Although the hotels in Gibraltar boast luxury dining, entertainment and accommodation, you can’t stay in your room forever. Whilst the Caleta Hotel Gibraltar is among the most jam packed places in Gibraltar entertainment-wise, it might be a good idea to get out and see some of the beautiful area itself. With so much history, both human and geological, you’d be mad to miss the top & best tourist attractions of Gibraltar, especially with so much which caters to the whole family.
Upper Rock Nature Reserve
Known as both the upper rock nature reserve and the Gibraltar Nature Reserve, this conservation area covers at least 40% of the country’s ground area. Although the land itself dates back thousands of years, the nature reserve was only organised formally in 1993. The area is a tourist hot spot due to its scenic walking trails and rocky terrain making it perfect for a great trip outdoors. On top of this, the Barbary Macaques who use the area as their home draw much attention as does the fact that the spot is used as a stopover for migrating birds from across the world.
If you’re staying in holiday apartments in Gibraltar and have never visited the area before, then a good place to start would be the Gibraltar Museum which explores the natural and cultural history of the area. This includes information into the famous Gibraltar rock and its formation as well as the many military uses of the area during World War II and the American War of Independence. On top of this the Gibraltar Museum also holds the remains of the 14th century Moorish bath house.
One of the more atmospheric uses of the Gibraltar rock was as a network of tunnels for the British Military during World War II. Although the tunnelling of the rock took place over around two hundred years, the pinnacle of the tunnels use came in World War II when it became a fortress which could accommodate 16,000 men. First served as communication passages in the 18th century, the fortress grew into a great defence against the Axis forces in World War II, due to the border with Nazi Ally and Spanish dictator Franco. The tunnels are now open to the public as a museum although many have now been closed off as they are too dangerous for use.
Nelson’s Anchorage and O’Hara’s Battery
Gibraltar is home to the MS Victory, a boat anchored in Rosia Bay after the battle of Trafalgar and is rumoured to be the ship from which Nelson’s body was transported from one barrel to another for its journey home. The area is home to a 100 tonne gun which has been positioned in Gibraltar since the 19th century. The battery itself was upgraded to an anti-aircraft gun during World War II but was never fired in the war, in part due to the fact that Gibraltar was never attacked. It is not surprising to find such military history in dotted around Gibraltar, the area being of great strategic importance for the British.