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April 117 2019



Image representing the port-Gibraltar

The Rock crouches over the sea like an ancient stone beast, looking Sphinx-like to Africa. Beneath the white cliffs of this natural fortress grows a profusion of palm, pine, and cypress. No fewer than 600 varieties of flowers thrive here, some not found anywhere else on Earth. Gibraltar's stunning setting is matched by its history - five countries have battled for 13 centuries to control the passage between the Atlantic and the Mediterranean. The result made for a cultural melting pot. Veiled Moroccan women in caftans and vacationing Englishmen and Spaniards stroll along the narrow, steep lanes. The locals revert to a liquid Spanish when talking among themselves. And visitors to a 15th-century cathedral pass through a blue-tiled courtyard, once part of a 13th-century mosque.
Helmeted bobbies, pillar-boxes and pubs make for a bit of Britain in the Mediterranean. Gibraltar is a fascinating place, from its caves and batteries to the Barbary apes gamboling on the slopes of the Rock.

Tour: Cable Car & Great Siege Tunnels
Depart: 12:00PM
Return: 03:30PM
Date: April 11, 2019
The first thing to catch your eye on Europa Point is the beautiful, red and white striped lighthouse that dominates the landscape. Situated at the gateway between the Atlantic and the Mediterranean on Europe's most southerly point, the lighthouse stands proudly over the area and is visible for miles. First lit in 1941, the lighthouse was a welcomed addition for sailors who knew the difficulty of maneuvering around Gibraltar Bay. Sharing the grounds is the Shrine of Our Lady of Europe, another important monument for the sailors. Before the lighthouse was built, it was the glow from within the little chapel which would guide them. Coexisting on the site is the most southerly mosque in Europe, Ibrahim-al-Ibrahim Mosque. Given as a gift in 1997 from the late King Fahd Al-Saud, this lovely domed mosque is also a school, library and meeting hall.
Your next panoramic viewing point occurs when you ride the cable car to Top Station, located on the site of a World War II gun emplacement. During your short ride to the top, you can see Africa, Spain and the sparkling Mediterranean Sea.
On your descent, your cable car ride stops at Middle Station, the area known as the Apes' Den. No visit to Gibraltar would be complete without seeing these tailless creatures, the only free-roaming monkeys in Europe. The Barbary Apes have been entertaining visitors to Gibraltar with their playful antics for years and have mysteriously inhabited the area for centuries. The apes are well cared for by the Gibraltar Ornithological and Natural History Society and are given fresh food and water every day to supplement what can be found in the wild.
The area known as the Upper Galleries, which includes the Great Siege Tunnels. Your guided tour includes a walk through the tunnels carved by the British out of solid limestone. This defensive system was begun on May 25, 1782 and stands as a testament to the hardships endured during the Great Siege.
A short drive brings you to the center of town and to the Gibraltar Crystal Factory. Established in 1995, Gibraltar Crystal is based in the heart of the city centre, Casemates Square, at the entrance to Main Street, in an old fortified barracks dating back to the early 1800's.Marvel at how the Master Glass Blowers hand-make all their goods using the ancient skills passed down from generations to generations. This is followed by a visit to the factory store where you can purchase a souvenir genuinely handmade on the Rock of Gibraltar.


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