Holidays in the Mediterranean


Member Rating 0 out of 5 by Wayne Jordan on January 28, 2001

After a second visit to Casablanca, the 18th day of our Mediterranean Holiday found us docked beneath that famous "rock" about a ten minute walk from the center of town. Gibralter is a blend of England and Spain and either currency is accepted as well as any credit card as this is a shopper's paradise. We skipped the shops in the morning and went directly to the cable car that carries about fifteen passengers to the top of the rock where there actually is a small restaurant. We bought a one-way ticket so we could walk down and see the island's main attractions on the way. First are the caves of St. Michael's at the south end of the "island", which is actually connected to Spain. One of the caverns is large enough to stage concerts. Coming down the narrow road on the way to the other end of the rock you meet some of Gibralter's wild apes (macacque tailess monkeys) which are pretty big, frisky and a little frightening. ${QuickSuggestions} Once past the main area where the apes gather (because that's where food is left out for them since they used to wander down into town when hungry) you come to the tunnels of the Great Siege built in the 18th century with fascinating displays of how the militia survived on very tiny food rations. We never complained about the food on the R-6 again. And just below the tunnels is the ruins of a 12th century Moorish castle. After that, it's a fairly short walk down narrow curving streets to the main shopping part of town.${BestWay} Many people took taxis up to the caves, but the wait for the cable car was only about fifteen minutes, and the view was much more impressive (on a clear day you can see Morrocco). The shopping district resembles a walk of about six blocks through an English village, complete with uniformed bobbies. The prices are completely duty-free, and hordes of English citizens are there buying up expensive things to avoid their VATs (value added taxes). Fine liquor was less than half what we pay here at home. Watches, jewelry and cameras were incredibly priced. Restaurants tend either to be Spanish seafood or local versions of British pubs. Not many hotels as most people probably just come for the day.
Rock of Gibraltar (Top of the Rock)



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