Caves / Tunnels, Gibraltar
The Siege Tunnels are a very impressive piece of engineering, and it is widely known that they were built by blasting them out of the rock. However if you know more exactly how they did it, it will make it more interesting when you visit.
Check out the picture of me stood against the walls in the Siege Tunnel. To my right you will see at least three straight lines drawn in the rock, about 30 cms in length (1 foot). These straight lines show where the British drilled into the rock to place the charges. They then detonated the charges and cleared away the debris before repeating the process. The huge number of drill marks in the rock indicate just how long this process must have taken, and how much effort must have gone into it.
Favorite thing: This cave has attracted visitors since Roman times and is situated 300m above sea level on the southerly end of the Rock. During the World War II, its main cave was prepared as amilitary emergency hospital but was not used. Inside you have some marvelous sights with its interconnecting passageways with really impressive stalagmites and stalactites. Today's visitors has the benefit of footlights and hand rails to assist them. It is still slippery underfoot though, so be sure to wear good footware and be very careful in every step. According to our guide it has long been believed that the caves are bottomless which in turn gave credence to the theory that there was once a subterranean link, about 15 miles long, between Gibraltar and Africa
see the Rock, the Cave and the apes.
Fondest memory: Feeding the monkeys on the Rock (stricly forbiden) and listening the music in the concert hall in the Cave, walking on the green light through the airfield runaway, view of Africa from Puenta de Europa - the most southern point of Gibraltar (look at the picture).
Lots of history, lit caves, nice views. From inside and the top. Where else in the world can you see both Europe & Africa?
People have dug in the rock for many years and you can go inside the Rock and see some of the history.
You can be inside the Rock of Gibraltar and look out over the airport runway and across the border into Spain.
Its very easy to walk about in Gib and standing at Europa Point and looking at Africa was indeed cool!
I have captured many memories on Super 8 film.
Does that now sound old fashioned?
Fondest memory: Looking across to Africa and into Spain.
Walking down main Street.
Its foreign yet more British than the British.
The people are friendly but what I'll remember is that everything was painted red white and blue the Union Flag was everywhere.
I remember the tunnels in the rock with the cannon's and views of the strait. It is impressive to say the least.
Fondest memory: Coming up from Morocco and then spending time in Spain it was actually using English to order in a pub. I visited the rock several times over the next two years.