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Apes Den

Near the Wall of Charles V, Gibraltar
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Ranked #8 of 29 attractions in Gibraltar
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Nature/ Wildlife Areas
Traveler Description: Possibly the most popular attraction on the Rock the Apes Den is well worth a visit. The only native breed of monkey left in Europe they are a... more »
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Doncaster, United Kingdom
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67 reviews 67 reviews
37 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

These amazing creatures are so full of fun and were climbing all over our bus - visited from cruise ship Azura on way to the WW2 Tunnels. Short stop but so worth it - the babies were too cute!!

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Goulburn
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86 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

The monkeys lay around and appear to be docile, but if you add food they come to life and nothing will get in their way of food. Plastic bags are associated with food so even the sound of rustling bags will get them excited. They are inquisitive, protective and fun to be around but don't forget they are untamed animals

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Geiselberg, Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany
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46 reviews 46 reviews
37 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

Our tour guide Paul told us if they 'blow' at you, they are threatening you or telling you to back off. Beware. Other wise we found them simply fascinating and everywhere. They are free!!! Free to climb and live without being caged. We didn't see 'a Den' per say but we saw many apes. Paul, our driver, said there are... More

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Altea, Spain
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28 reviews 28 reviews
4 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

The monkeys are always having a 'bit of a lark' with the tourists, but watch your valuables. A great day out and a must for any visitor.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

The monkeys aren't phased at all by the number of adults wandering around the reserve. Keep an eye on your bags and don't bring up a plastic bags or food - they will take it right off you.

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Saskatoon, Canada
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63 reviews 63 reviews
22 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

For me, being an animal lover, this was the highlight while visiting the Rock. The apes are really cute and have an abundance of personality. However, one must remember, they are wild animals and can be very, very crafty. Make sure to mind your food and personal belongings while in their presence.

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Bath, United Kingdom
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

Part of our walk around the rock, but there were no apes to be seen. Glad I wasn't looking forward to seeing them.

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NJ
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40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

We knew about the apes in advance but didnt know how friendly or "in your face" they can be. Our guide seemed to know most of them and they welcomed him like an old friend. They aren't shy at all - some plopped themselves on his head while others climbed all over the van. One hopped in and perched himself... More

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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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23 reviews 23 reviews
11 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

The apes who inhabit the rock at the top are usually quite entertaining. However, when we were up there in late May of this year there was a family of 5 who came up on the same cable car. Dad was spouting off about how the apes were like pets and wouldn't bite you. Immediately he and the rest of... More

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Adelaide, Australia
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21 reviews 21 reviews
15 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

This is basically a must for anyone visiting Gibraltar. Taxis and buses are constantly moving through slowly but does not really detract from the experience. The monkeys are tame enough to sit on the roof a vehicle as it slowly makes its way up. Fantastic photo opportunities with monkeys in foreground and panoramic views of Spain and Morocco in the... More

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