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Gibraltar - A PIE

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Distance
9.89 mi
Elevation gain
3,547 ft
Technical difficulty
Moderate
Elevation loss
3,547 ft
Max elevation
1,304 ft
TrailRank 
62
Min elevation
-36 ft
Trail type
Loop
Moving time
4 hours 49 minutes
Time
5 hours 43 minutes
Coordinates
2916
Uploaded
July 31, 2021
Recorded
July 2021
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1,304 ft
-36 ft
9.89 mi

near Catalan Bay (Gibraltar)

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We entered Gibraltar by car ... all very simple with the presentation of the DNI, as if it were Andorra. Spanish control and Gibraltarian control.

A red traffic light indicates that there is a plane on the runway ...... hahaha the entrance road goes through the "airport". Indeed .... you can see the plane passing by.

We parked in Catalan Bay (beautiful beach, what a pleasant surprise). There is a huge free parking lot, if you go early there is a safe place.
In this case, we traveled the entire road to the point and thus got to know the eastern part of Gibraltar since it was not on the tourist route and ending up leaving the van in the parking lot.

The walk to the roundabout on the main street will take us 20 minutes but we will not have to think about the car anymore.
Right outside the car park there is also a bus stop that takes you downtown, another option.

At the same roundabout, after the runways, we took Winston Churchill Avenue, passed the Cross of Sacrifice, entered the walled city through the Landport Tunnel and arrived at the main square of Gibraltar (Grand Casemates Square) . We left on Main Street, which is a completely commercial street. After several important monuments, we reached the Trafalgar Cemetery and went up Europa Road. We are gaining height and the views begin.

We arrive at the entrance to the Gibraltar Nature Reserve and a little further on to the ticket booth and the Torres de Hercules monument where there is a large viewpoint.
The entrance costs £ 13 and with the bracelet they give you, you have access to all the important / historical points of the Peñon, after scanning your QR code.

They give you a map ..... and plan a route.

In this case, it was already well studied.

We started going up the Mediterranean stairs (in the info it says strong level).
The first section is more of a trail, up first and then down, until we reach "the stairs". Then the real climb begins, an almost vertical staircase (like the military ones in Dolomites), dug out of the stone and zigzagging. We passed several abandoned military forts, bunkers, the Goat's Hair Twin Caves and balcobes / viewpoints.

We come to a hill. It will be the highest point they let you access.
We are between the O'hara Battery and some military antennas with prohibited passage.

We're going to O'Hara drums.
Awesome place and more in the way they have it renovated / preserved.

On leaving there we continue to the crossroads indicated by Cueva de San Miguel.
The Upper St Michael's Cave was discovered more than 2000 years ago and was used for various purposes: as a fortress in the 18th century, as a hospital and ammunition store during World War II. However, the Lower St Michaels's Lower Cave was not discovered until 1942. It was an accidental discovery by sappers while tunneling to the lower elevations with the aim of providing a secondary exit. They discovered a cave with several chambers, which could have been sealed for 20,000 years.
The cave is of extraordinary beauty !!!!!!!! with sparkles produced by its columns of white, gray and red stalactites and with a similar appearance to a cathedral with a pulpit, a chancel and an organ filled with pipes. This extraordinary and beautiful cave stands out for three reasons: the size of the main chambers, the abundance and variety of calcite formations and, last but not least, a crystal clear lake over 35 meters long.

We follow the route and start to find the macaques. At the Skywalk point (viewpoint with transparent floor) they are already very numerous and when we get to A'pes Den (the monkey's den) is where the largest colony is since it is an open area where they live.

The next point will be the Great Siege tunnels.
The labyrinth of tunnels known as The Great Siege Tunnels is perhaps the most impressive defense system devised by man. Reading his story is most exciting and enriching.

We continue and go towards the tunnels of the Second World War.
With the male population prepared for defense and before the plans of Germany and Spain to recover the rock through a military operation, Gibraltar prepared for an assault attempt by building a system of tunnels within the Rock (apart from the existing from the Great Siege). More than 52 km of tunnels have been built.
In this "chilling" tour you must wear a helmet! ;)

And from here we will have the small visit to the Arab castle and the return to Main Street through the street of the castle stairs.
We undo a section of the way there and we cool off in the cold and transparent waters of Catalan Bay.

Very complete day, very entertaining, cultural, with great views and fulfilling that of ..... today I learned new things !!!!

. To take into account that all the routes inside the galleries, the steps up and down, where the GPS does not reach, are not included ..... they end up being a few more km.

