The Gibraltar Caves

Posted by Luci Ackers on 31 March 2015
Related property: Benavista
The Gibraltar Caves

Gibraltar is located right on the south of the Iberian Peninsula and colloquially named The Rock due to its distinctive landmark. Though small in area, Gibraltar is steeped in history, has a great many attractions to see and do and makes a fantastic day trip if you are visiting or staying in the area.

The Rock itself, a looming promontory stretching almost the entire length of the Gibraltan peninsula, was formed practically how we see it today, millions of years ago. But history has honeycombed its solid centre with a network of naturally formed caves and fishers; much later its inhabitants tunnelled passageways and created subterranean roads four times the length of their surface counterparts. The Rock is now laced with a web of labyrinthine secrets and huge caverns such St. Michael's Cave, which has been slowly formed by the filtering of rain water. And it is these caves and tunnels that draw so many visitors every year to explore the insides of this great Rock.

Findings prove the caves were occupied by prehistoric people and also received visits from ancient mariners as well as the later Greeks and Romans. They provided such attractive accommodation for travellers. The oldest man-made excavations appear to be Nun's Well and date from the 8th century or possibly even earlier during Roman times.

The tunnels and chambers now occupy an area of roughly 30 miles. St. Michael's Cave is accessible from the Upper Rock Nature Reserve, which also offers a whole host of other attractions en route such as the Moorish Castle. The cave is located near the top of the Nature Reserve and is so large that it was once thought to be bottomless. Visitors can walk its path, deep into The Rock, see the stalagmites and stalactites and explore the Cathedral Cave, which is now a unique auditorium.

With advance bookings it is possible to have a guide and see Lower St. Michael's Cave and the WWII tunnels which were excavated between 1939-1944 and provided space for a large garrison in a type of underground city. Take a look at the original Great Siege Tunnels, which are barely changed since they were first dug more than 200 years ago and were created as part of an incredible defence system in place for the war from 1779-1783.

Take a look at the website or the map to plan your visit and make sure not to miss any of the Upper Rock Nature Reserve attractions.

To learn how you can stay in our fantastic property in the Costa del Sol and discover the area for yourself, follow the link below.

Luci Ackers

Luci Ackers

Luci loves getting out and about for a good cycle ride or easy-going walks in the countryside, and thoroughly enjoyed the time she previously spent working for the National Trust. Her love of writing started from a young age and on rainy days nothing beats curling up in a secret corner with a good book.

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