Gibraltar

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    Sailing into Gibraltar from the East

    Sailing into Gibraltar from the East
    Sailing into Gibraltar from the East. Picture of Gibraltar (c) Linda Garrison

    British Outpost at the Gateway to the Mediterranean

    Gibraltar has long played an important role in history. Its strategic position at the narrow entrance to the Mediterranean has made Gibraltar the envy of many invaders through the centuries who sought possession of the tiny peninsula with the big rock. Next door Spain ruled Gibraltar for over 242 years until it was transferred to Great Britain in 1713. Gibraltar has remained strongly British since that day.

    Many cruise ships call on Gibraltar for the day on cruises between the Mediterranean and northern Europe. With a day in port, visitors can visit the famous Rock of Gibraltar, tour St. Michael's Cave, and learn about the important role Gibraltar has played in the history of the world. We had a wonderful day in Gibraltar from the Crystal Symphony on a food and wine theme cruise from Barcelona to London. Join me on a tour of Gibraltar.

    The Rock of Gibraltar as seen from the Mediterranean Sea. This view of the "Rock" is not...MORE the familiar western one we see from the Prudential Insurance logo.

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    Cable Car to the Top of the Rock of Gibraltar

    Cable Car to the Top of the Rock of Gibraltar
    Cable Car to the Top of the Rock of Gibraltar. Picture of Gibraltar (c) Linda Garrison

    Our shore excursion from the Crystal Symphony started with a cable car ride to the Top of the Rock.

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    View of Gibraltar from the Top of the Rock of Gibraltar

    View of Gibraltar from the Top of the Rock of Gibraltar
    View of Gibraltar from the Top of the Rock of Gibraltar. Picture of Gibraltar (c) Linda Garrison

    Great views such as this one can be seen from the top of the rock of Gibraltar. Note the Crystal Symphony at the dock in the center of the picture.

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    Strait of Gibraltar

    Strait of Gibraltar
    Strait of Gibraltar. Picture of Gibraltar (c) Linda Garrison

    Looking out over the Strait of Gibraltar from the top of the Rock. Note the ships in the narrow channel. That's Morocco far in the distance. The continents of Africa and Europe are only 14 miles apart at the Strait of Gibraltar.

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    Strait of Gibraltar with Morocco in the Distance

    Strait of Gibraltar with Morocco in the Distance
    Strait of Gibraltar with Morocco in the Distance. Picture of Gibraltar (c) Linda Garrison

    The Strait of Gibraltar with the Atlas Mountains seen in the distance. The Rock looms 1400 feet over the Mediterranean, and Africa is only 14 miles away.

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    British Colony of Gibraltar and Spanish Andalusia

    British Colony of Gibraltar and Spanish Andalusia
    British Colony of Gibraltar and Spanish Andalusia. Picture of Gibraltar (c) Linda Garrison
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    Harbor at Gibraltar

    Harbor at Gibraltar
    Harbor at Gibraltar. Picture of Gibraltar (c) Linda Garrison
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    Rock of Gibraltar

    Walk Down from the Top of the Rock of Gibraltar
    Walk Down from the Top of the Rock of Gibraltar Walk Down from the Top of the Rock of Gibraltar. Picture of Gibraltar (c) Linda Garrison

    After we saw the exceptional view from the Top of the Rock, we followed this paved walking trail down the rock to St. Michael's Cave.

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    Barbary Apes (Macaques) at the Rock of Gibraltar

    Barbary Apes (Macaques) at the Rock of Gibraltar
    Barbary Macaques or Apes, They Are All Cute! Barbary Apes (Macaques) at the Rock of Gibraltar. Picture of Gibraltar (c) Linda Garrison

    We were in Gibraltar in May, which is the beginning of the season when the young Barbary apes (macaques) are born. Isn't this a sweet photo of mamma and baby?

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    Ape's Den at the Rock of Gibraltar

    Ape's Den at the Rock of Gibraltar
    Ape's Den at the Rock of Gibraltar. Picture of Gibraltar (c) Linda Garrison

    On the walk from the Top of the Rock of Gibraltar down to Michael's Cave, we passed by the Ape's Den, the place to always see Barbary apes.

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    Barbary Apes at the Rock of Gibraltar

    Barbary Apes at the Rock of Gibraltar
    Barbary Apes at the Rock of Gibraltar. Picture of Gibraltar (c) Linda Garrison

    These Barbary apes at the Ape's Den on the Rock of Gibraltar certainly seem to love oranges!

