Europa Point – Gibraltar

So it has been a little while since I last went to Europa Point. So a few days back I dragged (I didn’t drag him really, we were out for a walk) Dad down there. A memorial commemorating the death of General Sikorski who died just off the coast has been moved there. This memorial was situated on Devils Tower Road before, and is now far more accessible to the public, and I think it is a far nicer location than where it once was. It isn’t just the memorial that sits there, there is also a marble stand detailing the sacrifices made by Poland during WW2. I have to say I was quite shocked by the number of people who lost their lives from Poland alone. Which probably sounds naive, but I had no idea that Poland lost 20% of its population. The memorial is signed in both English and Polish.

Also ‘new’ to Europa Point is the restored Hardings Battery. It once more has a huge gun mounted there, and the underneath of the gun is open for people to walk around and learn about the history of Gibraltar and the Battery. It is really lovely inside, with light boards detailing the history and some really interesting facts about the nature of Gibraltar. And there are detailed descriptions of how the project was started and how the gun / battery was restored.

One of my favourite things about Europa Point is the amazing view across the Strait to Morocco, it never ceases to take my breath away. It was kind of misty when we went, but none the less impressive. The sea was so clear on our visit, that we saw an enormous shoal of fish. And some very fortunate people out and about on their yacht and we saw the sea police. Yes that is their real name. Haha. All told it was a lovely way to while away an hour or two.

If you want to visit Europa Point, the easiest way to do so is by bus. The number 2 bus is the only one that stops at Europa Point, and has multiple stops across Gibraltar. Or you can walk. But a bus is far easier! Also worth noting is the little cafe, that is based there now, very handy for beverages in this hot weather! Or shelter when it is very windy!

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