GIBRALTAR, TOP OF THE ROCK EXPERIENCE

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Gibraltar was somewhere I wanted to visit. I was hoping it would nice but this time weather was against us. We were planning to visit Gibraltar after our drive from El Faro to Ronda onwards to another area in Spain. But the weather forecast the night before changed our plans. My husband having visited before suggested we just drive there and go to Ronda on another trip. We drove to Gibraltar and we were in traffic but at least it moved quickly.

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We drove straight to the Top Of Rock as I wanted to try and do this for myself. My husband had done some years before and walked down the Rock. Not realising how long it would take them

The Gibraltar Cable Car was built in 1966 by Swiss cable car experts Von Roll Holding, with the base and summit stations designed by Public Works Department architect Brian Helliwell and atop Signal Hill Battery. Remains of an earlier cable station that was used to bring supplies (or a brave man) up to the top of signal hill via a rope are still evident. Besides the remains of earlier military buildings there is also a short tunnel that runs east to west under the station. From the base station, the cable car travels up the Rock of Gibraltar to the Ape’s Den midway up the Rock, and then to the top of the Rock. Despite being called “top of the Rock”, it is actually the second highest peak of the Rock at 412 metres (1,352 ft) above sea level. There are 673 metres (2,208 ft) between the two stations and the cars can take an attendant and 30 people up or down the cables. The cars travel between the three towers and the journey takes approximately six minutes at a speed of 5 m/s (16.4 ft/s; 18.0 km/h; 11.2 mph). During the journey, audio tour guides describe historical background on the sights of Gibraltar. At the top is a restaurant, cafe, toilet facilities, and terraces which offer views across the Strait of Gibraltar to Morocco, the Bay of Gibraltar towards Algeciras, a port city in the south of Spain, and up the east coast towards Marbella. Bus number 2, 3 and 4 stop close by to the base station. 

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gibraltar

gibraltar

When we visited, we parked and walked to the entrance, very steep steps, not disabled friendly in anyway. I struggled so much with my crutches. We were warned to be careful with our bags as the monkeys are vicious. And there were, we saw one monkey open up a backpack and remove some sandwiches.

gibraltar

gibraltar

Also the view on the day we visited was cloudy, rainy and cold. So this did not make it a great experience.  Would I do this again, possibly I really do not know. And on our way out, we got caught by a plane. The entrance is also the airport.

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