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 About Gibraltar:

Aerial view of the Port of GibraltarLocated at the southern tip of Spain, and nicknamed “The Rock”,  Gibraltar is a British Overseas Territory. As such, it is not actually part of Great Britain, but still falls within its legal jurisdiction…..which is a bit confusing, we realize.  Small in size ((2.6 sq mi) and with a 3/4 mile wide border with Spain, its strategic location at the mouth of the Mediterranean has given it immense importance in regulating trade. The Moors occupation was permanently ended by the Spanish in 1462, and Queen Isabella I annexed Gibraltar to Spain in 1501. Then, in 1704, during the War of the Spanish Succession, Sir George Rooke captured Gibraltar for the British, and Spain formally ceded it to Britain in 1713 under the terms of the Treaty of Utrecht.

It still has traces of Spanish rule in both its architecture and churches.  And you will also find Barbary macaque monkeys throughout Gibraltar, originally from north Africa.

Catholic places of interest in Gibraltar:

Cathedral of Mary The Crowned

Shrine of Our Lady of Europe & Statue of Our Lady of Europe

Traveling to Gibraltar:

Gibraltar has an airport, mainly served by flights from the U.K. You can drive from Spain to Gibraltar, although customs may take some time, so if you are just spending the day here then it might be easier to park on the Spanish side and just walk across to Gibraltar. There is also overnight ferry service from Tangier in North Africa. It is a popular stop on many Western Mediterranean cruises.

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