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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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Saskatoon, Canada
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62 reviews 62 reviews
22 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 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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74 reviews 74 reviews
14 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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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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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22 reviews 22 reviews
11 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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
20 reviews 20 reviews
14 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 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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Chichester, United Kingdom
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41 reviews 41 reviews
29 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

Great to see the apes and get up really close to them. Some with their babies. Not to feed them though as it's £4,000 fine. They are great characters.

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Leamington Spa, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

The apes had got a few babies with them when we visited so we couldn't get too close but they were so cute to watch. It's a must see

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Manchester, United Kingdom
12 reviews 12 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

Bit disappointing as there was only one ape and apparently hes always here. I think they are building some pools etc for them to try and attract more to this area. I did see plenty more in other places on the rock.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

No more monkeys that on the rest of the Rock. If you pass it take a look but as stated not worth a possible detour if you're on the Rock.

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54 reviews 54 reviews
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

The apes were quite an experience. They congregate on both sides of the narrow road that takes you to their favorite place to hang out. Our driver warned us not to wear any jewelry at all as they are clever and love shiny stuff. They seem to have no fear of people and lots of people walked among the apes... More

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