"Historic Gibraltar" The Rock Tip by Geoff_Wright

The Rock, Gibraltar: 26 reviews and 28 photos


Favorite thing: Whilst walking around you should just think how historic Gibraltar is. Gibraltar is a British Crown Colony, and the town occupies an area of 6.5 sq km. It is one of the Pillars of Hercules, the other being on the North African coast. The rock, of Jurassic limestone, contains caves in which valuable archeological finds have been made.It is honeycombed by defence works and arsenals, many of which are clearly visible and accessible for visitors.

Gibraltar was captured in 711 by the Moorish leader Tarik. In 1309 the Spanish took the peninsula and held it until 1333, but did not definitively recover it from the Moors until 1462.The British have maintained possession since 1704, despite continual Spanish claims to it. The British post was besieged by the Spanish and French in 1704, by the Spanish in 1726, and again by the Spanish and French forces from 1770 to 1783. During World War I Gibraltar served as a naval station. In World War II its fortifications were strengthened, and most of the civilian population were evacuated. Since the war Spain and Britain have fought, politically, over the sovereignty of the Colony, but in 1967 the residents of Gibraltar affirmed their ties with Britain in a UN-supervised referendum. Since this date, the relationship between both sides has continued to improve, which has resulted in easier border crossings between Gibraltar and Spain. So that's the history lesson. We are all part of the European Union now anyway (except that most Brits are opposed to 'political' union!). Anyway, forget all this, go there and really enjoy your stay!</font>

Fondest memory: In October 1992 I visited Gibraltar as part of a Royal Navy sailing expedition - although I was in the Army! Anyway, the rest of the yacht's crew were male submariners, and the girls were from a shorebased unit in UK. We had a really good time sailing from Majorca, and two days off in Gibraltar, before flying home. The picture is of some of the lads and lasses on one of the now silent guns. There are lots of them along the higher ground, and they are worth a quick visit, if nothing else.

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  • Updated Jan 9, 2004
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