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Private Half Day Tour to Gibraltar from Marbella
"Tour starts with a hotel pick up from Marbella or surrounding Costa del Sol towns. The tour will start strolling along its commercial street discovering its most populous buildings. Then visit the Nature Reserve by minibus (with about 20 seats)  Europa Point the Moorish castle etc. We will probably see the famous Gibraltar monkeys.Once finishing visiting the Nature Reserve you will have some time to do shopping. On the way to the car/minibus we walk along its promenade full of bars and restaurants on the harbor (w"""Private half day tour in Gibraltar visiting its Nature Reserve: Saint Michael's cave the European point
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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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Private Half Day Tour to Gibraltar from Marbella
"Tour starts with a hotel pick up from Marbella or surrounding Costa del Sol towns. The tour will start strolling along its commercial street discovering its most populous buildings. Then visit the Nature Reserve by minibus (with about 20 seats)  Europa Point the Moorish castle etc. We will probably see the famous Gibraltar monkeys.Once finishing visiting the Nature Reserve you will have some time to do shopping. On the way to the car/minibus we walk along its promenade full of bars and restaurants on the harbor (w"""Private half day tour in Gibraltar visiting its Nature Reserve: Saint Michael's cave the European point
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St Michael's Cave

St Michael's cave it was the first stop for our tour but again very short and by the time I adjusted the camera and taken few photos it was time to move on to the next attraction.
It's a very large natural cave with a lot of tunnels filled with stalactites of all shapes and sizes with different lightning changing every few seconds whom it was very difficult to take in everything around you and the fact that we only had fifteen minutes again it has made this a very dangerous.
You do need more than half an hour in there as I never got to read the history or enjoy all the natural beauty the cave had to offer. In the cave they do have concerts which I take it must get very cold seating there so you will need extra layers.
There’s also another section at a lower ground called St Michael's Lower cave which for that you need to pre-book and pre pay for a guided tour. The tour it will take you down to the lagoon but unfortunately I haven’t been able to take.
As it’s very cold down there and it doesn't matter what season you go you will need to have extra layers on.

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Galaxy31
Apr 28, 2015

The Great Siege Tunnels

The tour I had taken while I’m was in Gibraltar included the Great Siege Tunnels which the tour operator only gave us fifteen minutes and he has also told us up to where we needed to go before we had to return. This it’s one reason why I don’t like tours and I prefer to go by my own on my pace. Now I know how everything works and if I go back which it’s more likely I will do I will explore the whole Rock in a different way and at my own time.
When you enter you have got a lot of information boards with the history of the tunnels in a great detail but I didn't have time to read any of it except the first one at the entrance. In some places you could see the marks on the rock from the chisels. Also the figures dressed up in military costumes was interesting as you get an idea how heavy their clothes were.
The tunnels are very impressive for the defended system made by a human. It was excavated during the Great Siege of 1779-1783 using the simplest tools and gunpowder.
I got to add that it has exceptional scenery with views over Spain, airport and Gibraltar marina.

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Galaxy31
Apr 28, 2015

World War II Tunnels

The World War II Tunnels in the Upper rock of Gibraltar were excavated by the Royal Engineers and the Canadian Engineers between 1939 and 1944 to provide protection to the troops during World War II.
There tunnels inside tunnels which they link with the Great Siege Tunnels.

The tunnels during the war have been in used as a military hospital, a communication centre, food and fuel storage, and an accommodation for the troops.
At the entrance of the tunnels there is a lot of exhibits including digging tools that they had used for the excavation and a lot of photos taken during the time that they were using the tunnels.
The whole tour lasts about one hour and covers around 900 metres which I got to say I haven’t taken as I’m was running out of time but I did had the chance to see the exhibition at the entrance.

The tour cost £8.00 for an adult and £5.00 for a child and runs between 10.00am to 16.00pm Monday to Saturday and it’s not included in the Upper Rock attractions ticket.

If you have got time and walk along Devil’s Tower Road and look up at the Rock you can see the small windows to the tunnels.

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Galaxy31
Apr 14, 2015

ST. MICHAEL'S CAVE

With nearly a million visitors a year, St. Michael’s Cave is one of the most popular attractions in Gibraltar, having fascinated guests since Roman times"

It is situated some 300 metres above sea level and is arguably one of the most spectacular natural grottoes in Europe. Reputed to be bottomless, or linked to Africa by a subterranean passage over 15 miles (24 Km) long under the Strait of Gibraltar, the cave has been the subject of myths and stories throughout the centuries.
The cave consists of an Upper Hall with 5 connecting passages and rocks between 40ft (12.2m) and 150ft (45.7m) to a smaller hall. Beyond this, a series of narrow halls leads to a further succession of chambers, reaching depths of some 250ft (62.5m) below the entrance. During World War II the cave was prepared as an emergency hospital, but was never used as such.

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Jul 02, 2013
 
 
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St Michael's Cave

Full of stalactites and stalagmites, this is the largest cave in Gibraltar. It was used as a hospital during World War II and today hosts concerts and fashion shows. The cave is lit up in places and was fun to explore. It was only spoilt by the concrete floor and seating in the Upper St Michael's Cave which gave it an unatural feel.

