We just arrived back from a fantastic two weeks onboard the Celebrity Eclipse cruise ship sailing around the Mediterranean. It was not only our first Cruise holiday as a family but we also celebrated my best friends wedding day whilst on board.
Our first port of call after sailing for two days from Southampton was Gibraltar. Gibraltar is not somewhere any of us had been before and all we knew about it was that it’s part of the British territory, well known for “The Rock” where the Monkeys live and that there was a Morrisons supermarket.
So we decided that we would give Morrisons a miss and opted to visit The Rock on a mini bus tour of the area.
So we headed up the rock to begin our tour, our first stop off was to visit st St Michaels caves. We were dropped off by our tour guide and had about 30 minutes to explore the cave before jumping back on the mini bus to finish our journey to the top up. Some very tight and narrow roads it wasn’t for the faint hearted or anyone scared of hights but the views were amazing.
Once at the top of the rock we spotted our first Monkey. Although the kids were very excited to get out and see the monkeys, I also knew we needed to be very careful. These monkeys although very cute have a bit of a reputation for being a little cheeky, stealing food, trying to get into people’s bags but also a little nasty so keeping a bit of distance from them was also a must.
We had a great time exploring the area watching the Monkeys play and looking out over the Rock at the beautiful view.
Here’s is a few pictures of our time at the top of the Rock.
After the tour we were dropped in the main town where there are English pubs high street big names like shops Marks and Spencers, very strange in the also very Spanish influence of the people and decor.
We had a little walk around exploring the area before stopping off for a well needed beer (for us) and ice cream for the kids.
Gibraltar is not somewhere I have ever thought of visiting before but one thing I’ve come to love about cruising is that it takes you to area’s and places you wouldn’t have necessarily visited, but after visiting gives you just a little taster and makes you want to visit the area a little more. Gibraltar is definitely a place we would all like to go to again and explore some more.
Have you been to Gibraltar before ? Is it a place you would visit again ?
Our second Port was Villafranche near Nice in France, Watch out for Part 2 of our Mediterranean adventures very soon.
Until next time