Standing guard at the entrance to the Mediterranean Sea, Gibraltar is an overseas territory of the United Kingdom. Spread over a 6.8 square kilometer area, it is a surprisingly unique place for the curious visitor. Featuring an absolute labyrinth of caves and tunnels which are almost 4 times longer than those outside, a strong military presence on this island is however, invisible. A densely populated urban settlement at the foot of the Rock of Gibraltar, the famous landmark, is home to over 30,000 residents of various nationalities including Gibraltarians.
Displaying over 500 species of flowering plants, Gibraltar provides shelter to 230 Barbary Macaques, which are the only wild monkeys now found in Europe. Serving as an important British military naval base, Gibraltar is a popular port for cruise ships where tourism also is a significant industry. A favorite shopping destination for visitors since all goods and services are VAT free, Gibraltar is accessible by scheduled flight services from many major European cities. Approachable by car and bus services to/from Spain, ferry services also ply between Gibraltar-Algeciras in Spain, and Gibraltar-Morocco.