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
Attraction | "The Rock"
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 Morocco. There aren’t many places where you can see three countries on two different continents.
The road down into town passes the Apes’ Den and St Michael’s Cave – both worth visiting. Further on you will find the Great Siege Tunnels and World War II tunnels, vast networks of passages carved inside the Rock and perhaps the most ingenious defence system devised by man. The Great Siege tunnels were built in the 18th century to enable guns to be placed on the North face of the Rock, outflanking the Spanish advance, entry is free and very much worth a quick look. The WW2 tunnels are run by a separate company and are reviewed separately, but are also highly recommended.
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Rock of Gibraltar (Top of the Rock)
Attraction | "Saint Michael's Cave"
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Upper Rock Nature Reserve/St. Michael's Cave
Rock of Gibraltar
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 out and the currents between the Mediterranean and Atlantic are quite strong.
My tip is to choose a nice, sunny day that’s a bit windy and resulting in a bit of a choppy sea. Although for those prone to sea-sickness this may not sound like the wisest move, it means that the dolphins are more likely to jump out of the water, providing some great camera moments. As far as choosing a company, there isn’t much to choose between them, though the Original Dolphin Safari is probably a good bet, as they have an experienced crew and the smallest group sizes. There is a glass-bottomed boat, though my recommendation is that the best experience is up on deck, watching the dolphins jumping and surfing.
Attraction | "Casemates"
Member Rating 2 out of 5 on April 10, 2007