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    St. Michael's Cave in Gibraltar

    St. Michael's Cave in Gibraltar
    St. Michael's Cave in Gibraltar. Picture of Gibraltar (c) Linda Garrison

    St. Michael's is a cathedral cave with a unique auditorium used for concerts and other cultural events.

    St. Michael's Cave inside the Rock of Gibraltar was once thought to be bottomless. In olden times, people thought that there was a subterranean passageway connecting Africa to Gibraltar. Sounds like something out of a mystery book doesn't it?

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    Crystal Symphony at the Dock in Gibraltar

    Crystal Symphony at the Dock in Gibraltar
    Crystal Symphony at the Dock in Gibraltar. Picture of Gibraltar (c) Linda Garrison
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    Gibraltar Airport Runway

    Gibraltar Airport Runway
    Gibraltar Airport Runway. Picture of Gibraltar (c) Linda Garrison

    The Gibraltar Airport runway crosses the narrow isthmus. Cars must cross the runway when driving from British Gibraltar to Spain on the other side.

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    Gibraltar Airport Runway Intersecting Road to Spain

    Gibraltar Airport Runway Intersecting Road to Spain
    Gibraltar Airport Runway Intersecting Road to Spain. Picture of Gibraltar (c) Linda Garrison

    Look closely. You can see the jet going along the runway and a truck waiting to cross on the road.

    British Gibraltar has very little area, and the important airport runway takes up a major portion of land. To drive from Gibraltar to Spain, vehicles must cross the runway.

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    Cemetery Next to Devil's Tower Camp in Gibraltar

    Cemetery in Gibraltar
    Cemetery in Gibraltar. Picture of Gibraltar (c) Linda Garrison
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    Great Siege Tunnels in the Rock of Gibraltar

    Great Siege Tunnels in the Rock of Gibraltar
    Great Siege Tunnels in the Rock of Gibraltar. Picture of Gibraltar (c) Linda Garrison

    The Great Siege Tunnels of the Rock of Gibraltar are an engineering marvel. These tunnels have helped protect Gibraltar since the late 1700's.

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    Great Siege Tunnels of the Rock of Gibraltar

    Great Siege Tunnels of the Rock of Gibraltar
    Great Siege Tunnels of the Rock of Gibraltar. Picture of Gibraltar (c) Linda Garrison

    The Great Siege Tunnels of the Rock of Gibraltar are an engineering marvel. These tunnels have helped protect Gibraltar since the late 1700's.

    The hike down into the Great Siege Tunnels is fairly easy since it is down hill. The hike back out is something else! The interesting historical perspective in the tunnels make the hike worth it.

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    Cannon in the Great Siege Tunnels of Gibraltar

    Cannon in the Great Siege Tunnels of Gibraltar
    Cannon in the Great Siege Tunnels of Gibraltar. Picture of Gibraltar (c) Linda Garrison
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    Barbary Ape at the Rock of Gibraltar

    Barbary Ape at the Rock of Gibraltar
    Barbary Ape at the Rock of Gibraltar. Picture of Gibraltar (c) Linda Garrison
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    Two Monkeys and an Ape at the Rock of Gibraltar

    Linda Garrison and Marvel Paull with a Barbary Ape
    Or Is It Hear No Evil, Speak No Evil, and See No Evil? Linda Garrison and Marvel Paull with a Barbary Ape. Picture of Gibraltar (c) Linda Garrison

    Everyone who visits Gibraltar wants to have their photo taken with one of the famous Barbary apes. This is really my mom and I with the ape in the middle.

    The legend says that if the monkeys disappear from Gibraltar, so will the British. If the closely monitored population of apes falls below 200, more monkeys are to be imported from Morocco.

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    Barbary Ape at the Rock of Gibraltar

    Barbary Ape at the Rock of Gibraltar
    Barbary Ape at the Rock of Gibraltar. Picture of Gibraltar (c) Linda Garrison

    This fellow has a great place to watch all the tourists!

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    Gibraltar Ape with Baby

    Gibraltar ape with Baby
    Gibraltar ape with Baby. Picture of Gibraltar (c) Linda Garrison

    Our guide estimated that little baby at its momma's breast was less than an hour old.

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    Rock of Gibraltar

    Rock of Gibraltar
    Rock of Gibraltar. Picture of Gibraltar (c) Linda Garrison

    This familiar view of the Rock of Gibraltar is from the west side, with the airport runway between the van we were in and the Rock.