Ok, this will seem like a no-brainer, but anyone even thinking about going to Gibraltar has to know that the view from the top of the Rock is high on the most amazing things I have ever seen! You can see all the way to Morocco across the sea. And don't just take the cable car up, snap a couple pictures and laugh at the barbary apes then head back down - I *highly* recommend that you also take some time to hike along the top. It's beautiful and breath-taking. And the little forts and lookouts left have a lot of character to them, as well.
Gibraltar's main sight is the Rock, which rises to over 400 metres, and offers great views over Gibraltar, of Spain and even across to Africa. There is more to do up here than simply admire the views; if you have the time you could visit the Nature Reserve, St. Michael's Cave, the Siege Tunnels or O'Hara's Battery.
This limestone rock has got a 200 Million year history and makes this end of the Iberian Peninsula so spectacular. It can be reached by cable car or small tour bus and the view from the top across the Straits of Gibraltar and the surrounding areas of Spain are spectacular. The Rock is also riddled with caves one of the largest the St. Michael’s Cave can be visited.
The trouble with being on a big rock is that it is very hard to see exactly what it looks like when you are standing somewhere on it. It is therefore necessary to drive a little way onto Spanish soil to get the best views. You don't need to go that far, and the best way to see it is to stay by the waters edge.
Of course to see what's inside Gibraltar you need to be in Gibraltar itself. Even though I come from Britain and am used to seeing the British Union Jack flag, nothing prepared me for the number I saw in Gibraltar. It's like Britain on steroids. I think the harder the Spanish squeeze, the more British the people become, and if Spain is ever to win control, it has a lot of hearts and minds to win over first! Just recently, they haven't been trying too hard at this!
The Upper Rock is a nature reserve and is open daily from 9.30am - 7pm.
Admission price Adults: £7
children 5-12 yrs £4
Children under 4 are free
Vehicles are charged £1.50 each
These prices of admission include:
St Michaels Cave
Military Heritage Centre
Great Siege Tunnels
Gibraltar City Under Siege exhibition
Moorish Castle100 Ton gun (Nelsons Anchorage
Admission for the rock but not including any attractions for pedestrians is 50p each.
It does not include the Cable car which is £7.
But of course you can walk up the Rock or drive.
it is a great walk .. or car run.
You'll see The Rock Apes, the apes are tailless monkeys, properly known as Barbary macaques. They are fun and they are very used to people. they let you touch them. it is really fun
Like most "Tourists", we wanted to see as much as possible in a short time. There are guided tours by special taxis available, but we found them a bit pricey and opted to explore the attractions ourself in our car. With a proper map available for free at many places, one can pick and choose how much time to spend at each attraction. As the route is clearly marked on that little map, its easy to find the way around and one does not have to rush knowing that the driver is waiting to go on. The only challenge driving in Gibraltar are the EXTREMELY narrow roads. The EUROPE point is a must see.
Of course, you have to go to the top of the rock. Don't worry, there are railings to keep you from blowing off the edge. There's also a place to eat up there if you find yourself being overtaken by hunger.
The associated picture is taken lookingstraight down on the east side. I hope you don't have vertigo!
There's several things to see here. Not only the monkeys but also some amazing caves with colourful stalactites and stalagmites, a beautiful view to the Atlantic Sea and Mediterrean at the same time (!) and a very beautiful nature reservate. And of course the bastions that are memories from many different wars.
The flora and fauna of the Upper Rock Nature Reserve are of conservation interest. Within it are many of the animals and plants described in the Natural History section of this Fact File but the highlights are the Barbary Macaques (the famous Rock Apes), the Barbary Partridges, and flowers such as Gibraltar's own Chickweed, Thyme and Candytuft.ROCK APES The 'apes' are really tail-less monkeys found wild in Morocco and Algeria, with the ones on the Rock being the only free-ranging ones in Europe. At the Apes' Den (Queen's Gate) or around the Great Siege Tunnels you have the opportunity of seeing these fascinating monkeys at close quarters. Please remember that although they are normally well behaved, they are wild animals and despite their relative size can be dangerous. Here one of the Apes.
Gibraltar is accessible by air, land or sea. There are schedules flights from Gatwick, Luton and Manchester daily. The frontier land crossing is open 24 hours with no restrictions. You will however need your passport to cross and the Spanish and Gibraltarian customs officers check them regularly. There are also many cruise liners which stop off at Gibraltar throughout the Year. There is also daily ferry service to and from Morocco.
This is the flag of Gibraltar.