A journey through Gibraltar
Nestled in the Mediterranean Sea, on the border of Spain and Africa, is a place like no other. The British Overseas Territory of Gibraltar has been an important location for centuries and is known as “The Rock” due to its rocky terrain. On a day trip from Marbella, you can explore this unique destination and discover its fascinating history, vibrant culture and incredible landscapes Let’s take a look at what’s in store for you!
Gibraltar has been inhabited since ancient times and was under Spanish control. In 1704 it became part of the British Empire and has remained so ever since. You’ll find evidence of that long history in every corner of the Rock, from the hilltop Moorish castle to the Great Siege tunnels dug by the British during their defense against Spain in 1779-1783. If you want to know more about Gibraltar’s past, be sure to visit interesting museums.
One of the aspects that make Gibraltar a unique place is its fauna. The most famous are the Barbary macaques, the only wild monkeys that live in continental Europe! These playful primates can be found all over Gibraltar, but they especially like to hang around the Upper Rock Nature Reserve. Here you will also be able to contemplate impressive views of both land and sea, as well as numerous species of birds, reptiles, insects and plants. A cable car ride will take you even higher up the Rock, where you can enjoy fantastic views of both sides of the Strait of Gibraltar.
Although Gibraltar had been part of Spain for many years before becoming a British territory in 1704, its culture retains an unmistakable English flavour. Stroll down Main Street or Irish Town Road to get a taste of local life and pick up some souvenirs along the way. As well as tasting delicious local dishes such as ‘Gibraltar stew’ or ‘calentita’ (a traditional chickpea pancake), be sure to try the fish & chips with mushy peas – an English favourite!
With so much to see and do, it’s easy to understand why people flock to Gibraltar every year for their holidays If you’re planning a day trip from Marbella, remember to bring your passport, you’ll need it to cross into another country and consider the possibility of renting a car to make the most of your stay here.
Of course, if you have any questions or need help organizing your trip, the staff at Alanda Marbella Hotel will be happy to help you.