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Sightseeing in Gibraltar - what to see. Complete travel guide

Gibraltar Gibraltar is a rocky half-island that is 426 meters high above the sea level. The land is connected with Iberian Peninsula by a narrow neck 1.5 km long. The name Gibraltar comes from the modified Arabian name Jabal al-Tariq that can be translated as “the mountain of Tariq”. Such name was chosen to honor the leader of the Moor tribe that conquered the city in VI century. The city, as well as its port, is located on the western side of the rock.
Gibraltar is rich in a wide variety of attractions, there are unique natural sites, beautiful architectural monuments, and many museums in the city and its surroundings. The main local … Open
Initially, yet in 1713, Gibraltar was a British colony and it got independence only in 1967 by order of Elizabeth II. According to this order Gibraltar got independence in many areas except for financial stability, foreign policy and security. The city also got its own constitution. Later Britain joined EU and so did Gibraltar. However, this place got the special status in the union. Currently the population of Gibraltar estimates 29 thousands of people. 20 thousands of them are native Gibraltarians that are descendants of expatriate Spanish, English, Maltese, and Genoa people.
Starting from the beginning of XIX century Gibraltar became famous in manufacturing alcohol drinks. That’s why here you will see numerous bars and pubs. The main sight of this place is the rock itself. In order to see it in all its splendor, you need to walk through the main street to South Gates, reach funicular and enjoy fantastic views of the city from its cabin. Copyright
Gibraltar will definitely be appreciated by eco-tourism enthusiasts who can explore picturesque reserves and beaches, and drivers will have the opportunity to admire the beauty of the … Open
Gibraltar is one of the most densely populated cities of the world. There is too little land here and so new buildings are created already on water. For example, landing strip of Gibraltar International Airport is created on a manmade embankment. Another peculiarity about this city is a huge number of wild monkeys. The monkeys are protected by law as Macaca Sylvanus are officially protected starting from the middle of the 19th century.
Gibraltar Many excursion programs around the city take their origin in the Casemates Square. Next to it, there are several state institutions, and around the square you can see many beautiful historic buildings. Many of them today are converted into shops, restaurants and cafes, part of whose tables are set directly on the square. For many years, this historic square has been the venue for an important ceremony - Ceremony of the keys. Despite the fact that now this ritual has only symbolic significance, it always attracts a lot of spectators.
1. A significant part of the local population speaks English, while Portuguese and Spanish are also common. Tourists are advised to take a phrase book with them, which can make communication … Open
On the island is the beautiful old Europa Point Lighthouse. It is located at the southernmost point of Gibraltar. In 1994, this lighthouse was fully automated. It is still operational now. Next to it is equipped with many spacious areas and walking paths. This is one of the few places in the city where you can enjoy peace and quiet.
For travelers who do not imagine a vacation without visiting interesting natural sites, it is worth looking into the St. Michael’s Cave. In the Rock of Gibraltar, there are several caves. This is one of the largest. It amazes with its grandeur and beauty. Initially, the cave attracted researchers and tourists with huge stalactites, and in 1974, during the next study, rock carvings and other evidence of primitive people's presence were discovered here.
The most luxurious and famous hotel in Gibraltar is Sunborn Gibraltar. It occupies a luxurious ship and is the largest hotel in the city. In addition to elite posh rooms and apartments … Open
Among the most interesting historical places of interest is the Moorish Castle. It is a preserved complex of medieval fortifications, whose building began in the 8th century. The castle, which guests of the city can see today, was rebuilt in the first half of the 14th century by the Moors. Today a very interesting historical museum is opened in this majestic building. Among its many exhibits are wax figures of famous Arab commanders and rulers.
Gibraltar viewpoint Gibraltar is not deprived of outstanding natural attractions. On its territory is a wonderful nature reserve Alameda. Today it is considered an ideal place for a family holiday. There is plenty of space for active games, and also playgrounds for children. On the territory of the reserve, there is a historical botanical garden, which in 1816 was founded by order of the governor.
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Map of all castles
Survived castles around Gibraltar
♥   Castle 'Tower of the Moor' , 0.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Castle of Algeciras' Cádiz, 9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Castle of Castellar de la Frontera' Cádiz, 21.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Castle of Tarifa' Cádiz, 26.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Castle of Jimena' Cádiz, 33.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all parks
National and city parks around Gibraltar
♥   Natural Park 'Estrecho' , 25.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Natural Park 'Los Alcornocales' , 31.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Cave 'Mina Virgen del Amparo' , 58.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Natural Park 'Sierra de Grazalema' , 62.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Natural Park 'Sierra de las Nieves' , 69.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo

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From the series “Monochromatic Cities - Stunning Views”
Notwithstanding that the town is quite popular among tourists, it stays peaceful and calm place. The town has charming hotels decorated in national style, wonderful national restaurants, and a great number of shops, full of products and items of local production. Vacationists can also walk in the picturesque surroundings and discover the numerous nature landmarks. Fans of walks have to go the top of the hill and take a photo of the snow-white town. … Read further


From the series “Monochromatic Cities - Stunning Views”
Vacation in Juzcar will become an unforgettable time in your life. There have placed a lot of nice hotels, cosy cafes and restaurants, souvenir shops with exclusive items. Near the town, you can see a lot of wonderful places for walks. It is surrounded by the picturesque hills. When the film was shoot, locals had to make a choice. Either to leave this colour of houses or to repaint them. The majority of locals made a decision to leave houses in blue colour. That particular decision brought to the small town world-wide fame and popularity. … Read further
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IHG Brings Its voco Brand to Scotland

As hotels in Scotland might open in April or May, the opening of two new hotels is a signal that life is slowly going back to normal and leisure travel will resume closer to summer. The name of the brand – voco – means “invite” or “call together” in Latin. The Glasgow hotel will be the first property by this brand in Scotland. The voco Grand Central Glasgow is a rebranded property open instead of the existing Grand Central Hotel. IHG reimagined the popular place, retaining its original charm. The new Glasgow hotel now features 230 rooms, meeting and event spaces, and an interesting option – a possibility to contact resident experts known as voco hosts who are ready to explore the most interesting parts of the city together with guests. voco Grand Central is a perfectly suitable choice for both leisure and business travelers. Read this


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