If you're seeking unique travel Gibraltar is one of the stranger destinations in Europe. Despite being off the coast of Spain, it is a British territory (ceded to the British in the Treaty of Utrecht in 1713), and is colloquially known as 'the rock'. Its original purpose was as a British military installation, and the top part of the rock still is, making it inaccessible to the public. Gibraltar is less than seven square kilometers, so most of it can be seen on foot, though parts can be quite steep.
Although the top of the rock is a military installation and nature reserve, the locales beneath the surface are just as impressive. Gibraltar features an intricate network of tunnels and caves. Some, like St. Michael's Cave, are remnants from inhabitants during the Neolithic age; others are man-made, like the Siege Tunnels, which were used to further fortify the rock. There are some impressive sites on the rock, like Europa Point, the place where the Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea meet. From Europa, the coast of Africa can be seen. As well, from most places on the rock, dolphins can be seen in the surrounding waters, making dolphin-watching an idyllic way to while away the hours on Gibraltar.
Gibraltar is also famous for the Barbary macaques that populate the island. Although these primates are both quite bright and cute-looking, feeding them can lead to hefty fines, and attempts to play with them or pick them up might result in a painful bite. Some macaques can carry hepatitis, so enjoying them from a distance is advised.
Currency: Pound Sterling £ (GBP)
Electricity Voltage: 240V
Calling Code: 350
Popular Travel Destinations:
- The Rock of Gibraltar
- Europa Point Lighthouse
- Devil's Tower
Official Website: www.gibraltar.com/
*Note* - Some of the graphics on this page were taken from the CIA World Factbook which contains a wealth of information on every country in the world. I highly recommend it.