Gibraltar: 5 reasons why you should visit it
Gibraltar: a yet undiscovered place for many. It is located in the South of Spain and it is British territory. When you talk about this little stretch of land, often the pictures of monkeys and a huge rock pop into your head. Yes, that is Gibraltar, but it is a lot more than just that.
We made a list of the top 5 reasons why you should visit Gibraltar!
1. The perfect location for wonderful sunsets[ultimate_spacer height=”10″]
2. Be the tourist and explore the rich history at some excellent sights[ultimate_spacer height=”20″]
The location is maybe the best thing of Gibraltar. When you are on the Upper Rock on a clear day, you can see the three beautiful places (Spain, Morocco and Gibraltar) between the Mediterranean and the Atlantic. This makes Gibraltar as well the perfect start to explore other places easy. You can take the ferry to Morocco or hop across the border to Spain. Thanks to its location you can see some spectacular sunsets. The natural environment in whole Gibraltar is kept unspoilt and beautiful. A large area of the Upper Rock has been designated as a nature reserve and park which attracts many visitors each year. Also the Alameda Gardens have introduced new wildlife park. Click here to see already a little bit of the Alameda Gardens with the help of a virtual tour.
Gibraltar has a very rich history which can be seen in a lot of sights. You could for example visit the Great Siege Tunnels, a labyrinth of tunnels used as defence system made by man. Or you can go to the Moorish Castle, which dates back to the 11th century. It is a complex made up of various buildings, gates and the most dominant features: The Tower of Homage and The Gate House. You can also find a lot of Military Heritage in Gibraltar, since it has been from great importance throughout the history. Check out the Military Heritage Centre, Nelson´s Anchorage, some War Memorials, the Convent and of course the World War II Tunnels. Winston Churchill and the British Military leaders in 1940 believed that an attack on Gibraltar was forthcoming and therefore they decided to build a massive network of tunnels, a fortress inside a fortress and a city with a city: The World War II Tunnels.
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The Upper Rock Nature Reserve is the perfect place for a good hike. Standing on the top of the Rock of Gibraltar you will feel like you are on top of the world. You will walk to a height of 426 meters where you will see the African coastline and the Mediterranean and the Atlantic Ocean in front of you. Definitely a breath-taking view. Do you want to hike through one of the most beautiful nature trails in Gibraltar? Then you should go for the Mediterranean Steps. It is a difficult trail and you should not be afraid of heights. This trail was renovated in 2007 but we cannot guarantee you that you won’t have scraped knees or sore calves the next day… If you see the incredible views, you will know that it was all worth it! One other option is to visit the St. Michael’s Cave. You can wander through this huge cavern which is easy accessible for everyone and will be flabbergasted by its beautifulness.
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5. Taste the local cuisine[ultimate_spacer height=”20″]
A visit to Gibraltar is the start to a discovery of the rich, diverse and fascinating world of wildlife. Let us introduce you to the inhabitants of Gibraltar. First of all, at Den Apes’ you can find the most famous ones, namely the Barbary Macaques which are the only wild primates in Europe. They will often approach people since they are used to human interaction, but remember that the monkeys are wild animals and thus can be dangerous. Do not do anything here to annoy them or feed them. Secondly if you sail into the bay you soon will be followed by fishes, turtles and dolphins! There are many possibilities to join a Dolphin Trip and see them in real life. You can also choose to go diving or fishing. You will be amazed by the great diversity of sea-life. And do you hear that? Is that the Honey Buzzard, the Sparrow hawk or the Blackbird? A real bird-lover will enjoy the 315 species of birds that can be found here. It is the perfect place to listing to the twittering of the birds and observe them in a peaceful environment.
Since I am a great food-lover and often the culture of a certain place reflects the food, I could not think of something better to have some fresh food and a good glass of wine at the place you visit. The green vegetation, the colour of life and the medieval architecture is a source of inspiration for many chefs in Gibraltar. Local dishes are for example Calentita, a local delicacy made from chickpea flour; Torta de Acelgas and Pinchitos, which are kebabs made of lamb or chicked prepared over hot coals. With the sea as strong part of the place, the fish can also not be forgotten. There are many restaurants where you can try all different types of fresh fish.
Did our “Top 5 reasons why you should visit Gibraltar” inspire you? And are you interested in visiting this amazing place? If you are following a language course with our language school, you can join us this Saturday (March 12). Keep an eye on the activity-board when and which activities and excursions takes place!