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ME & BARBARY APE
This was a fun city. took the best tour. a taxi tour to the top of the rock, pillars of hercules, st. michael's caverns, seize tunnels, and the barbary apes. all for 25 euro. best euro spent. i ate good steak and kidney pie.


NOTE: beware of the barbary apes. they will take your hat and purse. they belong to gibraltar, they have their daily shots and vaccines.


Gibraltar is a British overseas territory located near the southernmost tip of the Iberian Peninsula overlooking the Strait of Gibraltar. The territory shares a border with Spain to the north. Gibraltar has historically been an important base for the British Armed Forces and is the site of a Royal Navy base.

 

The name of the territory is derived from the Arabic name Jabal Tāriq, meaning "mountain of Tariq".It refers to the geological formation, the Rock of Gibraltar, and the Berber Umayyad general Tariq ibn-Ziyad, under the orders of Caliph Al-Walid I who led the initial incursion into Iberia in advance of the main Moorish force in 711.

"THE ROCK" & BARBARY APE
Earlier, it was known as Mons Calpe, one of the Pillars of Hercules. Today, Gibraltar is known colloquially as Gib or The Rock.

 

A one-year investigation and analysis of 235 countries and territories by Jane’s Country Risk listed Gibraltar as the top stable and prosperous British Territory, in 5th position overall.

 

Gibraltar was ceded by Spain to Great Britain in perpetuity in 1713 under the Treaty of Utrecht though Spain requests its return. The British Government has stated it is committed to respecting the wishes of the Gibraltarians[3], who strongly oppose the idea of annexation along with any proposal for shared sovereignty with Spain.

 

The territory covers 6.843 square kilometres (2.

view of spain
642 sq mi). It shares a 1.2 km (0.75 mi) land border with Spain. On the Spanish side is the town La Línea de la Concepción, a municipality of Cádiz province. The part of Cádiz province next to Gibraltar is called Campo de Gibraltar, literally Gibraltar Countryside. The shoreline measures 12 km (7.5 mi) in length. There are two coasts (sides) of Gibraltar – the East Side, which contains the settlements of Sandy Bay and Catalan Bay, and the West Side, where the vast majority of the population lives.

 

Having negligible natural resources and few natural freshwater resources, limited to natural wells in the north, until recently Gibraltar used large concrete or natural rock water catchments to collect water. Fresh water from the boreholes is supplemented by two desalination plants: a reverse osmosis plant, constructed in a tunnel within the rock, and a multi-stage flash distillation plant at North Mole.

st. michael's cavens

 

Gibraltar is one of the most densely populated territories in the world, with approximately 4,290 inhabitants per square kilometre (11,100 /sq mi). The growing demand for space is being increasingly met by land reclamation; reclaimed land currently comprises approximately one tenth of the territory's total area.

 

The Rock itself is made of limestone and is 426 metres (1,396 ft) high. It contains many tunnelled roads, most of which are operated by the military and closed to the public.

 

The Barbary Macaque

 

The Barbary Macaque population in Gibraltar is the last in the whole of the European continent, which, unlike that of North Africa, is thriving.

the only airport in the world that stops traffic for the planes to land on the runway.
At present there are some 230 animals in five troops occupying the area of the Upper Rock, though occasional forays into the town may result in damages to personal property. As they are a tailless species, they are also known locally as Barbary Apes or Rock Apes despite the fact that they are monkeys (Macaca sylvanus). Forming a double paradox, locals simply refer to them as monos (Spanish: monkeys) when conversing in Spanish or Llanito (the local vernacular).

 

The Barbary Macaque is considered Gibraltar's unofficial national animal.

 

Origin

 

Some scientists believe the Barbary Macaques were first introduced to Gibraltar from North Africa by the Moors (who occupied southern Iberia, including Spain and Portugal, between 711 and 1492), to be used as pets.

the royal navy base
On the other hand, it's possible that the original Gibraltar macaques were a remnant of populations that had spread throughout Southern Europe during the Pliocene, up to 5.5 million years ago.[1]

 

One thing that is certain is that the macaque population has been present on the The Rock long before Gibraltar became British in 1704. In 1610 Portillo wrote:

 

    "But now let us speak of other and living producers which in spite of the asperity of the rock still maintain themselves in the mountain, there are monkeys, who may be called the true owners, with possession from time immemorial, always tenacious of the dominion, living for the most part on the eastern side in high and inaccessible chasms."

 

In 1782 Ayala, a Spanish historian like Portillo, wrote of the monkeys:

 

    "Neither the incursions of Moor, the Spaniards nor the English, nor cannon nor bomb of either have been able to dislodge them

 

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ME & BARBARY APE
ME & BARBARY APE
THE ROCK & BARBARY APE
"THE ROCK" & BARBARY APE
view of spain
view of spain
st. michaels cavens
st. michael's cavens
the only airport in the world that…
the only airport in the world tha…
the royal navy base
the royal navy base
the Barbary apes
the Barbary apes
CUTE :)
CUTE :)
awesome steak and kidney pie
awesome steak and kidney pie
OUR BOAT
OUR BOAT
the pillars of hercules
the pillars of hercules
view of spain
view of spain
view of morocco
view of morocco
barbary ape in the taxi stealing p…
barbary ape in the taxi stealing …
903 km (561 miles) traveled
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