Gibraltar is one of those territories of the United Kingdom located in the Mediterranean, and as far as travel goes, this is one f the best places in the Mediterranean that no traveller should miss. The place is abundant in tourist spots and attractions, all of which are sure to make this Mediterranean trip a most memorable one, so pack up your bags and take note of the following rocking places which you should include in your travel itinerary.
Upper Gibraltar Rock offers one of the best views in the world – you get to stand in a European continent while enjoying the view of the African Continent, the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean on the Horizon. Isn’t that enough reason to take a hike in Gibraltar? Besides the Rock is also home to some of the best places to see and visit in Gibraltar.
Great Siege Tunnels
The Great Siege Tunnels is a collection of tunnels which served as a defence mechanism devised by the British during the Great Siege which took place in the 1700s. You can take a walk in these labyrinths and get to see the craftiness that went into building this strategic cave slash fortress. And don’t worry about getting lost in the tunnels (about 50 kilometres of it or so), as there are markings along the way that leads you to different galleries with exhibitions that show the life of the men working in the tunnels during its creation as well as soldiers who protected the Rock.
The castle dates back to the 1100s and was constructed by the Moors who referred to the city as Median Al Fath or the City of Victory. In the following centuries, the castle was attacked by the Spaniards and was successful in conquering it. Because of the siege, much of the castle’s walls ware laid to ruined (accordingly you can still see some markings on the walls where the cannon balls hit them) but was then rebuilt by Abu-l-Hassan. Of course, there were more renovations after that, and now it is open to the public to enjoy.
Apes are everywhere in this section of Gibraltar. You will see them running on the roads, jumping from rock to rock and even clinging to hand rails on the viewing decks. This is but natural since there is an apes den located in the area. You might want to be careful when you see one, since they are known to aggressively steal food from unsuspecting travellers. And oh, there are mountain goats here, too so get your cameras ready.
St. Michael’s Cave
This is by far one of the best attractions of Gibraltar. The high caverns and ceilings are truly wonders of nature. The stalagmite and stalactite formations are amazing, and the different stories that revolve around the cave makes it more alluring to visitors. One such story is that there is a section in the cave which accordingly links Gibraltar to Africa, which is said to have been how the apes got from the African continent to Gibraltar. Dare to find out?
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