Gibraltar is a British overseas territory that is part of the Iberian Peninsula and overlooks the Straits of Gibraltar. The climate of Gibraltar is Mediterranean, which means it experiences warm summers and mild winters. Gibraltar has a long history and diverse culture that is just waiting to welcome visitors searching for beauty and tranquility.
The Rock of Gibraltar is most easily the top tourist attraction in the entire country. This location marks the separating point between the Mediterranean Sea and Atlantic Ocean, between Europe and Africa. The rock is a limestone formation that rises a quarter mile above the sea and was formed by a collision in plates that separated the Mediterranean from the ocean and turned it into a lake.
St. Michaels Cave is a deep formation that goes deep into the Rock of Gibraltar itself. There are impressive formations of stalagmites and stalactites, which makes this a rare formation to occur within the rock. The larger cavern on the island is often used for musical performances because of its space and acoustical qualities. There are guided tours available that will take visitors to tour the entire Rock and all the interesting things found there.
The Great Europa Point lies at the southernmost tip of the Rock of Gibraltar. On a clear day, guests who climb the point can see North Africa, Morocco and the Bay of Gibraltar, along with the Spanish towns along the banks. There are three structures on the island that many tourists find interesting; the Ibrahim-al-Ibrahim Mosque, Our Lady of Europe Roman Catholic Shrine and a lighthouse. Gibraltar Governor Sir Alexander Wood ford commissioned the lighthouse to be built 1838 and 1841. In 1994, the lighthouse was updated and automated, and its light can be seen from over 27 miles away, making it the only working lighthouse outside of the United Kingdom.
Gibraltar is also home to a large and growing number of Barbary Apes. They were mistakenly identified as “apes”, but are actually tail-less monkeys who make their home here. It is widely debated whether or not these macaques, originated in Gibraltar or were introduced by Morocco, the Spanish or the Moors. No matter how they found there way to Gibraltar, the primates are wild, but friendly and occasionally will venture into town for a visit. The British government has taken proactive measures to ensure that these primates are protected for future generations to enjoy.
The Moorish Castle is a leftover reminder of Iberians Muslim rule during the 700's through the 1400's. There is a “Tower of Homage”, and a gate house that date from the 14th century. Historical records indicate that the Moorish Castle used to be one of the largest fortresses in the region. The top of the tower has been completely restored and has some interesting artifacts “of-the-day”,on display.
The Caleta Hotel is the largest one in Gibraltar and has over 160 rooms and overlooks the old fishing villages below on the shores of the Mediterranean Sean. Dining at the hotel is sure to be a pleasurable experience at either the four-star Italian restaurant or at the outdoor Garden Grill. Concierge is also available around the clock and provides guests with superior attention and service. The five-star Eliott Hotel is located on the east facing side of the Rock of Gibraltar, close to the breathtaking Catalan Bay. Guests also have access to a private beach located on the Costa del Sol coastline. The grounds contain a private womens only gymnasium, a rooftop swimming pool and the Palmcourt Restaurant and Veranda Bar. For the tourist seeking an area diverse and rich in culture, Gibraltar is a veritable haven that has something to satisfy everyone.