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Home to the Barbary Apes

Aug 17, 2007
Gibraltar is connected to Spain by a ferry to Morocco and flights to London. The border with Spain is open 24 hours a day, and you can drive or walk in with no restriction on the number of border crossings in a day. It is located at the entrance of the Mediterranean.

Gibraltar is a duty free and VAT free a shoppers paradise and offers duty free goods despite changes elsewhere in Europe. Main Street, Gibraltar s principal shopping thoroughfare, runs almost the length of town. Turn off Main Street into the little lanes and alleys and there are even more shops. Items to look out for include fine glassware, leather goods, perfumes, silks jewellery, both precious and semi-precious, porcelain, and cashmere.

Prices at the airport, for tobacco and spirits, are among the least expensive in the world.

If you enjoy good food and drink, you will love Gibraltar s cafe society and dining. There is an amazing choice of places to eat and drink. French, Moroccan Italian, Indian, English, Spanish and Peking are just some of the options on the menus of the first class restaurants.

There are no shortages of places to go in the evening in Gibraltar. The hotel cocktail bars offer comfortable and sophisticated surroundings for a quiet drink or, for a more informal evening, almost every street in town has lively cosmopolitan pubs and wine bars. Later you might dance into the small hours at one of Gibraltars nightclubs or enjoy a flutter at the Casino.

For such a small destination, visitors are pleasantly surprised to hear that Gibraltar has six beaches around its shoreline. Four of these, Eastern Beach, Sandy Bay, Western Beach, and the picturesque village of Catalan Bay.

The tailless Barbary apes that have inhabited the notorious Apes Den halfway up the rock since before the Moorish invasion were on the point of extinction in 1944. Churchill took charge and ordered fresh stock to be brought in from North Africa. His plan was so effective that today the enthusiastic breeding by the monkeys and resultant population explosion is causing concern.

Gibraltar is incredibly rich and full of surprises at any time of the year with a wide array of plant life, many of which are native to the area, dolphins in the Bay of Gibraltar, and other marine mammals which include the Pilot Whales of the Strait, Killer Whales and even larger species such as Sperm Whales and a course the Rock Apes, Gibraltar also has its own unique bird, the Barbary Partridge
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Douglas Scott writes and writes for The Cheap Car Hire Specialist. and is a free lance writer for The Spanish Villa Rental Site
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