Tourist Overview: The Rock of Gibraltar sits at the southernmost tip of Europe with a land frontier to Central Spain on its northern front. It rests at the crossroads of the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea. The stretch of water that separates Gibraltar from north Africa is called the Strait of Gibraltar and throughout history has played a strategic part in battles fought and won to control the western Mediterranean seaways. Intrinsically linked with the sea, Gibraltar is one of the busiest Ports of Call in the Mediterranean.
In the ancient times, right through the age of empires and in the global conflicts of our own century, Gibraltar has stood guard over this Mediterranean, its unique position making it the focus of a continuous struggle for power. Steeped in history dating back to the glacial period an official rock tour is the ideal introduction to Gibraltar's past and highlights include: St Michael's Cave, the Barbary apes' den, the Moorish Castle and the City Under Siege exhibition. Close to the top, of the rock, one can encounter these apes.
A good tour guide can have them on your back or eating out of your hand in no time. Almost totally surrounded by sea, Gibraltar has five beaches: Catalan Bay, Camp Bay, Eastern Beach, Sandy Bay and Little Bay. Water sports play a large part in Gibraltarian life and center around its three marinas, Sheppard's Marina, Marina Bay and Queensway Quay Marina. Diving, sailing and dolphin watching are widely enjoyed.
Location: Southwestern Europe, bordering the Strait of Gibraltar, which links the Mediterranean Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, on the southern coast of Spain
Size: about 11 times the size of The Mall in Washington, DC, United States of America
Climate: Mediterranean with mild winters and warm summers
Terrain: a narrow coastal lowland borders the Rock of Gibraltar
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Regions: Gibraltar includes the following towns: Catalan Bay Village Gibilterra
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