With Gibraltar’s rich and diverse history, it’s no wonder that we can look at one part of the territory and see an incredible range of architecture spanning from the territories long history. Gibraltar may be small, but its history spans back for millennia and the Alameda Gardens also known as Gibraltar Botanic Gardens, is no doubt one of the most interesting specimens in the city. Whether winter or summer, the Alameda Gardens are well worth a visit, whether it’s for your interest in botany, or just for a calming stroll. Below you can find everything you need to visit the Alameda Gardens, and what to watch out for when you’re there.
What are the Alameda Gardens?
The Alameda Gardens lie at the foot of the Gibraltar Rock and span about 15 acres of land, south of the town centre. The gardens themselves are known for their wide range of flora and fauna and include such rare plants as the Canary Island Date Palm, Wild Olives and a range of beautiful flowers. Not only this, but the garden is home to some amazing wild life at their conservation park. Animals situated here include a wide range of macaque monkeys, parrots and reptiles including tortoise and iguanas.
History of the Alameda Gardens
Built in 1816, the gardens were originally created for use by off duty British soldiers by General George Don. With the gardens recreated in the early 1990’s after falling into disrepair, you can now see a range of additions to the original plan. These include memorial statues and memorials such as the Elliott Memorial.
The Elliot Memorial was created to commemorate the first Baron of Heathfield. The General was sculpted from the bowsprit of a Spanish ship which had been captured during the Battle of Trafalgar. After this statue was removed and sent to a private location. It was replaced with a bronze version in 1858.
Alameda open air theatre
This 450 person seated open-air theatre is a beautiful addition to the botanic gardens. Situated behind beautiful rock pools, you can find a range of different productions being put on here. Whether you’re looking for amateur or professional drama, contemporary or classical performances, or dance and music recitals, the botanic garden open air theatre has as an annual programme of some of the best of the Gibraltarian arts. Aside from supporting the performing arts, you can even hire the theatre for your own private events, making it accessible for your wedding celebrations or birthday party.
Botany tours of the garden
Guests at the Caleta Hotel Gibraltar would be mad to miss the tour of the garden. The tours happen at separate times throughout the year and are known for the in-depth knowledge of their tour guides, whether it be about the history or plants in the garden. These tours cost £5 per person and give a full tour of the garden. Whether you’re interested in botany, history or sculpture, this tour will give you an insider look which is unseen even by Gibraltar locals.