Now a guided tour can give you a sense of what it must have been like to live underground in a fully-functioning military fortress. Frequent tours are conducted in all major European languag...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 10, 2007

Upper Rock Nature Reserve/St. Michael's Cave

Attraction | "Saint Michael's Cave"

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In between the top of the Rock’s viewing platform and the Apes Den, you will definitely pass by St Michael's Caves, and, as they are included in the Upper Rock entry price, they are very worth seeing. The main attraction is the cathedral cave, 35m tall and full of attractive stalagmites and stalactites. Beyond this, a series of narrow halls leads to a further succession of chambers, reaching depths of some 250ft (62.5m) below the entrance. All chambers are well lit in a number of coloured lights and a number of displays throughout are well informative. A particularly impressive display is a 45cm wide stalagmite that has been cut through, to show its multicoloured rings. A cafe is located by the exit w...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 10, 2007

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

Dolphin Safari

Attraction

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A number of dolphin species are found in Gibraltar bay, and a number of companies offer short excursions to see them. Common, striped, and bottle nosed dolphins are regularly spotted and occasional sightings of whales are not unheard of! Sightings of dolphins are almost guaranteed and they seem to have become used to the attention and actively look for the tourist boats. At £20 – 25, these trips aren’t cheap, but there isn’t a much better way to spend an hour or two on a nice hot day than speeding and bumping along the blue waters of the Bay of Gibraltar in search of these animals. Unfortunately, there’s no possibility of swimming with these animals, as tempting as it may seem, they stick quite far...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 10, 2007

Dolphin Safari
Marina Bay
Gibraltar
+350 20071914

Casemates Square

Attraction | "Casemates"

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Casemates square is lined at its Southern end with cafe's built into the former military building. They are cafe/restaurants by day but the focus of Gibraltar nightlife once the sun goes down. In the warm summer nights, the tables and chairs are left outside in the square until well into the night, and the atmosphere is electric. Outside of summer, the atmosphere is quieter and places may not stay open much after 12 if not busy Lord Nelson's and All's Well are the most typical pub-style bars where dress code isn't a problem and even summer shorts are acceptable. For late night clubbing, Friday is the most popular here. Head into The Tunnel, Latinos and Salsa Fuego, in that order to experience the best...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on April 10, 2007

Casemates Square
Main Street
Gibraltar

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