Waypoints

PictographCar park Altitude 2 ft
Photo ofCatalan bay Photo ofCatalan bay

Catalan bay

PictographPhoto Altitude 7 ft
Photo ofPuedes comprar el mapa

Puedes comprar el mapa

PictographPhoto Altitude 9 ft
Photo ofAvenida principal de entrada

Avenida principal de entrada

PictographBridge Altitude 19 ft
Photo ofElevado

Elevado

PictographTunnel Altitude 37 ft
Photo ofTúnel - Entrada Photo ofTúnel - Entrada Photo ofTúnel - Entrada

Túnel - Entrada

PictographPhoto Altitude 58 ft
Photo ofCity Hall

City Hall

Photo ofConvento Franciscano 1531 Photo ofConvento Franciscano 1531

Convento Franciscano 1531

PictographRuins Altitude 51 ft
Photo ofMuralla Photo ofMuralla

Muralla

PictographWaypoint Altitude 48 ft
Photo ofCementerio de Trafalgar Photo ofCementerio de Trafalgar

Cementerio de Trafalgar

PictographFlora Altitude 154 ft
Photo ofJardín botanico

Jardín botanico

PictographIntersection Altitude 229 ft
Photo ofRecto

Recto

PictographIntersection Altitude 315 ft
Photo ofIzquierda

Izquierda

PictographPanorama Altitude 370 ft
Photo ofPanorámica

Panorámica

PictographWaypoint Altitude 450 ft
Photo ofEstrecho de Gibraltar (vistas) - entrada reserva natural Photo ofEstrecho de Gibraltar (vistas) - entrada reserva natural Photo ofEstrecho de Gibraltar (vistas) - entrada reserva natural

Estrecho de Gibraltar (vistas) - entrada reserva natural

Photo ofMapa senderos

Mapa senderos

PictographWaypoint Altitude 550 ft
Photo ofEntrada ticket- Torre de Hercules Photo ofEntrada ticket- Torre de Hercules Photo ofEntrada ticket- Torre de Hercules

Entrada ticket- Torre de Hercules

PictographWaypoint Altitude 559 ft
Photo ofAcceso a las famosas escaleras mediterraneas Photo ofAcceso a las famosas escaleras mediterraneas Photo ofAcceso a las famosas escaleras mediterraneas

Acceso a las famosas escaleras mediterraneas

PictographPhoto Altitude 411 ft
Photo ofEscaleras

Escaleras

PictographCave Altitude 688 ft
Photo ofThe twin caves (cuevas gemelas) Photo ofThe twin caves (cuevas gemelas) Photo ofThe twin caves (cuevas gemelas)

The twin caves (cuevas gemelas)

PictographTunnel Altitude 974 ft
Photo ofTúnel

Túnel

PictographCave Altitude 683 ft
Photo ofBunker Photo ofBunker

Bunker

PictographPanorama Altitude 622 ft
Photo ofMirador a la Linia de la Concepcion

Mirador a la Linia de la Concepcion

PictographPhoto Altitude 1,032 ft
Photo ofUltimas escaleras Photo ofUltimas escaleras

Ultimas escaleras

PictographPanorama Altitude 1,209 ft
Photo ofPanorámica Photo ofPanorámica

Panorámica

PictographWaypoint Altitude 1,234 ft
Photo ofEntrada O'Hara's Battery Photo ofEntrada O'Hara's Battery

Entrada O'Hara's Battery

PictographPhoto Altitude 1,179 ft
Photo ofFoto Photo ofFoto Photo ofFoto

Foto

PictographCave Altitude 1,186 ft
Photo ofCueva Photo ofCueva Photo ofCueva

Cueva

PictographIntersection Altitude 1,122 ft
Photo ofA St. Michael's Cave

A St. Michael's Cave

PictographCave Altitude 989 ft
Photo ofSt. Michael's Cave Photo ofSt. Michael's Cave Photo ofSt. Michael's Cave

St. Michael's Cave

PictographWaypoint Altitude 1,013 ft
Photo ofSkywalk Photo ofSkywalk Photo ofSkywalk

Skywalk

PictographWaypoint Altitude 1,036 ft
Photo ofApe's Den Photo ofApe's Den Photo ofApe's Den

Ape's Den

PictographPhoto Altitude 1,163 ft
Photo ofCable Car Photo ofCable Car

Cable Car

PictographIntersection Altitude 532 ft
Photo ofDerecha Photo ofDerecha

Derecha

PictographWaypoint Altitude 655 ft
Photo ofThe great siege Tunnels  (túneles del asedoo) Photo ofThe great siege Tunnels  (túneles del asedoo) Photo ofThe great siege Tunnels  (túneles del asedoo)

The great siege Tunnels (túneles del asedoo)

PictographTunnel Altitude 653 ft
Photo ofGalerias Photo ofGalerias Photo ofGalerias

Galerias

PictographTunnel Altitude 653 ft
Photo ofTúnel Photo ofTúnel Photo ofTúnel

Túnel

PictographWaypoint Altitude 462 ft
Photo ofBlack Town Photo ofBlack Town Photo ofBlack Town

Black Town

PictographTunnel Altitude 399 ft
Photo ofTúneles de la II Guerra Mundial Photo ofTúneles de la II Guerra Mundial Photo ofTúneles de la II Guerra Mundial

Túneles de la II Guerra Mundial

PictographCastle Altitude 355 ft
Photo ofCastillo árabe Photo ofCastillo árabe Photo ofCastillo árabe

Castillo árabe

PictographPhoto Altitude 187 ft
Photo ofCalle Escaleras al castillo Photo ofCalle Escaleras al castillo

Calle Escaleras al castillo

PictographBeach Altitude 35 ft
Photo of.... a la vuelta ;)

.... a la vuelta ;)

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