I recently spent a day in Gibraltar and I fell in love with the Barbary macaques there. I could have stayed at the rock of Gibraltar all day just taking pictures of the monkeys and watching them fight, play, sleep and pick lice from each other. It was truly amazing seeing monkeys roam free without being caged up for the first time.
I travelled to Gibraltar as part of an excursion from Spain, so I only got to spend around half an hour with them. I’m still devastated about this; I really didn’t want to leave. My highlight was probably getting a selfie with two of the monkeys. That’s one picture I’ll always keep.
A baby monkey had only recently been born and its mother was carrying it around on her tummy. I “awwed” at this far too many times but it was just so cute.
On my way into St Michael’s cave, a monkey jumped off one of the walls and ran over my foot. I’ve never been so scared and excited at the same time!
St Michael’s cave was really beautiful inside. Lights lit up the limestone walls causing the stalactites and stalagmites to really stand out. It’s one of those places that you enter and just stand and stare. You don’t really have to say anything because the beauty speaks for itself. Although, I’m not going to lie… I didn’t spend too long in there. I came back out to see the monkeys haha.
We were specifically told before we arrived to not feed the monkeys anything because they are on a particular diet and receive a daily supply of water, vegetables, fruit and seeds and have access to leaves, olives, roots, seeds and flowers. We were also told to keep hold of our belongings (obviously so the monkeys didn’t steal them).
Just as we were heading away from the rock, a woman gave a sweet to one of the monkeys and of course he (or she) grabbed hold of it and ate it. I was disgusted that a group of people just stood around the monkey taking pictures and laughing.
However, my mood was lightened when I watched a young girl get a picture taken with one of the monkeys on her shoulders, making it look like it was checking her for lice. So cute!
For you fashionistas, you should know that Gibraltar has a Next, Pandora,Dorothy Perkins and a Topshop just to name a few and because its duty free, its cheap too. I stopped off at Burger King and Costa while I was there and it felt just like being at home, except a lot hotter.