Today Gibraltar is all about Tourism. Each year millions of tourists visit the beaches, enjoy Fish & Chips at the local pubs, explore St. Michael’s Cave, ride the cable car to the top of the Rock and attempt to get a picture of the famous Barbary Apes. These vestigial-tailed Macaques apes were brought from nearby Morocco. They roam wild on the upper slopes of the mountain and are famous for stealing cameras, hats and bags from tourists on their never-ending quest for food. We actually saw one woman get in a tug of war with an ape right in front of us. The ape stole her bag, jumped upon the wall and pulled out an orange from the bottom of the bag. The ape defiantly raised it in the air in front of the woman, threw her souvenir bag of brand new T-shirts over the cliff and ate the orange. We actually caught it on video – an amazing spectacle!
Gibraltar is quite proud of its British heritage and is enamored with the Royal Family. There is plenty of resentment from neighboring Spain as they believe the Rock is rightfully theirs. We took a cable car to the top of the Rock. From the apex you can see Spain in all directions except to the south. On a clear day, the southern vantage point offers a glimpse of Northern Africa and the Moroccan coast. The two continents are separated by only 7.7 nautical miles and ferry service provides daily connections. Gibraltar is a mere 2.6 square miles yet receives about 12 million tourists each year. It’s subtropical climate makes it one of the most attractive destinations in the British Empire. Gibraltarians have complete British citizenship, but have their own unique currency – the Gibraltar Pound. The total population is only 30,000. You can pretty much see all Gibraltar has to offer in a single weekend, but it’s definitely worth the trip!