Friday, April 24, 2015

Past POIs - Gibraltar [Gibraltar, British Territories]

While in Morocco, we debated about going to Gibraltar since it was a ferry ride and taxi to get there.  Since we couldn't decide, we decided to write down our votes and do a tally based on everyone's opinion to see if we would go and in the end we did and am I glad that we did, even though I voted against it.

Mosaic welcoming us to the Rock.
Gibraltar is part of the British Colonies even though it is actually on the southern tip of Spain.  Gibraltar is not a large territory, it is 6,843 square kilometers (2,642 square miles) and it shares 1.2 kilometers (0.75 mile) land border with Spain.  From Tangier, it is a ferry ride (roughly an hour) and bus ride (roughly 30 minutes) to get there.  It was odd to travel through so many countries in such a short period of time (Tangier, Morroco to Tarifa, Spain to Gibraltar, British Territories)

View from atop the Rock.
The Rock of Gibraltar is the most notable attraction here outside of the Barbary macaques that occupy it.  The Rock is 426 meters high (1,398 ft) and to get to the top you can either drive up or take the cable car up.  There are tickets for just the cable car as well as package deals with some sights as well.

Barbary macaques!
The Barbary macaques are the only wild monkey population in the European continent!  They have existed before Gibraltar was captured by the British back in 1704.  Rumor has it that if the apes disappear, so will the British.

Feeding area.
Feeding the macaques is an offense punishable by law where you can be fined up to 4,000 euros.  But fear not! There is an organization that feeds the monkeys and keeps track of them via microchips and random exams.

These people thought the macaques can't see their food through their windshield.
Gibraltar is a fun one day stop.  I'm not sure you would spend that much more time there and our day trip was more than sufficient for us.  There were a few points of interest on the Rock of Gibraltar that we missed out on, but it is not the end of the world.

Come back next Friday for another Past Point of Interest!