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FonnflyGib – GET THE OVERVIEW OF MOST SIGHTSEEING SITES IN GIBRALTAR FROM THE AIR
FonnaflyGib offers the newest and probably the best attraction in Gibraltar. Especially if you are staying for the day only. From the helicopter you just simply see the Rock from the air. However, but also see many of the actual sightseeing attractions from a distance. An efficient way to start a visit in Gibraltar. Later you may then explore in detail on ground after landing . Check our Add-Ons with a selection of combination packages.
The FonnaflyGib tour Gibraltar Rock flights departs from the airport main terminal . First Hovering towards the eastern part of the runway. Then you get a good view of the steepest side of the rock on the right side The Spanish city of La Linea on the other side. You will clearly see the tunnel openings in the wall . This is where cannons defended the Rock during the great siege. The runway itself is built with masses taken from inside the Rock.
Reclaimed land on east side of the Rock
When airborne the helicopter makes a right turn and the first interesting view. The works along the shoreline. This is part of a land reclamation project. The objective is to exploit the territorial rights of Gibraltar to useful land.
Next is the village of Catalan Bay. Its characteristic with multi color houses with Italian names. Populated by Italian fishermen from Genova in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. The Genoese language was widely spoken at the time.
The Dunes and the old Water Catchment area
Above the Catalan bay you will catch a view of the original water catchment construction. This provided Gibraltar with freshwater for a very long time. Its an engineering masterpiece. Chutes , tunnels and deposits inside the Rock. Visible best from a helicopter. The characteristic slope is made of a very old sand dune. Dated thousands of years ago. Originally from the savanna land below. Then the sea was considerably lower.
Off Port Limits
Following the shoreline you cannot miss all the ships anchored at the Off Port . The area is used for delivery of bunker. Provisions and supplies by launch vessels from Gibraltar Port.
Next attraction coming up are the highly visible entries to the Gorhams Cave. A UNESCO World Heritage site. The only one in Gibraltar. First inhabited about 55.000 years ago. The last known habitat of the Neanderthals.
In the next moment the helicopter is passing Europa Point. You also see Trinity Light house. The only lighthouse operated by Trinity House outside England. On the same plateau you find the new university of Gibraltar. A sports arena under construction and the mosque. This is financed by King Fahd of Saudi Arabia .
The Strait of Gibraltar
At this point of the flight the view of The Strait is unfolding. You may clearly see Africa. The Spanish city of Ceuta and the mountains behind as well. Together this forms the Pillars of Hercules. This is known from ancient greec history. The guardians to the Mediterranean. You will see two continents.. They are three countries and two world oceans at the same time .( weather dependent ). At this point you can detect shoals of dolphins. Even whales during certain times of the year.
The Port and , Town and Ocean Village
Turning northbound you will notice a water fall coming out of a hole in the rock. High above sea level. This is result of waste water from desalination. Where salt water is turned into drinking water. Proceeding on the west side of the Rock you will see Algeciras city. The Bay to the left and the populated area of Gibraltar on the right hand side.
The public beach Camp Bay appears. Camp bay is a rocky beach within the Southern Waters of Gibraltar. It is a Special Area of Conservation. An EU protected marine reserve. Very popular by local bathers. The beach is also very popular diving and snorkeling area. Its the home to one of Europe’s first artificial reefs.
Proceeding northbound the town appears behind the Gibraltar Port. From the helicopter you will notice a strange zigzag construction. It i s running from just above the town and all the way up to the top of the Rock. This is a defense wall built in 1540. Meant to protect Gibraltar from attacking Barbary Pirates .
Gibraltar Land Reclamation
We are finally passing the cruise port terminals. It is a very good view where “Old” and “New” Gibraltar meet. The difference is noticeable. Moorish castle and the old defense bastions encompasses the old city. The newer developments are very noticeable. Expanding outwards in the Algeciras Bay. The reclamation areas are land reclaimed from the sea. All within Gibraltar territorial waters.