The post office as well as the special gift shop next door are located in Main Street. Please note if you plan to buy stamps that you need GBP!!! I fortunately had GBP, so there was no problem in buying stamps but a German lady trying to pay in Euro had no chance whatsoever. Lucky for her, I was helping her out.
In April 2011 a stamp to Europe cost 44 p and to the US 51 p.
If you have a big rock, and very little land to go with it, how do you build a runway? This was indeed quite a significant problem to the British. At one point the Spanish had closed the border between them and Gibraltar. No runway would mean all provisions would need shipping in.
The answer came with the classic Dutch solution of land reclamation. The whole runway is out to sea. The only part that isn't is where the mainroad into Gibraltar crosses over it. This of course brings another problem. How can you have planes landing and cars crossing the runway. The answer to this as I have experienced at first hand, is to close the road every time a plane comes down. When you couple this with Spanish customs delays, it can make entering or leaving Gibraltar a fairly lengthy process!
Casemates Square is a quiet laid back place at the end of Main St. and provides an ideal meeting place. It is also a good place to get a taxi. There are a number of small cafe's and bars in the tunnels on one side plus shops and a Tourist Information Centre. The Casemates area was part of the old town under Spanish rule until in 1713 the Treaty of Utrecht handed all rights to Britain. The Spanish laid siege to Gibraltar in 1727 and although unsuccessful much of the old town was destroyed. Rather than rebuild it, the buildings were cleared and an open space created part of which still remains as the modern Casemates Square.
Trafalgar Cemetery is south of the city walls. It is a very small cemetery. It was a military cemetery and bears its name from the Battle of Trafalgar although only two of those buried here were actually in the Battle of Trafalgar.
Each year on Trafalgar day there is a ceremony here in memory of the battle and of Nelsons victory in October 1805. Other graves date from the late 1700's.The cemetery was originall called Southport Ditch cemetery.
The Botanic Gardens has been going through a lot of work, but some of the footpaths are still in need of attention. Its quite a large part and hilly in parts. Lots of winding footpaths and so many different varieties of trees and flowers. Ponds with fish and terrapins. It is a nice place to have a wonder or to sit and just relax.
The gardens were opened in 1816.
A lot of work has been accomlished since the middle 1990's after the park had been neglected for a long time. It is a very natural kind of place, and not laid out formally.
Wildlife thrives here, many different species of birds, butterflies, frogs, lizards, terrapins and even praying mantis. Bats every live here! Thank goodness I didnt see any!
The keys cut into the grass on this picture represent the keys to Gibraltar, it is also the emblem they use on their flag.
Generl Wladislaw Sikorkski was the commander in chief of the Polish army during the second world war and also their Prime Minister, he ran the country at one point in exile. This is a monument to him, he died in a plane crash very near to this point in July1943.
When we visited Little Bay it was on our November 2003 visit to Gibraltar. Not too many people about them of course although in August 2004 it was very busy.
There is quite a large car park, a big swimming pool called Nuffield Pool. Also there is a paddling pool area, showers which I think were 50p, toilets also.
There is a cafe/bar/restaurant on the front as well. When we visited in November it was open and we called in for a drink. It had just been bought by a guy from the Manchester area. However when we visited in August 2004 he wasnt there.
We noticed though that most people seemed to take cool bags/boxes with their lunches and drinks in.
The Pillars of Hercules also known as the Gates of Hercules are the gateway through the straits of Gibraltar.
As legend says Hercules had to climb the Atlas Mountains in Africa but instead he used his mace to divide them opening up the Atlantic and the Mediterranean and forming the straits of Gibraltar.
There is apparently a similar thing in North Africa in a place called Ceuta, next to Morrocco which is Spanish owned.
From the pillars of Hercules you get a lovely view on a clear day of the coast of Africa.
This plaque at the pillars says "To the ancient world Ginbraltar was known as Mon Calpe. One of the legendry pillars created by Hercules. As a religious shrine and as an entrance to Hades. To many it signified the non plus ultra. The end of the then known world.
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!
If you go to Europa Point you should visit Little Bay only about 5 minutes walk away.
In the summer this is a very popular place where a lot of the locals come bringing their picnics.
As you walk down to the bay you have the rock on your right hand side looming up, and this waterfall I thought looked really nice.
You can tell by the city gates and the fortifications that Gibraltar had a huge military past. The gates lead into Casemates Square and were opened in 1727. This was because when the Spanish tried to take over Gibraltar this area was the old town and was badly damaged, it was then flattened and Casemates Square was formed.
This picture is taken inside the gates on the Casemates Square side. On the entrance it reads Grand Casemate Gates.
The Alameda Gardens was opened to the public in 1816, many of the plants are of native species and others brought in from abroad, often from former British territories like Australia and South Africa with which Gibraltar had maritime links at the time of the British Empire. Since 1991 many new species have been planted, some growing in Gibraltar for the first time. The entrance is free, and the Gardens are situated beside the Cable Car. Ample parking is available. Please see my tip on the Alameda Wildlife Park as well.
It is also possible to hold your wedding in the Alameda Gardens.
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