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Sun, 02/03/2013 - 22:00
At the southern tip of the Iberian Peninsula is the British Territory of Gibraltar (since 1704). Mostly everyone knows its landmark, the famous Rock of Gibraltar which European Explorers sailed past in the Mediterranean on their way to conquer (sorry, explore) new worlds.
From the looks of Gibraltar the “Old World” is still pretty awesome. Chances are if those long ago explorers stopped in Gibraltar the “New World” might never have been settled.
Actually, people have lived here on this tiny slice of heaven from 128,000 years ago. Whoever thought Neanderthal Man wasn’t smart was way off the mark. They were intelligent enough to stick around with the amazing Sub-tropical weather.
August is the warmest month in Gibraltar with average temps ranging from 25º-31ºC in the daytime, rarely dipping below 20ºC at night. If that’s too warm for you, winter brings the rains and the chillier air. But, even that’s not too bad as the temp usually doesn’t fall below 9ºC at night.
At least you know the weather you’ll be comfortable walking around this amazing piece of real estate. The Botanical Gardens are simply lovely when all the flowers are abloom (there are over 500 species of plants) in the Spring and Summer; not to mention all the bird watching you can do here.
Most nature lovers really fall head over heels for the Nature Reserve, where you’ll see plenty more indigenous plants and wildlife. Again, the bird-watching is first-rate.
If you’re sightseeing indoors at the Cathedral of St. Mary the Crowned or the Church of the Holy Trinity, it won’t matter what season it is. Gibraltar even has its very own Moorish Castle and a mosque.
As exotic as Gibraltar sounds, don’t worry they speak English just about everywhere since it’s the official language. But, you’ll also hear Italian, Portuguese, and Andalusian Spanish spoken, too.
Maybe when you’re here you’ll fashion yourself an Explorer who didn’t sail the ocean blue off to see new worlds because this one is utterly smashing.