Dolphin & Whale Watching in the Strait of Gibraltar

We loved shooting this video: the sheer life force and physical power of the dolphins and the grace and presence of the whales was a sight to behold! Many people were so taken by the sight of these mammals in the wild, that the energy on the boat was one of sheer delight and happiness. Definitely a bucket-list thing to do, we can’t recommend this incredible experience highly enough. The work that ‘firmm’ (Foundation for Information of Marine Mammals) does is incredible too, and so is their charismatic founder, Katharina Heyer from Switzerland. Looking for a present for someone special, whether it’s Christmas, birthdays or any special occasion really? Adopt a mammal in the Strait of Gibraltar, is what we say, and be part of this wonderful undertaking of protecting these special animals in the wild! Watch the video now to convince yourself…

Best Things to do in Gibraltar

Bordered to the north by Spain, Gibraltar always has been and always will be a beautiful
place to visit. Coined ‘Britain in the Sun’ by English TV, the scenery and atmosphere help
create a country that once you have been, you will immediately want to book your next trip
there, the impression of this rock nation is that great! However, over time, many additional
activities have been created and discovered to enhance your Gibraltar experience to the
best it could possibly be. Ta-Dah TV looks at just a few of the life-changing activities
Gibraltar has to offer.

Dolphin and Whale Watching

Out of all of the attractions on the Rock, dolphin and whale watching has become
immensely popular, and insists on growing in popularity every year. Gibraltar has become
famous all over the world for its ever-present population of wild and free dolphins, and
seasonal whales. There are four famous types of dolphin who live here, primarily the
Common Dolphin, Bottle-nose Dolphin, Striped Dolphin and Pilot Whales. It is also possible
to see Orcas, Fin Whales and Sperm Whales. These amazing creatures come to the Bay and
the Strait of Gibraltar for food and to breed. Taking a guided boat trip aimed at dolphin and
whale watching from Gibraltar will not only give you guarantee of seeing these amazing
creatures up close in their natural habitat, but also provide you with outstanding views of
the Rock of Gibraltar, the Spanish coastline and North Africa.

Apes Den

This amazing attraction is located on Gibraltar Rock. The best way to get up is by cable car
where you are able to see a variety of monkeys. If you are hoping to explore St Michael’s
Cave, then it is merely a short walk to Apes Den. The monkeys at Apes Den are well known
for their curiosity and for being very engaging. The troop living here is called the Queen’s
Gate group. They can sometimes appear extremely tame, permitting people to get very
close to them, even climbing onto the happy tourists. It is, of course, advisory to be cautious
when this happens, as they are still wild animals and can bite or cause hurt if they are
frightened or provoked. The cheeky monkeys will take almost every opportunity to steal
food from your bags, or even snatch it right out of your hands. Although you must be
cautious here, it is important to make sure you take in the beautiful views Gibraltar has to
offer.

Gibraltar Calling Music Festival

The Gibraltar Music Festival is another massive highlight in September, if you’re into pop,
rock, dance and EDM (main stage), as well as Disco, funk and even SKA (classics stage). The
festival is only a few years young, but regularly attracts music lovers from the
Mediterranean Costa del Sol and the Costa de la Luz on the Atlantic coast, all the way up to
Seville in Spain. When MTV came on board, the 2-day festival changed name slightly, now
known as the Gibraltar Calling Music Festival. It always takes place around Gibraltar’s
National Day (10 th of September), and TA-DAH.TV have filmed there too, catching the crazy
vibe when this party nation welcomes the world onto the Rock. They really know how to

throw a late summer festival, getting huge bands and acts to perform, with festival goers
wanting to catch the last sunny rays in Europe. Check it out in the channel’s MUSIC section
to dance along.

Saint Michael’s Cave and lower Saint Michael’s Cave

Saint Michael’s Cave is a network of caves made of limestone, which are found deep down
in the Rock of Gibraltar. Located on what is called the Upper Rock, the cave sits at a height
of over 300 metres above sea level. The main cave has been converted into an incredible
auditorium, offering a completely unique acoustic experience, and is home to concerts and
events on a regular basis. TA-DAH.TV have filmed there when the world-famous guitarist
José Feliciano played a stunning Christmas concert in the cave as part of the Gibraltar Jazz
Festival. Claudia Peifer had exclusive access to the legendary jazz-guitarist on the night for
an interview. Find the programme in our Art & Culture section and scroll down to the
EVENTS – EUROPE column.

As well as the main cave, there is also Lower Michael’s Cave. The Lower Saint Michael’s Cave
is an amazing discovery, found in World War 2, whilst Royal Engineers were blasting out a
new entrance to the lower chambers of the cave. The thing that makes the lower cave so
unique is the fact that it is home to many of the known speleological formations.
Stalagmites, stalactites, rim stone, helictites, columns, coral rocks, flowstone, straws and
curtains are merely a few of the outstanding cave formations.

Scuba Diving

Located at the opening of one of the world’s most intriguing natural crossroads, you will
have the pleasure of finding a spectacular home to diverse marine life. Boasting beautiful
reefs and more than 35 wrecks, the coastline of Gibraltar has become a diver’s paradise.
Rays, octopus, moray eels, cuttlefish, schools of boxfish, pipefish, sunfish, bass, mullets,
damselfish and anthias, to name merely a few, will make your dive in Gibraltar a truly
unforgettable experience. Various diving schools allow you to try out your newly loved
sport, give you on site lessons, and allow you to prosper into a position in which you can
safely dive the wrecks of Gibraltar. Offering equipment rental so complete, all you need to
bring with you is a smile!

The above activities are only a small selection of the vast array of terrific tasks and things
you can experience whilst visiting the beautiful Gibraltar. So, come along and take a look at
the beautiful views and indulge in everything this country has to offer. We know you want
to!

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