The British Overseas Territory of Gibraltar, is a Mediterranean sunshine spot known in classical times as one of the Pillars of Hercules.
Today its English speaking but uniquely Gibraltarian culture reflects its diverse 1000+ years of recorded history.
Awarded UNESCO world heritage status for its Neanderthal past Gibraltar is a vibrant historical setting for visitors of all ages.
Highlights include ancient caves, intricate tunnel systems that became the secret hide out of visiting prime ministers and soldiers during WWII, together with extraordinary wildlife from the Barbary macaques to the colourful inhabitants of the Alameda Wildlife Conservation park.
Vibrant marinas reflect a destination bursting with water sport activity and a history of the sailing elite. The Bay of Gibraltar is home to three species of dolphin.
A trading post throughout its history, Gibraltar’s pound sterling currency and VAT free zone make its shopping experience a must. A destination that’s rich in heritage with its own inimitable charm, the Rock is brimming with outdoor activities and nature, all waiting to be discovered.
Another of Gibraltar’s newest tourist attractions is definitely not for the faint-hearted, but those who want an adrenalin rush can visit the new suspension bridge at Royal Anglian Way. This spectacular feat of engineering is 71 metres in length, across a 50-metre-deep gorge affording visitors magnificent views of across the strait, bay and city.
Every Saturday the historical Re-enactment Society re-enacts the Ceremony of the Keys a centuries old tradition of locking the gates to the old town. During the 18th and 19th centuries, the sea came up to the defensive walls and there were four outer gates through which the town could be entered. Four keys locked these entrances to the town, now officially known as a city.
Mediterranean Steps is a steep, at times arduous, walk. Early mornings are usually preferable, but during the summer months a late afternoon walk will provide the visitor with plenty of much-needed shade. The area is particularly appealing during the spring, when the visitor is greeted by an interesting and very beautiful array of flowers. Mediterranean Steps take the walker from Jews’ Gate on the southern end of the Nature Reserve at 180m above sea level, up towards O’Hara’s Battery at 419m, close to the summit of the Rock.