First of all we will visit the 100 tonne Gun. The late 1800′s saw four of these giants built by the naval authorities of Britain, with a view toward securing their holdings, two were built for Gibraltar, while another two were built for Malta.
Once we have finished the 100 tonne Gun we will drive to Europa Point. This site is located at the southernmost point at the end of the Rock of Gibraltar on this location you will see breathtaking views across the Strait of Gibraltar into North Africa Morocco along with the bay of Gibraltar and the Spanish towns along its shores.
After visiting the Southern point of Gibraltar we will drive up the upper rock our first stop at the nature reserve will be The Pillars of Hercules. There at the Pillars you will enjoy the views of North Africa – Morocco. You will see where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Mediterranean Sea, this being the only entrance to the Mediterranean. You will be above Europe Point, the end point of Europe.
From the Pillars we will drive deeper into the nature reserve stopping at St Michael’s Cave. The cave sees thousands of visitors a year wandering through its huge caverns with just a few steps and easy access. This amazing, natural phenomenon created by rainwater slowly seeping through the limestone rock, turning into a weak carbonic acid which gradually dissolved the rock millions of years ago, this cave is the most visited of caves found inside the Rock of Gibraltar receiving almost 1,000,000 visitors a year.
Next we will go to the top of the Rock where you will see breathtaking views all around Gibraltar. Here we will have an interaction with our famous Monkeys at Upper Apes Den (The same height level as the cable). The Barbary Macaque Apes are the only ones to be found within the continent of Europe. They reside at the upper rock nature reserve of Gibraltar. At present there are over 200 apes in 9 packs that roam through the upper rock. Legend has it that in 1942 the population of apes fell to just 7 and the Prime Minister of Great Britain (Sir Winston Churchill) ordered that the population of the apes be immediately replenished because as long as there are Barbary Macaques Apes on the Rock of Gibraltar it will remain under British rule.
From Upper Apes Den we will drive to the north side of the Rock to visit the Great Siege Tunnels, something not to be missed. This site explains a lot of the history of Gibraltar under siege. The tunnels were carved out of the rock by hand during the Great Siege which took place between 1779-1783. This was done in order to defend Gibraltar against the Spanish and French forces who were trying to recapture Gibraltar from the British.
As we drive down the upper rock nature reserve we will visit The Moorish Castle – A medieval fortification in Gibraltar which is made up of a number of buildings, the Moorish Castle stands proudly on the Eastern elevation of the Rock, a proud symbol of the long and colourful history of the Rock of Gibraltar originally built in the 1160CE then it was ransacked by the Spanish between 1309 – 1333. This ‘Tower of Homage’ was rebuilt in the 14th century by Abu-l-Hasan and today you can visit the inside of the recently restored castle, wonder at those 14th century walls and marvel at the feats of Gibraltar’s first city builders, the Moors. If you look closely you can still see the cannon dents in the castle walls.
In this Tour we will drive over the airport runway towards the Spanish border just meters away from Spain you will even see Spanish Customs at work.
We will also drive 360 degrees around Gibraltar coast lines East/west stopping at viewpoints and seeing areas as Catalan Bay some Jurassic sand dunes and the old water catchments.
Finalising the Tour, if interested in visiting the rest of the town and Main Street, we can supply you with a map and a guideline of what to visit in the pedestrianised areas of town and the best way to get back to your destination.