If you’re into serious social distancing, we have the perfect destination - a top-secret chamber shrouded in myth and recently rediscovered in the labyrinth of tunnels deep inside The Rock of Gibraltar.
With only 30 people a year allowed to visit, the Stay Behind Cave offers unique appeal: it is where six brave British spies agreed to live secretly for seven years under enemy rule during World War II under Operation Tracer. They were even prepared to offer the ultimate sacrifice and be sealed in cement there if they died while defending their country.
Their job was to monitor Gibraltar’s air and sea traffic and radio intelligence back to the UK, while hiding deep within The Rock. As well as food supplies to last up to seven years, cavers unearthed a secret radio communications chamber. It had space for two radio operators, a doctor, an officer and a signalman. Ingeniously, it also had a cork floor to muffle sound. The remains of a bicycle were also found - used to generate electricity for the radio and a ventilation fan.
The Stay Behind Cave takes quarantine to a whole new level.