Gibraltar is a small British Overseas Territory located on the southern coast of Spain. This tiny peninsula, covering just 6.7 square kilometers, is best known for its imposing rock information, which dominates the landscape. Despite its size, Gibraltar has a rich history and a diverse culture that make it a fascinating place to visit.
HISTORY OF GIBRALTAR
It is believed to have been one of the two Pillars of Hercules, marking the end of the known world in ancient times. The area was controlled by various powers over the centuries, including the Moors, the Spanish, and the British.
The British took control of Gibraltar in 1704 during the War of the Spanish Succession, and it has been a British territory ever since. Gibraltar has played an important role in British naval history, and was a vital strategic point during both World War I and World War II. The Rock of Gibraltar served as a lookout point and was a key defense against enemy attacks.
CULTURE OF GIBRALTAR
Gibraltar has a unique blend of cultures, reflecting centuries of different influences. The majority of the population speaks English, but Spanish is also widely spoken. The local dialect is known as “Llanito” which is a mix of English, Spanish, and other languages. It’s a bit difficult for non locals to follow but sounds incredible.
One of the most popular events in Gibraltar is the National Day celebration, held annually on September 10th. This day commemorates the 1967 referendum in which Gibraltarians voted overwhelmingly to remain under British sovereignty rather than become part of Spain. The day is marked by a parade, concerts, and other festivities. The parade takes place along the main high street with bright colorful uniforms, military bands and street parties.
Music is an important part of Gibraltar’s culture, and the local music scene reflects the territory’s diverse history. Gibraltarian music draws influences from British, Spanish, North African, and other cultures. The Gibraltar Music Festival, held annually in September, is a major event that attracts thousands of visitors and world famous musicians and bands.
ATTRACTIONS IN GIBRALTAR
One of the main attractions in Gibraltar is the Rock of Gibraltar, a huge limestone formation that towers over the surrounding area. Visitors can take a cable car to the top of the rock, where they can enjoy stunning views of the surrounding coastline, and even see across to Africa on a clear day. At the top of the rock, visitors can also explore St. Michael’s Cava, a series of limestone caves that are home to a variety of unique rock formations. There is a huge amphitheater which magnifies sound making it a great place for orchestral concerts, in places it’s hard to distinguish how high it is without straining your neck too much, we cant recommend a visit to the caves enough.
Home to the superyacht hotel, the Sunborn is a luxury floating 5 star hotel close to the casinos and moored right in the heart of the designer Marina. Delicious high class restaurants and famous brand boutique shops ensure your duty free shopping experience is one to remember. Perfume, electronic devices and your favorite wines and spirits are all offered at duty free prices. Shop wisely as there is a limit when you cross the border though!
Gibraltar is also known for its wildlife, particularly the Barbary macaques that inhabit the rock. These monkeys are the only wild primates in Europe and are a popular attraction for visitors to Gibraltar. Just be careful with an open handbag or backpack containing snacks as they have been known to steal food and run off with the odd passport or two…
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