Luckily on this visit to Gibraltar we had enough time to take a bit of a tour up the famous peak. I had known there are fantastic views and monkeys that live up there, but I must say that I expected a bit of a visitors area on top, you know a touristy souvenir stand maybe with some snacks for sale, or at least a few picnic benches. I am pleased to say, however, that they have resisted the creation of such infrastructure, which is shocking considering how many visitors they receive each year (our taxi driver said 5 million annually). While visiting the rock, the drivers just pull aside for you to get out and snap photos, admire the view, and dodge the monkeys. We were privileged enough to experience the vista at sunset, an incredibly stunning time to see it.
A very fascinating history, Gibraltar was originally inhabited by the Moors in the 700s. They occupied it for 700 years, followed by the Spanish for 300, then by the British for the last 300. Today it stands, encompassing 33 miles of tunnels, still British.
A word to future travelers to the Rock – book a taxi, not a bus tour. There’s not much space at each stop so the fewer people you share the experience with, the less number of heads you will need to edit out of your photos. Plus the roads are scary enough in a van!