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Apes Den, Gibraltar

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See the Rock's most famous inhabitants, Barbary macaques, at Apes Den. This small population of the only free-roaming primates in Europe came from North Africa long before the British did. Still, somehow a popular local legend has it that these two groups, if they ever leave, will leave together. These tailless monkeys (not apes) like to interact with humans, although they can be dangerous if irritated or scared. Used to being fed by people, the monkeys will use any opportunity to snatch food from your hands or open bags, so keep your belongings close. Before you head to Gibraltar, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Gibraltar route builder website , to make sure you see all that Gibraltar has to offer, including Apes Den.
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  • Yes, it's a special place, which is necessary to visit Gibraltar-Gibraltar itself is mandatory for those caught in the South of the Pyrenees. But you have to keep in mind a couple of things. 1) on the car there, on top of a cliff, not zaedesh, it is necessary to type the swimmer won a bus or ropeway; 2) very kanatku hard to find, the Navigator does not understand where she had to ask local; 3) cable free (!) parking places were, but when we have already descended on cable-Kara, saw that on our car mesh shoe-ran to understand: once a week, on Wednesday, parking lot cleaning, and it's the type everybody knows: a fine 50 pounds. Thank God, came some parking boss, saw rolling Spanish room and let it free-no ads on housekeeping really was nowhere, in any language! Ambush.
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  • A bit expensive to mount funicular but the view from the top is worth! The monkeys are not shy so easily approachable. Attention all the same with children, monkeys are a little thief and can be slightly aggressive if we try to stop them from taking their loot.
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  • Closed when we arrived no macaques to be seen. Very disappointing. Something in nothing would not visit again or tecommend  more »
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  • One of a kind experience. I would do it again. The best time to visit is early morning (first cable car ride), as the monkeys would be having breakfast and that is a scene you don't want to miss. Priceless. A 6 minute ride with the cable car takes you directly to the Apes Den where famous Gibraltarian monkeys live. 18£ ride is worth every penny as the monkeys, The Barbary Macaques, are very lovely and used to people. Try not to make contact to the babies if they don't approach you because mothers tend to be overprotective and attack. Keep the sun glasses off as they might steal them and do not bring anything in plastic bags as they associate them with food. It is an offence to feed them. Highly recommended.
  • Great experience. Getting so close to these stunning apes. Only thing that ruins it is stupid people feeding them sweets and the taxi drivers encouraging it.
  • The Apes Den is a location part of the way up the Rock of Gibraltar where the Barbary Apes tend to hang out. You have to love the apes as they split their time between basking in the sun, and stealing food from unsuspecting tourists. You should never feed them as they are wild animals so pay attention if you're eating a snack (better still don't eat anything near them) - they are very good at surprising people so that they drop whatever they're eating and the apes can then grab it. Great views over the sea from the Den as well.
  • Careful with the monkeys here. It can get nasty. Keep your eyes on them don't let them out of your sight.
  • Great place to see the apes after walking across the new Windsor suspension bridge.
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