Since the early 18th century, Gibraltar has been known as one of the most valuable British colonies due to its key position in the Mediterranean which overcomes the matter of its territory. Considering the constant influence from two rather diverse cultures – British and Spanish – tourists should be prepared for encounters with all kinds of personalities when making contact with the locals.
Nonetheless, both the human inhabitants and the country’s natural riches are recognized as one of the most welcoming, especially for first-time travelers. The fact that it spreads to no more than the tip of the Iberian Peninsula doesn’t lower its value – it is made even more special with each of the many sights it has to offer. The best thing is, most of its sights come with low or no price tags, so there’s no need to empty your NetBet account as part of your vacation preparations.
There is no way you can miss Europa Point – just keep going south until there’s land left. This relatively high point at the southern tip of the peninsula is decorated by a 19th century lighthouse and its chapel. It also features the Mosque of The Custodian of the Holly Mosques.
The Nun’s Well, an underground water reservoir is also located at that geographical point, but what is more impressive about it is the visible rather than the invisible. After all, a clear day and a good eye can reveal the African coast for the eager tourist.
St. Michael’s Cave
Initial records of the cave date as far back as 45 AD, so it’s no surprise that its interior is decorated with such massive stalactites and stalagmites – time wasn’t an issue. It is related to excavations made for WWII purposes, when the upper part was discovered. Still, it is made more mythical than ominous by the supposition that it extends into a tunnel that connects it to African land.
For a taste of the modern-day Gibraltar, tourists are recommended to visit the main gathering point – Casemate Square. Once you find it, you have found all the best restaurants, festival and concert venues, as well as markets.
Anyone will tell you that there is no point in going on foot just to see the square’s surroundings – visit the Moorish Castle and feast your eyes to a sight spreading across the center to the water. The Tower of Homage which is of the few remaining constructions of the castle has both architectural value and Islamic, since it’s the only highest structure on the peninsula.
The Great Siege Tunnels
These tunnels have been manually carved off the northern face of the Rock, a high rocky structure at the point where the country meets the sea. They are historically related to The Great Siege of France and Spain against defending Britain, when their strategic significance was confirmed and later used in WWII battles. Nowadays, it is a memory of perseverance, and tourists are welcome to experience them first-hand by participating in guided tours.