The Rock of Gibraltar is a monolithic limestone promontory, the upper area of which is mostly covered by a protected nature reserve.
Covered in lush vegetation and commanding impressive views of the Strait of Gibraltar, the Spanish mainland and the African coastline, it truly feels as if you are on top of the world on the Rock of Gibraltar.
The Gibraltar Nature Reserve is home to many of Gibraltar’s important historical sites, including St. Michael’s Cave, Moorish Castle and World War II tunnels, and is therefore a main highlight for visitors interested in both landmark attractions and marvelling at the fantastic views on offer.
As part of continued efforts to further protect the area’s biodiversity and natural habitats, the Gibraltar Nature Reserve was extended in 2013 to include new areas that would further help to protect important habitats and species.
Gibraltar is home to a wealth of plant life, from palms and jacaranda to lavender and jasmine, and is also a well-known and popular bird look out. As a key migration point, keen bird watchers return year after year in the hope of spotting the myriad of bird life that use the Strait of Gibraltar as their crossing point to and from the north of Africa.
It is the Gibraltar Nature Reserve’s natural beauty, stunning views and sites of historical interest, combined with its unique, meandering nature trails, that differ it from the more mainstream tours of the Rock.