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Set on the southern tip of the Iberian Peninsula, Gibraltar is rich in natural history and has a sub-tropical climate. It is home to 500 types of plant and the Barbary ape, the only wild monkey found in Europe. Highlights include the medieval castle, the Rock of Gibraltar and St Michael’s caves.
With a strong military history, there are a large number of historical sites ranging from graves from sailors who were killed at the battle of Trafalgar to the siege caves and tunnels dating from the second world war.
This British overseas territory also makes a perfect base from which to explore the surrounding region.
Excavated from 1939-1944, the tunnels were an extension to the Great Siege Tunnels which were built to repel the French. The Rock is in fact honeycombed with a 32 mile-long network of tunnels. There are fascinating tours of these tunnels, which are conducted by a guide from H.M. Forces.
One of the best ways to see the ‘Top of the Rock’ is by cable car. Offering uninterrupted views of the Rock, Spain and across the Bay to Algeciras in Africa, you can sit and relax and look across two continents.
The only free-living primates in Europe, there are about 240 tailless apes, which can be seen at various sites around the rock. Legend has it that when the apes (which may have been introduced from north Africa in the 18th century) disappear from Gibraltar, so will the British.
St Michael's Cave is a large natural grotto that was once home to the Neolithic inhabitants of the Rock. Its modern day use is for concerts and plays.
Take a boat into the Bay of Algeciras to view the dolphins. The best time for viewing is between April to September.
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