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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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Governor House Tips (11)

GOVERNOR HOUSE

Originally a Franciscan friary founded in the 16th century, the Convent has been the official residence of the Governor of Gibraltar since 1728, only a few years after the city was ceded by Spain to England by virtue of the Treaty of Utrecht. The building’s original appearance has mostly vanished as it has been replaced by Victorian features.

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draguza
Jul 02, 2013

The Convent

The building was originally a Convent of Franciscan Friars. Since 1728 it has been the offical residence of Gibraltar's Governors. The Changing of the Guard ceremony takes place here during week days.

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tim07
Nov 19, 2011

The guard house

The guard hose stands in front of the convent and is one of Gibraltar’s most notable buildings. It is adjacent to 6, Convent Place where most of the government’s offices are located (that is the building you see right behing the guard house). If someone wants to share more knowledged about this beautiful building with the shiny cannons in front, I’ll appreciate it.

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Airpunk
Jan 01, 2010

The convent

The convent is one of the oldest buildings in Gibraltar. It was indeed founded as a Franciscan friary in 1531. After the capture of Gibraltar in 1720, the Franciscan monks did not leave the convent for the following years, but finally moved to Spain eight years later. Since 1728, it is the Governmor’s see. The building’s 16th century style has mostly vanished as it has been replaced by Victorian features. Today, it is the offical see of Gibraltar’s governor. The guard house in fornt of it is described separately.
A change of guards takes place several times a day, but I haven’t figured out the times for it. The dining room is said to be one of the most beautiful in the world, with the most extensive display of heraldry within the commonwealth. However, it is not accesible to the public.

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Airpunk
Jan 01, 2010
 
 
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The old Convent Guard House

As our bus returned to Main Street in downtown Gibraltar, Sue and I got off very close to the Governor's House so we could transfer to the #4 Bus for a sea-level trip around to the foot of the sheer cliffs rising near Europa Point. It so happened that our waiting area was directly in front of the very appealing Convent Guard House with its two shining brass cannons. The Royal Gibraltar Regiment in their red coats perform regular changing of the guard ceremonies there, as both a tourist attraction and as tradition to ensure that the Governor is properly protected.

The official residence of the Governor is located close-by and is in an old Franciscan friary, orginially built in 1531 and now known as The Convent. The friars continued their useage of the building until 1728, when the new British rulers finally evicted them fourteen years after their conquest of Gibraltar. From that time onward The Convent has been the official residence of the Governor but it now has more of a Georgian/Victorian era look to it because of repairs that had to be made following various bombardments!

Bus #4 was not long in arriving and we were off to see our first Barbary 'Apes' (my 'Local Customs' tip).

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Bwana_Brown
Oct 06, 2009

Changing of the Guard

The Changing of the guard is a military ceremony and is carried out by the Gibraltar Regiment. This performance occurs daily on week days – several times – outside the old Convent. You can find out more from the information centre.

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keeweechic
May 03, 2009

Govenors Residence or The Convent

The old convent was completed by the Franciscan Friars in 1531 after they were given the plot of land. In 1711 it was pillaged by Barbarossa’s pirates and the chapel was used as a store house during the Great Siege of 1779 to 1783. Since 1728, the convent has been the official residence of the Governor of the territory. During the 18th and 19th centuries, the convent underwent some major renovations. There is a rumour that a Grey Lady haunts the building. She is thought to be a Franciscan Num who tried to elope with her sweetheart and was caught and walled up alive in one of the rooms.

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keeweechic
May 03, 2009

The Convent

The Convent has been the official residence of the Governor of Gibraltar since 1728. It used to be a convent of Franciscan Friars which was built in 1531.

After the Friars left Gibraltar in 1704 the building was transferred to Gibraltar's Governor.

The adjacent King's Chapel was part of the Franciscan convent and later became the garrison church.

Directions:
The Convent is situated near the south end of Gibraltar's Main Street.

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HORSCHECK
Apr 25, 2009

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Changing of the guard

Gibraltar's Convent is guarded by soldiers of the Royal Gibraltar Regiment, which is an infantry unit of regular and volunteer soldiers.

The changing of the guard takes place several times per day on weekdays. This military ceremony is always well worth seeing.

Directions:
The changing of the guard can be watched just in front of the Convent.

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HORSCHECK
Apr 25, 2009

The Convent

The Governor's House is also known as the Convent, as from 1531 it was a Franciscan Friary. It is also supposedly haunted by a lady in grey who was said to me a nun.
On pictures you may have seen the Governor's House with soliders marching. It apparently used to be that this was done each day, but when we asked in the Angry Friar the pub across the road we were told that these parades are now only held on special occasions. When we visited in August 2004 we were walking down Main Street when the soldiers in their uniform and playing their instruments came marching down the street, unfortunately we had left the camera at the hotel!

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bugalugs
Sep 30, 2004

change of guard

we missed the change of the guards. i think the last time was 17.00 hours.we were here about 17.30 hours and it was raining.

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dila
Dec 03, 2002

Things to Do Near Gibraltar

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The Town / Main Street

Gibraltar’s Main Street it's were you can find a lot of shops selling duty free items as cigarettes, drinks, electronics and jewellery. There are also the familiar shops as we have in Britain as Marks...
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Caves / Tunnels

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...
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Barbary Apes

After we left St Michael's cave we stopped at the Apes Den for fifteen minutes again. When I'm was there weren't too many monkeys around as they have been fed about an hour earlier and they were just...
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The Rock

Now that the military restrictions were reduced, a couple of hours will be enough to go up to the top, visit the caves, enjoy the wide sights over the straight and Moroccan coast, and descend, meeting...
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Cable Car

We waited about 40 mins - I had to persuade my wife not to take the minibus as the cable car ride is a bit of an institution. The queue in the hot summer heat was uncomfortable but the views and the...
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Statues / Monuments / Museums

The memorial to honour the Royal Marines is located by the Waterport just behind the marina. The memorial it was unveiled in March the 2nd 2009 to celebrate 300 years of the British and Dutch marines...
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