Rock Tour B Extended includes the following sites:
Right on the west coast, at the bay of Gibraltar’s shores. A 15 minute to visit it’s small museum and this huge gun battery. Built in 1870 by Sir W C Armstrong, in Newcastle. 4 guns were built , today only two guns remain, one in Gibraltar, the other in Malta. An amazing weapon in it’s time and still is today. 100 Tons – Muzzle Loading – 32ft long barrel – steam powered able to penetrate 2 ft of iron, it’s 200lbs shell, reaching speeds of 1500 ft per second. A reenacment of the gun firing was held in 2002.
A coastal and tunnel drive will take you to the most southern point in Europe, a photo stop at the shore of the Straits of Gibraltar to North Africa. You will stand between both, Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. The Trinity Lighthouse, Moorish Mosque, General Sikorski’s Monument and a different view angle of the rock.
A drive round the back of the rock, east coast, for a photo stop overlooking this beautiful fishing village and beach. The rock’s Italian descendants started by Genoese Merchants fleeing from Napoleonic wars, who settled in this part of the Mediterranean.
First stop at the Upper Rock Nature Reserve, 150 meters above sea level. A 5 minute photo stop where you will enjoy great views overlooking the Bay and Straits of Gibraltar to North Africa Morocco. The Atlantic Ocean meets the Mediterranean Sea. In ancient times known as “Non Plus Ultra” The end of the World.
300 meters above sea level, a 20 minute visit in this natural grotto to admire its beauty with stalactites and lighting display. Inhabited by the Neanderthals and visited since the time of the Romans, prepared as an emergency hospital during WWII. Today a main tourist attraction and used for concerts and social events.
You will stop at the very top, with stunning views of both sides of the rock, 400 meters above sea level. Here, you meet the rock’s main pack of Barbary Apes, all ages and sizes and maybe even have a close encounter, this pack totals a number of approximately 40 apes, which we know well. Introduced in 1750, at present there’s approximately 200 apes roaming free on the upper rock.” No touching or feeding allowed” as they can bite.
At the northern face of the rock, 100 meters above sea level, a 20 minute visit to this man made tunnel, built the hard way, deep into the rock, houses a gallery of cannons proving to have served as a very effective defence during the Great Siege. Built during, 1782-83. Views overlooking Gibraltar Airport run-way, with great views to the most southern point in Spain/ Land Frontier.
Experience a unique drive across the airport’s runway, where both pedestrians and vehicles cross, this is controlled by traffic lights and barriers. Both RAF and civilians use the airport with daily flights from UK. See the land frontier with Spain. A small airport constructed in WWII upon the town’s race track. In 1939 it was opened as emergency airport only for Royal Navy Air Fleets, later in 1942 it was extended into the sea using rocks excavated from the tunneling system to allow larger aircraft.