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Gibraltar | I made friends with monkeys


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.

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  1. lyliarose 2nd August 2017

    Ooh I’ve always wanted to go to Gibraltar! I’m intrigued to see if it’s very similar to being in the UK or does it feel like you’re in a foreign country?! The monkeys are amazing! I can’t believe someone gave them a sweet, grr!

    • fayejessica 2nd August 2017

      It’s a strange feeling, the heat and quirky streets means you still feel like you’re abroad. But as you walk around and see a traditional British phonebox and postbox, you feel like you’re at home. They are so cute aren’t they? I know, I still can’t believe it.

  2. Elephants Voice 28th August 2017

    All sounds really interesting – thanks for sharing! X

  3. The Break of Dawns 31st January 2018

    I’ve always wanted to visit here and now that I can see you can make friends with monkeys, I’M IN! Sounds like a wonderful place!

  4. sophietrafotoz 12th June 2018

    I too would “awww” if I were in your shoes – the pictures are too cute!. Also they seem to have a much better diet than me 😀

    I’m away too look more into this and similar places, it looks FAB!

    Sophie | http://www.trafotoz.com

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