Weekend Breaks to Gibraltar
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Top 10 Things in Gibraltar on a Short Break
The museum is located in the centre of the town on Bomb House Lane. The museum was founded in 1930 and today consists of a great collection of historical items. These include a wonderful display of model cannons which were created in the town during the Great Siege of 1779 - 1783.
Not only is the museum of great interest, but also the actual site of the museum. Recent excavations uncovered the only existing remains of Almohad construction which dates back to the 13th century. Another exciting discovery was that of the Turkish baths which date back to the 14th century. At the time of discovery the baths were in such a great state of preservation that it was declared as the best in Europe.
Opening hours are Mon - Fri 10am - 6pm and Saturday 10am - 2pm.
The gardens are located at the Grand Parade. It was first opened in 1816 and to this day features an air of tranquility and relaxation. The garden is scattered with Olive and Mediterranean stone pine trees and other beautiful palms indigenous to the Atlantic islands.
The garden also features beautiful flowerbeds which is home to a range of gorgeous flowers from sub-tropical countries such as Australia and South Africa. It also features a Dell which contains a lovely waterfall with a fountain bridge and beautiful plants.
The hotel is located in Europa Road, Gibraltar. The hotel was built by the Marquis of Bute in 1932. The hotel features 10 rooms, including penthouse suites. It features the most majestical views of the bay, as well as the Spanish mainland and the awesome Rif Mountains of Morocco. The hotel is equipped with a restaurant and bar from which guests can get only the highest quality food and drinks. It also has a pool, which is hidden amoungst a beautiful garden. The hotel is also home to an independant Hair Salon, enabling guests to enjoy the relaxing experience of having their hair done whilst staying at the hotel.
All the rooms ooze luxury and are equipped with items such as remote-controlled air-conditioning and heating systems, satellite TV and gorgeous balconies offering the most extravagant ocean views.
For more information, visit their website on www.rockhotelgibraltar.com
The Three Kings Festival is held on the 5th of January and is considered an extremely important day in the lives of the local folk of Gibraltar. The festival was first celebrated in 1884, specifically aimed at entertainment of the Kings. Today the festival has more of a religious meaning and is celebrated throughout the whole of Spain, each town commemorating the day at which the Three wise men took gifts to Baby Jesus.
On the day of the festival, three men from the local community dress up as kings, one of them painting his face black. They ride through the town and scatter thousands of treats to the excited children standing in the crowd. The day is also used to give gifts to less fortunate children. The following day, being the 6th of January, is a celebrated public holiday, which is commemorated throughout the whole of Spain.
Located in the Nature Reserve of Gibraltar, you will find one of the most fascinating attractions of Gibraltar. Situated on the Upper Rock is an area which is known as The Ape's Den. It is home to the famous Barbary Apes, which settled themselves in the area in the early 18th century, as time has passed they have become one of the major symbols of Gibraltar. The tailless monkeys roam freely on the rock, offering great entertainment for visitors. There is a very interesting legend attached to the monkeys from the Rock, it is believed that when they disappear, it will be the exact time that the British disappear too.
The Nature Reserve is open daily from 9am - 7pm.
The castle is located on the high rock of Gibraltar. Very little is known about the history of the castle, there have however been claims stating that the castle dates back to the 8th century and was completed in 742 by Tarik. The castle was believed to be destroyed by some kind of attack and was then rebuilt during the 14th century to what it is today.
All that remains of the original castle is the tower which is so high that it can be seen for many miles. There are however slight remains of the interior which can be viewed as part of the rock tour. Situated on the tower, is a fascinating depiction of the Union Jack flag, which flies high over the town of Gibraltar.
The cathedral is located in 215 Main Street and was built in 1462 on the site of which used to be a Mosque. The decision of King Ferdinand and his wife Isabella to strip the church of its Islamic past was executed by means of placing their coat of arms in the courtyard, which is still visible today.
The church suffered a tremendous amount of damage during the Great Siege of Gibraltar in 1779 - 1783 and was almost completely destroyed. Situated on the patio of the church is a statue of Our Lady of Lourdes, which was placed their in 1858 by Bishop Canilla. Highlights of the church include items such as the High Altar, the Tableau which represents Christ on the cross and the Altar of the Blessed Sacrament.
The chuch is open Mon -Fri 7:30am - 9:15am & 12:25pm - 7:15pm, Sat 7:30am - 12:25pm and Sun 6:30pm, 9am, 10:30am and 7:15pm.
The cemetery is located at the top of Main Street, home to the graves of many British sailors, who died in Gibraltar during the battle of Trafalgar on the 21st of October 1805. It was considered the greatest sea battle by means of sailing ships.
Once you have visit the cemetery site, you can take a walk towards Europa point, which is situated in the Southern point of Gibraltar. Here you will find a beautiful lighthouse and the shrine of Our lady Europe, which was originally a mosque and in 1462 converted into a Spanish chapel.
The restaurant is located off Main Street. The restaurant features a very elegant atmosphere and is considered by many to be one of the best restaurants in Gibraltar. It has comes highly recommended by Michelin and has also won the Environmental Health Heartbeat Award. It features beautiful soft lights and gentle music which adds to the romantic atmosphere.
Some of the specialities available include dishes such as king prawns with served with a garlic mayonnaise sauce, duck served in a peach brandy & demerara sauce and beef fillet basted in a red wine.
The restaurant is open daily from 11am - 2:30pm & 7pm - 10:30pm. Due to the popularity of the restaurant, reservations are recommended and can be made by contacting the restaurant on Tel: 70482.
The restaurant is located on the Queensway Quay Marina. Due to its location, the restaurant has the most awesome views of the marina, offering guests a wonderful opportunity to view the beautiful sunset as it passes over the bay.
The restaurant offers a large extraordinary menu, including specialities such as Cajun prawns, deliciously deep fried potato skins served with tikka chicken and Moroccon seafood tajine.
The restaurant is open from 9am untill late. Due to the popularity of the restaurant, reservations are required and can be made by contacting the restaurant on Tel: 45666.
Cable Car - Tourist Attraction
Catch the Cable Car from the Botanical Gardens up to the top of The Rock. Fantastic views across the Bay of Gibraltar to Morocco and east to La Linea. The Cafe and Gift Shop at the top are in need of improvement, but the views (and the Apes) are well worth the effort !
Simons - Restaurant or Cafe
Sadly Bunters Restaurant (as listed) is now closed and has been replaced with a sports bar. If you are in search of a decent meal in the old part of town (as opposed to the new / yuppy (soul-less) Marina) I strongly recommend Simons at 44 Cornwalls Lane (just off Main Street). Tel: 47515
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