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Gibraltar, a British dependency, is a
strategic naval base; with the rock being something of a fortress.
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Ancient Greeks called the two peaked rocks in the eastern
Mediterranean the Pillars of Hercules.
The northern pillar, the modern Rock of Gibraltar was known as
Calpe, and the southern pillar, ancient Abila, is now called Jebel Musa; in Morocco's
Spanish enclave of Ceuta.
The Phoenicians, early Mediterranean mariners, crowned the two rocks
with silver columns to mark the limits of safe navigation.
After the Strait of Gibraltar comes the open sea of the Atlantic.
The Arabs called the Rock of Gibraltar Jabal Tariq, meaning Mount of
Tariq, in honour of the Muslim general Tariq ibn-Ziyad who invaded Spain in 711.
Castillians captured Gibraltar in 1309, but the rock was soon regained
by the Moors and held until 1462.
It was annexed to the Spanish Crown in 1502, and the rock was
fortified after yet another north African invasion.
During the War of the Spanish Succession in 1704 combined English and
Dutch forces captured Gibraltar, and the English commander took possession of the rock in
the name of Queen Anne.
Gibraltar was blockaded by the French and Spanish during the European
Wars in America, until the British destroyed the floating batteries of the besiegers on
September 14, 1782.
In 1969 Spain closed its border with Gibraltar and travellers from
mainland Spain had to take the boat from Algeciras to Tangiers and return on another one
The border with the Spanish mainland was fully reopened in February
The Rock of Gibraltar:
Britain's little outpost at the mouth of the Mediterranean; where the Spaniards drink
Gibraltar Travel Tips
If you arrive by car, park as soon as you can and walk to see the main
town area, or take a taxi tour to see the rest. The streets are narrow in Gibraltar and a
complicated one way system operates.
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The official language of Gibraltar is English, although Spanish is
Most of the civilian population are of Portuguese, Italian, Maltese,
English, or Spanish descent.
We say civilian because Gibraltar is also a British navy base. The
forces personnel swell the numbers and float their salaries into the bar economy.
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Accommodation in Gibraltar
|Hai The Rock:
3 Europa Road.
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The Rock Hotel.
Rock Hotel is located approximately two miles from Gibraltar Airport with views over the
straits of Gibraltar.
Built in 1932, by the Marquis of Bute, the hotel has views of
Spain and the Rif Mountains in Morocco.
All rooms have sea-views and free Wi-Fi Internet access.
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The Rock Hotel
Hotel amenities include a swimming pool, poolside snack bar and game room.
The main restaurant has panoramic views across Gibraltar Bay and the Spanish mainland.
Also on site is the Barbary Bar, which opens out on to the Wisteria Terrace.
|The Caleta Hotel:
|Sir Herbert Miles Road.
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|As the largest hotel
in Gibraltar, with 169 bedrooms, the Caleta Hotel has for many years been an attractive
haven for British and European tourists and a popular choice for dining, amongst the local
population seeking a Latin atmosphere in the Italian restaurant.
In a spectacular
location, alongside the Mediterranean, the hotel stands on the eastern side of the rock;
beside the fishing village of Catalan Bay.
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the Caleta Hotel
The hotel has recently received substantial investment for the refurbishment of the
public areas, restaurant and sea-view bedrooms.
Private access to a small, sheltered, sandy beach overlooking Spain and North Africa.
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This hotel is extremely well located for those who wish to spend a day in Gibraltar, for
duty free shopping, or as a stop-off point to explore the rest of Cadiz and Andalucia.
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