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Gibraltar and Bolonia Day Trip from Cádiz
"Gibraltar is a British overseas territory under United Kingdom administration but claimed by the Kingdom of Spain. Gibraltar macaque (also known as ""Barbary ape"") was probably introduced by the Arabs from North Africa and is the only wild primate that they usually are agglomerated in the area of the protected area of the Rock. A superstition holds that if the monkeys leave the Rock so will the British so they are maintained by the local government.Bolonia beach is considered one of the five most beautiful beaches in Spain its main attraction is its dune. With over 30 metres high and 200 metres wide the Bolonia's dune and stands out within the huge system of dunes to which it belongs. Located in the Bolonia Inlet
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Gibraltar and Bolonia Day Trip from Cádiz
"Gibraltar is a British overseas territory under United Kingdom administration but claimed by the Kingdom of Spain. Gibraltar macaque (also known as ""Barbary ape"") was probably introduced by the Arabs from North Africa and is the only wild primate that they usually are agglomerated in the area of the protected area of the Rock. A superstition holds that if the monkeys leave the Rock so will the British so they are maintained by the local government.Bolonia beach is considered one of the five most beautiful beaches in Spain its main attraction is its dune. With over 30 metres high and 200 metres wide the Bolonia's dune and stands out within the huge system of dunes to which it belongs. Located in the Bolonia Inlet
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Half-Day Private City Tour of Marbella and Puerto Banús
"You will be picked up from your hotel or place of your choice and taken on this private excursion of Marbella and Puerto Banús. You will then be able to enjoy and admire the great architecture and sights of Marbella and Puerto Banus as well as most important and well-known monuments. The itinerary will be organized to suit your needs.Some of the monuments sights and activities:Old Town (Barrio Alto and Barrio Nuevo) Plaza de los Naranjos Chapel of St. John of God - Marbella Royal Hospital of Mercy Historic extension (botanic garden) Marbella’s Golde much more... Your private official tour guide and private luxury vehicle with chauffeur are at your disposal during the tour to help you enjoy the areas to the fullest and to get the most out of your experience in Marbella and Puerto Banús. your guide and vehicle will take you back to your hotel or your place of choice."""Enjoy this completely personalized private 4-hour tour of Marbella and Puerto Banús and explore the most iconic monuments and sights. Get to know these areas with your own private official tour guide and private vehicle with chauffeur. The visited sites o
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Barbary Apes Tips (3)

We just HAD to see a Barbary Ape!

The last thing we did in Gibraltar was take the #4 Bus from the Guard House area in town around to the more rugged side of the Rock, where the impressive cliffs towered almost vertically above our route. Once again, things did not quite work out as we had planned due to some sort of road works halting our progress in the middle of nowhere. The driver said we would have to get off there and wait for an incoming bus to take us back to town because this was as far as he was going. I think schedules were a bit mixed up too because of the run-up to New Years Eve celebrations in just a few hours time.

As it turned out, as we stood there beside the buildings crowded in the narrow area between the sea and the cliffs, a small troupe of Barbary Macaque's made its way along the rooftops above us! That was great, because they were one of the things we really wanted to see during our short time in Gibraltar.

It is not known if they are descendants of the animals brought over by the Moors in the 700s or are remnants of an ancient European population but, according to Wikipedia: "The Barbary Macaque population in Gibraltar is the last in the whole of the European continent, and, unlike that of North Africa, is thriving. At present there are some 230 animals in five troupes occupying the area of the Upper Rock, though occasional forays into the town may result in damages to personal property. As they are a tailless species, they are also known locally as Barbary Apes or Rock Apes, despite the fact that they are monkeys (Macaca sylvanus). The Barbary Macaque is considered Gibraltar's unofficial national animal."

It was a great way to end our little Gibraltar excursion as we hopped on the next bus and headed for the border to continue our eastward journey in Spain.

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Bwana_Brown
Oct 05, 2009

When at the top of the rock -...

When at the top of the rock - go see some of the locals!! only joking. The apes have learnt to fleece tourists too, when the sightseeing taxis (expensive) go past they sit in the middle of the road and will not move until they get some food, evolving fast?

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bonio
Aug 25, 2002

the Barbary monkeys

they mostly mind their own business, groming each other and enjoying sunbathing, when hungry they roam around and steal what they can

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nipper1
Nov 02, 2005
 
 
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