18 May 2018:
Gibraltar, UK:
On the Rock

By Corey Sandler, Destination Consultant Silversea Cruises

Gibraltar is one of the planet’s strange corners, immediately recognizable for its unusual geology: The Rock.

But the oddity does not stop there.

It is a British territory clinging to the bottom of the Iberian Peninsula of Spain, to some eyes, the last remaining colony in Europe. To many residents, a place more British than Britain.

Africa is about eight miles away.

Silver Spirit at the dock in Gibraltar

Europa Point, the southernmost spot in Gibraltar.

A place called Gorham’s Cave in Gibraltar, from between 24,000 and 128,000 years BCE is believed to have been the last holdout of the Neanderthals.

Jumping forward to recorded history, the first inhabitants are believed to have been Phoenicians, about 950 BCE. Carthaginians and Romans also established settlements.

In modern times it was a place of conflict and military emplacements by the Spanish, their sometime-ally the French, and the British. And then it held on very tenuously as a British base during World War II, with German spies and forces in “neutral” Spain.

Today I went with guests inside the rock to view some of the World War II tunnels constructed by the British and Allied forces as parts of the defense of the territory. We also stuck our heads out of a hole in the rock for a view of the strange airport which includes a roadway across the runway.

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