The Rock

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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).