30 macaques rehomed in Scotland
Many visitors to Gibraltar enjoy the entertainment provided by the Rock’s colony of inquisitive macaques behaving like cheeky monkeys… but some, it seems, went a little too far!
As a result, 30 were served an ASBO equivalent for anti-social behaviour and selected for re-settlement at a safari park in Scotland. The offending apes, 11 males and 19 females, some less than year old, have now turned from a life of crime and pick-pocketing tourists, and once out of quarantine will be swinging in the trees at their new home.
But don’t worry, there are plenty more left behind with still about 200 living in the British Overseas Territory, located off the Costa del Sol. The Barbary Macaques are Gibraltar’s most famous residents, inhabiting a den high on the Rock, and are the only wild primates group in Europe. Legend says that when they leave, Gibraltar will cease to be British.
The Rock and the waters around it are home to lots of fascinating wildlife and by boat you may by lucky and spot leaping dolphins and flying fish. Bird watching is rewarding with species such as Peregrine Falcon, the rare Barbary Partridge, Blue Rock thrush, as well as eagles, vultures, buzzards flying over.
With its military heritage, World War II tunnels, Europa Point lighthouse, Gibraltar museum and cable car, there is plenty to explore and there’s always a buzz around Main St with its duty free shops, chains stores, restaurants and cafés.
A trip to ‘Gib’ from CLC Club La Costa World is easily manageable and there are organised excursions if you prefer not to drive. Just be aware there is a border patrol and you will need your passport. Once there, Sterling is the accepted currency and while some places accept euros you may not appreciate the exchange rate.
If you yearn for red pillar boxes, bobbies on the beat and true Brit fish and chips, with a side serving of sauce perhaps from a roving macaque, then head to the Rock during your holiday.