This lime kiln is the last surviving one in Gibraltar. It was built in the late 19th century. The desinfecting function of lime was used for several purposes, for example to paint the inner part of water cisterns or to cover recently deceased people so that plagues can’t spread. With some fantasy, you may surely guess where the raw material for the lime kiln came from (Hint: The rock mostly consists of limestone…).
The lime kiln is NOT located on Lime Kiln Road. This road name is an evidence for the importance lime kilns played once, but referred to another one. The last surviving lime kiln is located on Willis’s Road, just a few meters upwards when coming from the “City under Siege” exhibition.
If you go to Jews Gate expecting soemthing like a stone arch, you will be disappointed. But there are four things which may be of interes to you at this point. First, the old jewish cemetery which still can be visited. Second, the monument known as the “Pillars of Hercules” to show Gibraltar’s mentioning in ancient history (Please read my separate tip about that). Third, the Strait of Gibraltar Bird observatory. Finally, the lower end of the so-called “Mediterranean Steps”, a footpath which leads you up to the rock. That one is also described in a separate tip.
Gibraltar is one of very few cities in the world where the airport is a main tourist attraction. As Gibraltar is limited in land, the construction of this airport required several concessions which are rather unusual. First, the runway had to be extended into the sea to allow larger planes to land. Second, the runway crosses the most important street in Gibraltar which conncets it to Spain. However, it is an impressive sight to see a plane coming from over the water and land. It is even more impressive to see it crossing the street in from of you. You can view this spectacle from both sides fo the runway while waiting for the crossing gate to reopen again. If you want to go to the airport just to see a plane landing, it is advisable to check a timetable. Gibraltar only handles a hand full of flights per day.
This small park, situated inside the Botanic Gardens, is more than a small zoo. It creates awareness about endangered species and gives unwanted exotic animals a home. Most species are turtles, birds and monkeys. The largest animals are pot-bellied pigs, but space and specialization limit the number of species. Nice place, if you are interested in Gibraltar’s wildlife or visit Gibraltar with kids. With a 2 pound entry fee for adults (2009) there’s nothing wrong you can do about.
The Botanic Garden is the green heart of Gibraltar’s town center. It is located south to the town center and works as a typicla city park. However, the mediterranean climeate enables the park to grow a large number of species so that its plant diversity beats most of the usual parks in Europe. The Botanic Garden is an excellent place for a quiet, but interesting start into the day and gives you an insight into mediterranean flora. For Gibraltar’s Fauna, check out the Alameda Wildlife Conservation Park. It is located in the Botanic Garden and has only a limited number of species, but is still worth a visit. Check out my separate tip for that.
BTW, friends of James Joyce’s “Ulysses” should not miss the bronze statue of “Molly Bloom”, a character form the novel who was a native Gibraltarian. Friends of Royalty will notice the huge royal cypher of Elizabeth II right at the entrance.
While visiting the monkeys we had this absolutely breathtaking view of the town of Gibraltar. You can go much higher up by cable car, but that was not included in our tour. So while enjoying the company of the Gibraltar monkeys you get this fantastic view as a plus - ever so worth it!
Everything is British in Gibraltar, the phone-booths, the mail-boxes, the British flag, the language - it is ever so British :D As England is my favourite country so far I loved visiting Gibraltar. We visited on a very hot day, ca 38 degrees C, and it was wonderful being surrounded by this British influence experiencing such high temperatures.
My photos are taken in the center of town.
Hopefully this map will give you some idea of the shape, size and what is on offer in Gibralatar.
If time was available I think it would be ideal to catch a bus up the "Rock" as far as it will take you and then walk down to the town. Enjoy the view, attractions and history
Marina Bay is found on the west side of the Rock and is quite a sheltered location from the prevailing winds. The marina has around 209 births with staff on duty 24 hours a day. In the bay there are plenty of restaurants, a restaurant and some banks.
If you are into diving, there are several wrecks around Camp Bay which can be explored. The wrecks can be found anything from 9 to 17 metres down. There is a There is a 1 day tour operating from March to November in the bay of Algeciras and in Gibraltar.
The Public Market is just outside the Casemates Gate. The foundation stone was laid on June 20th, 1928 and the market opened in 1929. Small businesses operate out of the market where you can find fresh produce and fish.
The main post office is open from 9.00am to 4.30pm Monday to Friday and 10.00am to 1.00pm on Saturdays. Postal services in the territory have been running since 1886 and in 2005, the title of ‘Royal’ was granted by the Queen. Known as the
At this spot overlooking Marina Bay is a plaque which commemorates the visit of Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh on their visit to Gibraltar in 1994 ? It states that this is the place they stopped to look out over Gibraltar.
Construction of the Cathedral began in 1825 and took some 7 years before it was completed although it wasn’t until 1842 that the church was actually given the status of Cathedral. George Tomlinson was designated as the first Bishop. The Cathedral which is also known as the Gibraltar Cathedral has had quite a past. While it managed to survive WWII, it did not come out unscathed when the RFA Bedenham – an ammunition ship – blew up in 1951. As a result the building underwent extensive repairs
Irish Town, as it is down was established during the 1700’s. This was land which was allotted to the gentry of Gibraltar. The area or street runs parallel to Main Street. Of course you will expect to find some good Irish restaurants and pubs such as The Clipper and Corks. You might find the odd Consulate here also.
Absolutely fantastic with the most impressive views ever. Please see the video we made. ...more
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