Located on the southern coast of Spain, Gibraltar is a British Overseas Territory that was originally settled in the Middle Ages by the Moors, and later on Spain. It became a British Territory in 1713, and is known for being home to very special sites and attractions including its Great Siege Tunnels, making it one of the most unique destinations in the Mediterranean.
Many people come to Gibraltar to see the Barbary Macaques, which are the only wild monkey population in Europe. These cute, tailless monkeys can be found at Apes Den (aka Queens Gate) or Prince Philip’s Arch. The Great Siege Tunnels are one of the most popular sites that people come to see, and are a labyrinth of tunnels that were built in 1782. St. Michael’s Cave is open to visitors and is now an auditorium for various concerts and performances with a seating capacity of 400. The Moorish Castle Complex features various buildings, fortified walls, gates, and The Tower of Homage and The Gate House. For the past six centuries, people traveling to Gibraltar from the mainland have been greeted by the impressive sight of the great square tower up on the hillside, and the castle kept the townspeople safe back in 1540 when Gibraltar was under attack by Turkish pirates. Many people come to Gibraltar to go shopping on Main Street, which is the center point of Gibraltar’s commercial district. Here you can find everything from traditional stores to well-known brands and chains. Another popular place to visit is the Gibraltar Public Market outside Casemates Square, which is an indoor market where you can purchase everything from vegetables and fish to local dishes. Another must-see is the Europa Point Trinity Lighthouse, which is located at the southernmost point of Gibraltar that serves as a waypoint for passing vessels.
Due to its close proximity to Morocco, many people make day trips from Gibraltar to Tangier. There is a ferry port in Gibraltar that operates at limited times. Cities in Spain that make for easy day trips include Malaga, which is just over an hour and a half northeast of Gibraltar, as well as Seville, which is two hours north. One can also catch a nonstop flight from Malaga to Lisbon, which takes seven hours, or take a car ferry to Tangier, then fly to Lisbon in six hours.
There are several nice neighborhoods where you can rent a home or apartment during your stay in Gibraltar. There are various properties located on and around Main Street in the Town Centre area that are convenient to everything in town and offer plenty of space and nice views. North District is a newer location with has residential developments that are being built, and is includes a supermarket and Eastern Beach with cafes and restaurants. There are also quite a few schools in this area as well. Marina Bay has some of the most exclusive properties and has convenient access to nightclubs and the Casino, while the West Side is close to lots of commercial developments and high rises. Queensway is a quieter part of town located by the wharf and is still conveniently located near Old Town, which is just minutes away. Lastly, the South District is located at the southern tip of Gibraltar and has lots of apartments and homes that offer views of the strait of Gibraltar and the African coast.
Due to its smaller size, the public transportation system in Gibraltar is limited. Most people in town own their cars, which they use to get around, but there are also eight bus routes that provide transportation to various cities. Taxis are also available throughout the city, and there are ferries that run twice a week from Gibraltar to Tanger-Med port for those who want access to the Moroccan railway system.
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