Upper Rock Nature Reserve
The Rock is one of the most dramatic landforms in southern Europe. Most of its upper sections (but not the main lookouts) fall within...
The Rock's most famous inhabitants are the tailless Barbary Macaques, the only free-living primates in Europe. Some of the 200 apes hang...
St Michael’s Cave
About 25 minutes' walk south down St Michael's Rd from the top cable-car station (or up from the Apes' Den), St Michael's Cave is a big...
The Rock information
Naturally, the main sight is the awesome rock; a vast limestone ridge that rises to 426m, with sheer cliffs on its northern and eastern sides. For the ancient Greeks and Romans this was one of the two pillars of Hercules, split from the other, Jebel Musa in Morocco, in the course of Hercules' arduous twelve labours. The two great rocks marked the edge of the ancient world.
Most of the upper Rock, starting just above the town, is a nature reserve with spectacular views and several interesting spots to visit. A great way to get up here is by the cable car (catch it from Red Sands Rd, it goes every few minutes 09:30-17:00).