It may be a small territory, but you’ll be surprised at the number of things you can do in Gibraltar.
The Cable Car – The Rock itself is an impressive sight but it’s only when seen from on high that you appreciate why so many have wished to conquer this small isthmus and how it has played such an important part in world history. From the terraces of the Top Station you can gaze down over the town below, look North towards Sierra Nevada over the Costa del Sol, look East over the blue Mediterranean Sea and South across the Strait of Gibraltar to the Rif Mountains of North Africa. In short you will view 2 continents, 3 countries and the meeting point of 2 great bodies of water. Impressive is not the word!
Built and completed by a Swiss Cable Car manufacturer, Von Roll, in 1966 the Cable Car is a must for all visitors to the Rock. The Top Station is the best place to meet our most famous residents, the macaques, not to mention the views. The Cable Car has received many famous visitors over the years including Prince Michael of Kent, Julian Lennon, Elaine Paige, Dennis Waterman, Ian McShane, Sir Alex Ferguson, Bryan Robson & Bruce Grobbelaar to name but a few.
On July 21, 2009, a trilateral meeting held at the Mons Calpe Suite hosted an historical meeting between Chief Minister of Gibraltar; Sir Peter Caruana, the British Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs; Mr David Miliband and the then Spanish Minister for Foreign Affairs; Sr D.Miguel Angel Moratinos. It was the first time a serving Spanish Minister had set foot in Gibraltar since 1704.
The Cable Car is owned and operated by MH Bland who have plans to undertake a major refurbishment of both the lower and upper station plus increase the capacity of each cabin to 80 passengers. All going to plan, the new Cable Car will reopen in time for the summer of 2021.
The Skywalk was opened in March 2018 by Star Wars actor Mark Hamill, AKA Luke Skywalker. It is Gibraltar’s newest attraction and not for the faint hearted! Located at a former military lookout point, the glass platform protrudes out from the edge of the cliff over the Jurassic dune below and overlooks the Mediterranean.
St Michael’s Cave – Thought to be bottomless and first mentioned in the writings of Roman travel writer Pomponius Melia in 45CE, St Michael’s has seen millions of visitors since then though not all with tourism in mind. For instance, learn about how 500 Spanish soldiers were led to safety by Simon Susarte, the shepherd who knew a secret path into the cave during your visit. Also explore the cave in all its glory, see the stalagmite that eventually got too heavy on one side and literally fell over still lying there after centuries. You can even examine the growth rings, the darker rings occurring during periods of less rain. Wonder at the sight that is the Cathedral cave so called because the mineral formations around the walls resemble the pipes of a cathedral organ.
St Michael’s is worth the walk – the temperature inside remains constant all year round and drips no matter how long it has been since our last rainfall. In fact, if you look carefully at the floor, you will see the beginnings of those stalagmites that in 1000 years might just be knee high to a grasshopper.
For the more adventurous amongst you and with those with a little more time on their hands why not explore Lower St Michael’s Cave? Discovered while opening an alternative entrance to the cave during WWII, this cave is also open to visitors but strictly by appointment only. An experienced guide is needed to guide you as you climb, slide and explore deep into the cave. One of the many highlights is a walk around the 5cm rim of a small lagoon! Truly an experience that you will talk about long after your return home.
A Nature Reserve ticket is required to access St Michael’s Cave, while the Lower St Michael’s Tour with guide has a separate fee.