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gibraltarUpper Rock Nature reserve

NO visit to Gibraltar is complete without a trip up the Rock, but the Barbary Macaques are not the only delight waiting to be discovered.

The spectacular St Michael’s Cave is an unforgettable site, with its deep stalactite-dripping caverns. While the Great Siege Tunnels at the other end of the Upper Rock Nature Reserve provide a fascinating glimpse into Gibraltar’s military history, and a stark reminder why the Rock was so impenetrable.

gibraltar-cable-carCable car

IF you don’t fancy the gruelling hike, by far the best way to get to the top of the Rock is by the cable car which departs from Mid Town.

The views are sensational, as long as you’re not scared of heights!

Med steps

THOSE looking to stretch their legs will find no better path than the Mediterranean Steps, a fantastically varied old route which twists and turns up the Rock starting from Jew’s Gate.

It takes in tunnels, hundreds of old stone steps and magical views across the Strait if Gibraltar to Morocco.

gibraltar-europa-pointEuropa Point

THE windswept southern tip of Gibraltar is the polar opposite of the busy town centre.

Think quaint lighthouse, cottages, abandoned cricket pitch and wide open spaces, with a small cafe and play park next to the bus stop. New last year, this is also now the location of Gibraltar’s university.

Moorish Castle

THE medieval fortification known as Moorish Castle looms over Casemates Square like an ancient watchman, and is particularly attractive when lit up at night.

A trip around the Tower of Homage and Gate House make for a fascinating dive back in time.

Catalan Bay

THE quaint fishing village of Catalan Bay is the antithesis of modern, buzzing Ocean Village.

Located on the eastern side of the Rock, it consists of a motley collection of coloured homes bookended by the classy Caleta Hotel. It is the perfect place to escape the humdrum and unwind with a quiet drink overlooking a charming beach. Unless it’s summer, when the place is positively packed!

Alameda Gardens

AT the heart of Gibraltar is the oasis that is Alameda Gardens, also known as the Botanical Gardens.

They ooze tranquility and are immaculately maintained, providing a wonderful shaded spot to stroll.

Trafalgar cemetery

TRAFALGAR Cemetery radiates patriotism, with its iconic statue of Admiral Nelson whose body was brought to the Rock after his heroic death.

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