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Gibraltar, a former territory of Spain, makes such a fascinating destination, a budding tourist attraction for those who want to enjoy a Mediterranean vacation away from the crowds of Europe. Those going here will find a disparity between its location and identity – it might be part of Spain geographically, but it is quintessentially British. This came about due to the people's ties with United Kingdom, which has made it a dependency state. This act became a bone of contention between the Spaniards and the British governments.

 

Gibraltar's strategic location near the strait between the Iberian Peninsula and the northwestern coast of Africa has made it a vital territory for any country that holds it. The Romans and Carthaginians once had settlements here, with the Moors following after Spain's power across Europe weakened due to the clashing colonial powers. It was returned to the Spanish monarchy in the time of the reunification of Spain and its provinces. The Dutch took over in the early 18th century, but they were routed by the British who established a British Royal Navy port which served as a key base in the Crimean War and other significant conflicts in the region. 

 

What to see & do

There are many points of interest that tourists will love on their visit to Gibraltar. The military structures are the most fascinating aspect of a sightseeing trip here, however. The Great Siege Tunnels make a great example due to its marvellously engineered structure. Tourists going down here will find out how the British defended the island from the combined forces of the Spaniards and French who sought to retake the island in 1779. The tunnels were dug to place a cannon on the north face of the Rock called the 'Notch'. Once they succeeded in doing so, the British managed to withstand the onslaughts as they defended the territory. 

 

From here, tourists can move on to St. Michael's Cave, an interesting subterranean natural scenery. The cave consists of an upper hall with five connecting passages. Drops between 40 ft and 150 ft can be found here which leads to a smaller hall. Narrower cave holes can be seen beyond this point, which can be fascinating to see. 

 

After finishing exploring these sights, one can move back above ground to explore other sights such as the Moorish Castle. It is a breathtaking sight especially at night when the floodlights illuminate the facade of the castle in the dark. This defensive structure has such a rich history involving the resistance of the Moors against the Spaniards who sought to take back their territory. Tourists standing in front of it will marvel at the masonry of the castle. The tower bears only a few marks of artillery fire while the lower portion is more damaged due to

the battles it has experienced in the tumultuous times in the past of the country. Another military relic is the 'One Hundred Ton Gun' of the Gibraltar. It was introduced into service by the British which would have been useful in strengthening the territory's defence. 

 

How to get around within Gibraltar

Buses and the local cable-car service make up the general transportation in Gibraltar. One can also walk around here due to the small size of the whole land area. This allows tourists to get the full experience when seeing those sights on their own.

 

How to get there

Travellers going to Gibraltar can connect to Gibraltar International Airport via British airlines. This requires one to fly to the airports in England and schedule a trip via British Airways or Monarch Airlines.

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