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tim07
Jan 02, 2012

St Michael's Cave

The network of limestone caves is extensive and our tour included entry. We walked through several caves which were typical of limestone caves. The lighting highlighted the beauty of the formations.

The main caves had pathways however you had to be aware of where you were walking as the path contained many twists and turns, sometimes a little dark and there were steps.

The caves are located on the Upper Rock approximately 300 metres above sea level. The caves are estimated as being thousands of years old and in 1974 proof that the caves were know to prehistoric man was confirmed through the finding of art on the cave walls.

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Mikebb
Apr 04, 2011

Unbeleivable: The great Siege Tunnels

The great siege tunnel is about 60 kilometers long. Excavated by the British army during the Great siege of 1779-83, these tunnels form part of what is arguably the most impressive defence system anywhere.
You will be able to visit only one part of the tunnel. It is worth the visit. Take the time to think about the battles when in the tunnel. It will give a totally other point of view!

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AlexeRoy
Apr 04, 2011

The dark St. Micheal's Cave

The tradition say that this cave has no bottom and that it communicates with Africa. In reality this cave is 62 kilometers deep.
Situated at a hight of approximately 300 meters above sea level, this is one of Europe's most dramatic natural grottoes. A new sound and light system has been installed that dramatically enhances the cave's natural features.
You will see some huge Stalactites and stalagmites.
Interesting but not recommended for people who are sacred in dark places.

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AlexeRoy
Apr 04, 2011

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St. Michael's Cave

St. Michael’s Cave is the best-known and by far the most visited among all the caves in the rock of Gibraltar. It is the place where Neanderthal skulls were found and has been mentioned several times in ancient documents. During WWII, it was turned into a hospital, but was never in use. There are legends that there is a tunnel leading to northern Africa which was once the way the Barbary apes came to Gibraltar. In the ancient world, it was even said that it is the entrance to the Hades, the underworld of greek mythology. Now, it is not only a tourist attraction, but also a concert hall. The acoustics must be phenomenal there. Unfortunately, it is a natural hall which contains a lot of water leaks too – it can get really wet during a concert. The main cave, called cathedral cave, is open for visitors. The lower caves, which are connected through tunnels, can only be visited on appointment and with a guide. For that, please buy your ticket at least three days in advance from the tourist information. The normal entrance to St. Michael’s cave is included in the nature reserve combination ticket which also includes the 100 ton gun, Nelson’s Anchorage, the Great Siege Tunnels, the Moorish Castle and the City under Siege exhibition.

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Jan 03, 2010

Great Siege Tunnels

Gibraltar has experienced several sieges in all ears of history, but the best known are those between 1704 and 1783, including the 14th and last siege (1779-1783): “The Great Siege”. It was at that time that the British built the military structures into the northern part of the rock to defend it from attacking spanish forces. Some dozen miles of tunnels were blasted into the rock. It became a full-working fort, including a military hospital, rooms for ammunition storage and of course several cannon holes to attack the Spanish troops. The upper galleries of this tunnel system can be visited under the name “Great Siege tunnels”. They are included in the nature reserve combination ticket which is also valid for St. Michael’s Caves, the Moorish Castle, Nelson’s Anchorage, the 100 ton gun, the City under Siege exhibition and the neighbouring Military Heritage center.

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Airpunk
Dec 28, 2009

City under Siege

“City under Siege” is an exhibition about how the city looked like during the time of the Great Siege (1783). It focuses on military life and is located in former 18th century military buildings. You are allowed to walk along the ruins and read about how goods were distributed in this time and what soldiers and war prisoners did. The open air exhibition is nothing I would mention on its own, but as it is located close to ther places, it is worth a visit. Indeed, you can visit many of the on a combination ticket. This ticket is valid for St. Michael’s Caves, the Moorish Castle, the Great Siege Tunnels, the Military Heritage Center, Nelson’s Anchorage, the 100 ton gun and of course the City under Siege exhibition. The City under Siege exhibition was the only place where nobody cared of showing a ticket...

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Airpunk
Dec 28, 2009

St. Michael's Cave.

Next stop on our trip was the fantastic St. Michael's Cave which is located on the Upper Rock 300 meters above sea-level. It was amazing, it just took my breath away. The stalagmites were awesome and had colourful lights which shone on them making them even more beautiful and mysterious. It was like walking into a fairytale and the music made it even more impressive.

There is a scull in the cave, which startled us a bit with a sign saying "The first visitor". The scull is a copy of a scull which was excavated from Forbe's quarry in 1848. A Neolithic bowl was discovered here in 1974, which proves that prehistoric man knew of St. Michael's Cave, and maybe the Neanderthals were the first to wander into the caves as 2 Neanderthals sculls have been found on Gibraltar. Imagine that! This makes St. Michael's Cave even more impressive.

There is a concert hall in the caves, originally prepared to be used as a hospital during WW2. It was never used and was changed into an auditorium for concerts and ballets.

The admission fee was included in the price of the tour.

If you've got astma take your medicine before you enter the caves. I didn't and even though we only stayed inside the caves for maybe 20 minutes or so I started having difficulty breathing. But it was so worth it!

Don't miss out on visiting the caves, they are fantastic.

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Dec 16, 2009

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