As I soaked up breathtaking panoramic views of Spain and Morocco, 1,400 ft. above sea level, from the Rock of Gibraltar, I was glad I decided to visit. I wanted a short holiday within Europe to discover a new place; Gibraltar seemed a great option for a city break. You can visit most of the peninsula within 3 to 5 days.
Gibraltar is a British Overseas Territory on Spain’s south coast, so the culture and lifestyle is very similar to Britain, as I expected - Full English breakfast, fish-and-chips shops, pubs and bars. However, the weather was much warmer than the British weather in February. Did you know it was in Gibraltar that Yoko Ono and John Lennon tied the knot in the late 60’s?
I fell in love with the landscape of the city. The colourful row houses on Catalan Bay, eastern side of the Rock of Gibraltar are a spectacular view. Ocean Village Marina, where I stayed, was absolutely picturesque with many anchored yachts.
With regard to sightseeing, I wandered the famous Grand Casemates Square and Main Street, watching the world go by. The most interesting attractions were the Rock of Gibraltar, with its narrow and winding roads, which we had to drive up through to get to the Upper Rock Nature Reserve and St. Michael’s Cave, with exceptional stalactites and stalagmites formations.
The Rock of Gibraltar is the most visited attraction in Gibraltar because of the spectacular views that can be appreciated from the top of the rock. On the Rock, the most striking experience was when I came across a population of Barbary Macaques. These beautiful creatures wander most of the Upper Rock Reserve, full of life and vigour. Apparently, the Barbary Macaques are the only population of wild monkeys in the entire European continent – interesting right?
The free-spirit nature of the Barbary Macaques cast a spell on me and I left The Rock curious about their existence. The Barbary Macaques are believed to have migrated several years ago, into Gibraltar from Morocco. Today, the Barbary Macaque population in North Africa is fast declining, as a result of loss of habitat and their illegal capturing, to say the least.
The Gibraltar Barbary Macaque population remains the only thriving population of all the Barbary Macaques, making the Rock of Gibraltar a top attraction for tourists.
My visit to Gibraltar was worth it. Unfortunately, I missed The Great Siege and World War II Tunnels, which are also exciting attractions to look out for. Despite that, my mission to explore a new location was fulfilled to satisfaction. It may take a long while before I visit Gibraltar again, simply because there are still too many new places left for me to discover. However, it’s definitely an excellent destination for a city break.