Favorite thing: If you visit the rock, be sure to see the Barbary Apes. Legend has it if they leave the rock, Gibraltar will no longer be in British hands. When I sat down in the outside cafeteria, they performed tricks leaping from chairs to tables, and one crafty ape stole my chocolate bar!
i really liked the cave and the monkeys.
they behave like humans what is not good.people gave them candy and cookies.on the entrance when you drive in you can read that they must not be fed,because they have a diet.
if you give them food they can "attack" you because they want more.
be carefull with your car.the monkeys will get on your car (or in)
Fondest memory: one taxidriver gave a monkey a little plastic bottle with water.the monkey drunk some and gave it back.that was nice to see.
a monkey bows the antenna of the car another monkey came. the monkey was hit by the antenna.not real nice but there behaviour was like little childeren.
Living high up on the rock are the barbary apes numbering in excess of 300 we saw plenty of them near the entrance to st michaels cave and around the gift shop.Although they do not seem to have a fear of humans and will let you feed them by hand, remember that they are wild animals and should be treat with the respect of such.
Fondest memory: The 'TIN CAN' statue man who would remain motionless for minutes at a time then a bemused passer by would get just that bit too close and out of thier skin they would jump!
I loved the Barbary apes. Calypso tours took our tour group all over the Rock, but I'd have to say the apes really stole my heart.
Fondest memory: Gibraltar seemed to be a perfectly concentrated melting pot of cultures. Even though it was a small place, it was jammed with little shops and friendly people.
They look as if butter wouldn't melt while sat grooming each other, and eating the nibbles you give them, but BEWARE.All the while they are watching us with interest.As we are cooing over them, they are waiting for the moment they can make their move to get your bag with the goodies.
'Charge Grab' and its over, He wins!!!
My friend Anne in the photo had her bag 'grabbed' and it had her camra in, we managed to distract him and got it back.
The British believe, that as long as the monkeys live in Gibraltar, the colony will belong to United Kingdom.
That's why they treat the monkeys like queens. The monkeys have everything they need, hey are awfully spoiled, insolent and they bite. Beware of the monkeys.
Fondest memory: The monkey on my head. Brrrrrrrr!
Ah, meeting a 'friendly' Barbary ape here in Gibraltar, most definitely! ;-D
At the Apes' Den and in the area of the Great Siege Tunnels, you have the RARE opportunity to mingle with these cute semi-wild primates at close proximity. If you stand real close to them, these monkeys (apes?) will be at their absolute adorable selves and show you a glimpse of their everyday live(s).
These Apes are a species of tailless monkeys called Barbary Macaques and they can be found in Morocco and Algeria.... with those in Gibraltar being the ONLY free-living apes in Europe today.
Anyway, don't you think this barbary ape (see pic below) is just sooo cute?! Oh, and any resemblance to you and your relative(s) - whether dead or alive - is purely coincidental. hehe... :-)
Fondest memory: Well, this may sound glib, but the best memory of Gibraltar was watching the "apes" (Barbary macaques) on the Rock. Lots and lots of fun.