THE GIBRALTAR BUCKET LIST Ten well-wicked ways to experience our Jurassic limestone rock 01 - A Walk in the Sky
03 - The Secret Menagerie
05 - Med Steps Challenge
Straddling a 50-metre gorge above town, shrinking cruise ships in the Strait to the size of bath tub toys, the new Windsor Suspension Bridge is competing with the Cable Car for the title of top aerial attraction. Strung between the footpath through the Upper Rock Nature Reserve, it’s a high-wire act personally recommended by Gibraltar’s Chief Minister, Fabian Picardo, who says the slight wobble only adds to the thrill of the experience!
Monkeys aren’t the only animal act in town. Patagonian parrots, lemurs from Madagascar, miniature tamarinds from Colombia and a pair of utterly charming Asian otters share the secret sanctuary known as Alameda Wildlife Conservation Park. Hidden away inside Gibraltar’s magnificent Botanical Gardens, this bijou biopark cares for exotic pets confiscated by Customs in habitats emulating their homelands and works to protect endangered species.
The military stone staircase to the Rock summit used to be Gibraltar’s best-kept secret but now everyone is clamouring to join this 426-Metre High Club. The 1,400 metre hike through a nature reserve is an exciting aerobic workout if you’re fit, with a head for heights. Race to the top in under 19 minutes to beat the record or tackle it over a more leisurely one-to-two hours to admire the scenery and get your breath back. Counting the steps is another challenge. The common consensus is over 600!
06 - Concerts in the Cave Gibraltar’s most awesome concert hall took Mother Nature 350 million years to build, and she must have been inspired by Gaudi.
02 - Runway Thrills Voted 2017’s fourth Most Scenic Airport Landing in the world by jet charter company PrivateFly, the rock at the crossroads of Africa and Europe provides high-flying thrills as you drop out of the clouds onto a sliver of tarmac lapped by ocean at both ends. But is it a runway, a road or a pedestrian crossing? The world’s fifth Most Extreme Airport shares its landing strip with cars and people, making every inbound and outbound flight a traffic-stopping spectacle!
04 - Colonial Afternoon Tea You’ll get a great British cuppa wherever you go in Gibraltar but why not splurge on the full Edwardian works at the iconic Rock hotel? A long-cherished tradition since colonial times, think silver cake stands, finger sandwiches and scones with jam and clotted cream. Enjoy it at its authentic best on the timeless Wisteria Terrace overlooking the bay, as served to Sir Winston Churchill and a Who’s Who of famous personalities since the 1930s.
Dripping with giant stalactites suspended from its soaring cathedral ceiling, St. Michael’s Cave is a wonder to behold but wait until you’ve experienced the incredible acoustics of this magical limestone auditorium. Jazz and New World Music concerts, theatre, ballet ... it’s a prehistoric platform for subterranean spectaculars throughout the year.
PHOTOGRAPHY BY: DAVI D C U S S E N COURTESY OF: TH E G I B R ALTAR TO U R I ST B OAR D
Published on Apr 23, 2015