Gibraltar has had a chequered history and holds a strategic position at the entrance to the Mediterranean Sea. It is connected to Spain by a sand spit. There are direct flights here from the UK as well as a ferry to Morocco. It is a small and friendly place with a British flavour. The area is rich in plant and animal life, including the famous 'Rock Apes' and large marine animals including whales and dolphins that populate the bay of Gibraltar. Also for the tourist to enjoy there are botanical gardens, city walls to explore, museums and a glamorous casino as well as reputedly some of the best shopping in the Western Mediterranean.