Gibraltar in a Day

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1. This was the very first thing I saw when I crossed the border from Spain into Gibraltar. I’m not sure if the telephone even worked, but its placement was definitely no accident. It said both “Dear Spain, This is ours and not yours! xoxo, The British” and “Hey tourists, Isn’t it so cool that you hopped on a bus for a couple of hours and now you’re in another country? Don’t you feel like you’re practically in England?”

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2. Gibraltar’s natural beauty isn’t exactly evident when you first enter the country – let’s just say that the area near the border reminded me of a cheaper version of the United Kingdom section of Disney World’s Epcot.

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3. I was told that Gibraltar is known for its fish and chips and seeing as they’re part of the United Kingdom (and wouldn’t let me forget) I figured this dish would be pretty good. Boy was I wrong!

I feel a bit bad complaining because they gave me a large fish for the price of the small. The woman next to me said she didn't want it to go to waste and asked if she could feed it to stray cats in Gibraltar (this seemed a bit unusual for a second, but I really loved how forward, sincere, caring, and resourceful she was – very Gibraltarian).
I feel a bit bad complaining because they gave me a large fish for the price of the small. The woman next to me said she didn’t want it to go to waste and asked if she could feed it to stray cats in Gibraltar (this seemed a bit unusual for a second, but I really loved how forward, sincere, caring, and resourceful she was – very Gibraltarian).

4. The people at the restaurant more than made up for the bland food. I sat outside at a table by myself, but everyone nearby was super friendly and made conversation with me. I learned a lot about life in Gibraltar.

5. With renewed positivity, I headed down Main Street to explore the shops. Everything was cute and reasonably priced

6. Just as I was starting to wonder how I would fill the rest of my day, I was asked if I wanted to go on the next 2-hour tour. It was about $36, but completely worth it. Tours in Gibraltar have exclusive access to some pretty cool things.

7. While driving us to and from sights, our proud Gibraltarian tour guide told us a lot about the way of life inside this micro-nation.

8. Stop #1: this amazing view of Europe and Africa.

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9. Nearby is a playground where children play on jungle gyms not only overlooking Spain and Morocco, but also a church and mosque.

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10. Stop #2: Saint Michael’s Cave. This majestic cave-turned-concert-hall had music and strobe lights going.

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11. Stop #3 (in my opinion the coolest):

  • Monkeys! Gibraltar is famous for these monkeys (the only wild monkey population in Europe). Legend has it that as long as there are monkeys around, Gibraltar will remain British territory.

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  • These monkeys are tracked with tattoos and microchips, and all have received rabies vaccinations. The only real precaution is to avoid bringing food around these monkeys. Unless you weren’t going to finish that ice cream.

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  • I’m usually kind of timid around animals, but these monkeys were so friendly.

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  • Some of these monkeys kind of reminded me of a bunch of cliquey teenagers – they’re all the same species but the six packs don’t mix, and once he starts yelling you can tell right away which one is the alpha male.

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(This is not the Alpha Male. I didn’t think I was cool enough to take a picture with him.)

  • The mothers care for their babies beautifully. Seeing these monkeys was truly an amazing experience!

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12. Stop #4: Tunnels of Gibraltar. History fans can read more here.

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13. The entrance to the tunnels had this amazing view of a graveyard where Jews, Catholics, Protestants, and Muslims are laid to rest side by side. The beauty of Gibraltar is that it has not only served as a bridge between great civilizations, but also as a place where people of all these civilizations could live side by side. Everyone in Gibraltar told me how proud they are of the micro-nation’s  diversity and it truly showed.

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14. After the tour ended, I was inspired to talk to more of the locals. Check out everything I learned here! And if I’ve convinced you that Gibraltar is awesome, I’ve also posted some travel tips.

29 thoughts on “Gibraltar in a Day”

  1. Superb article!! Can’t fault you. I’d definitely avoid the “generic” fish and chips unless you know where to go. The little side streets have some good local restaurants that are reasonably priced.

    I’ll look forward to your other destinations.

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  2. Glad you enjoyed your day! (fish and chips apart) 🙂 Where are you based? Sunny Gibraltar looks fabulous to me now that I’m sunk in north east gloom back in England. Working in a bar by the marina wouldn’t be so very bad.

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  3. What fun! No better way to learn about the world than to see it (and taste it, and monkey around with it) firsthand. Great that you and so many of your college compatriots are having these adventures–and taking the rest of us virtually along.

    P.S. I’m delighted that you’re following “Look At Those Clothes!” Would love to hear your thoughts on how people dress in the places you visit.

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      1. No way! I use lightroom as well. I ust have a point and shoot camera but it does the work. I have a question. A few months ago, i changed the export settings and the quality of my photos are not great when you zoom in. I know it has something to do with the setting I put of like the pixels etc… I need advice for the export settings. I didn’t have this problem before.

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      2. This photo is from a website that I found to help me get accustomed to lightroom. The setting she used were intentional. If someone were to take her photos without her permission on the web for example, then the quality of the photos wouldn’t be great.

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      3. I think the idea behind these export settings was that quality of the photos wouldn’t be great if stolen because they wouldn’t be that great to begin with. I would change the resolution to at least 300 pixels per inch and uncheck the “Sharpen for” box. Let me know if it works. You could also export high quality photos and then take screenshot of them once you have sized the image to your liking using the zoom out tool (you would upload the screenshots to your blog).

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      4. Some of my photos still have quite a lot of pixels if you really zoom in on them, but I just think that it’s the editing that does that. Anyways, your advice made a difference in the quality of my exported photos, they are better than before. Thank you. 😀

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  4. Well, now I need to add this to my growing list of places to go! (It never seems to shrink no matter how many places I travel, lol.) I have to say kuddos to you for being a young American woman traveling alone seeing the world. Too many are terrified to do this. And while yes, it can be dangerous at times, if you are smart about it, there’s a whole world out there to discover. I look forward to hearing about more of your adventures and thank you for the follow. 🙂

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  5. 7hrs on and I have read almost all the articles by you. Loved ur story-telling ability. Some of your shots are very good though all are good indeed.
    Loved ur pic with the monkey. Scribbling the first comment here out of all the articles just as I could not resist after seeing the monkey photo. Would love to see/hear more from u. Have agreat time. 😊

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  6. wow! Loved reading this.. and that monkey!!!! Gee you are a brave girl… doncha ever call yourself timid! I would have a panic attack if a monkey sat on me! 😛

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