10 Historic Sites in Gibraltar That You Shouldn't Miss

May 17, 2022 Emerita Lamoureux

Rising up as an indomitable peak at the gateway between Spain and the African coast, Gibraltar is a unique destination with a life that goes beyond its surface. The monolithic Rock of Gibraltar entices tourists with its lush greenery and the friendly Barbary Macaques ubiquitous to the area. Beneath its looming exterior lay the Galleries, a veritable labyrinth of underground passageways running through the Rock. Above ground there is also plentiful tax-free shopping, as well as numerous beaches.
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1. The Great Siege Tunnels

Midway up at the northern end of the rock, Gibraltar +350 200 74950 http://www.visitgibraltar.gi/upper-rock-great-siege-tunnels
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4.5 based on 1,545 reviews

The Great Siege Tunnels

Reviewed By yetti1 - Manchester, United Kingdom

Well worth a visit if you’re in Gibraltar, fascinating insight into life during the great siege , a must for history buffs

2. Princess Caroline's Battery

Willis's Road, Westside, Gibraltar GX11 1AA
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4.5 based on 10 reviews

Princess Caroline's Battery

Reviewed By nnmercman - Camberley, United Kingdom

Visited as part of our taxi tour and stopped for around 15mins taking in the far reaching views across the airport towards La Linea and beyond plus watching the activities of an Ape family running around the magazine roof. This artillery position was built back in 1732, upgraded with a 6inch Naval gun in 1905 and although since removed from here, these guns were still used up until the 50s for coastal defence!. The underground shell magazine currently houses a military museum but it was closed when we visited. A concrete plaque nearby commemorates the spot where HM and Duke of Edinburgh stood during their visit to Gib in 1954.

3. Harding's Battery

Europa Point, South District, Gibraltar
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4.5 based on 20 reviews

Harding's Battery

Reviewed By 164dons - New Westminster, Canada

I had no idea when I walked up to this area and discovered the cannon and read the history behind it that I would spend the next 45 minutes taking this all in, cool spot as well.

4. Prince Ferdinand's Battery

Old Queen's Road, Gibraltar Town, Gibraltar
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4.5 based on 7 reviews

Prince Ferdinand's Battery

Reviewed By DuckysWife

Aka the Apes Den where the macaques are fed. Incredible views from here of Western side of Gibraltar, Spain and Morocco in the distance. Amusing to watch the monkeys play chase and nearly fall off the railings, amazing balancing skills and grip. Taxi drivers stop here as part of the very popular rock tours based at Casements Square. The first time we visited we walked past without stopping as no 'Apes Den' signs, no apes and no taxis at the time. So the next time we took a guided taxi tour. I was very relieved to see that the fruit is left under shade for the monkeys.

5. Charles V Wall

St Michael Rd, Gibraltar Town, Gibraltar GX11 1AA
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4.5 based on 13 reviews

Charles V Wall

Reviewed By U8248AVstephanieb - Charlotte, United States

Highest point you can get to by tour van and you can see Africa and Spain. Views were incredible! There was also a monkey feeding station.

6. The Convent

Main Street, Westside, Gibraltar +350 200 45440 http://convent.gi/
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4.0 based on 31 reviews

The Convent

7. World War II Tunnels

Princes Caroline Battery Upper Rock Nature Reserve, Hayes Level, Gibraltar +350 200 71633 http://www.visitgibraltar.gi/world-war-tunnels
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World War II Tunnels

Lower in the Rock than the Great Siege Tunnels these tunnels are viewable by a guided tour that leaves every half an hour.

Reviewed By ChuckM149 - San Diego, United States

The World War II tunnels are massive and significantly different than the Great Siege Tunnels. What is most compelling about these tunnels is the fact that they are from our recent history. Although its been more than 75 years since this place was constructed, there are veterans that served here and men that worked here that are still living. I was told by our guide that one of the Canadian men that helped build the tunnels actually visited about 2 years ago! From a strategic and historical point of view, the WW-II tunnels are profoundly important. The best way to see this site, is to take a guided tour. The tunnels are long and poorly lit. As such, a guide will make sure you see everything and remain safe in the process. I recommend (again) wearing warm clothes and good (non-slip) walking shoes. They will also require you to wear a hard hat. No big deal, and its certainly to your benefit. Some of the tunnels have low ceilings. The guided tour lasts about an hour, and will allow you to visit several points of interest associated with the construction and operations of the complex during the war. There are several display boards and a number of excellent photographs that give you an idea as to how life was during those times. You will probably return to the same place where you started the tour. However, be careful. you can inadvertently end up in the Great Siege Tunnels and might get lost! Our guide (unfortunately, I can't remember his name) was great. He was very professional, knowledgeable, and patient. He pointed out many interesting features of the tunnel complex and also provided a lot of antidotal information that gave color to the story of those times. He did a very good job and allowed us ample time to ask questions. In sum, our tour guide gave me a different perspective on the recent history of Gibraltar and the scale of the engineering which went into building these tunnels, including a hospital, living quarters, supply dumps, ammunition bunkers and defensive fortifications in WW-II. If you are interested in military history, engineering, geology or living conditions during war, this is a must see place. It is also a place to pay homage to the great men and women that served here and gave their all in the defense of freedom. Very highly recommended.

8. Queen Charlotte's Battery

Willis's Road, Gibraltar Town, Gibraltar GX11 1AA
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4.0 based on 6 reviews

Queen Charlotte's Battery

9. The Moorish Castle Complex (The Tower of Homage and The Gate House)

Willis Road, Gibraltar [email protected]
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3.5 based on 384 reviews

The Moorish Castle Complex (The Tower of Homage and The Gate House)

Reviewed By pparrothead - Wilmington, United States

My wife and I recently spent the day on Gibraltar exploring this amazing place....There is so much to see and , unfortunately not enough time to see it all. We explored on our own as much as we could walking up and down hills , valleys, suspension bridges, a glass "Skywalk"...till our feet ached.... The Moorish Castle was near the World War Tunnels that I had booked a private tour in advance for. The WW2 Tunnels are not open to the public so if you do not make reservations in advance you cannot go in...And they are not to be missed..While we were waiting for our tour time I walked over to the Moorish Castle and I am so glad I did. It is amazing inside and out and has an outstanding view from its rooftop.The staircase inside is dizzying and the stone construction is amazing to see... You can get some great photos from the Moorish Castle...Don't pass pass it by.

10. Pillars of Hercules

Strait of Gibraltar, Sandy Bay, Gibraltar http://www.britannica.com/place/Pillars-of-Heracles
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3.5 based on 121 reviews

Pillars of Hercules

Reviewed By 616iank - Alnwick, United Kingdom

This is a surprise in a small country full of surprises. High up on the rock itself and best seen as part of a tour, it is a good stopping off point for breathtaking views

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