Well known as “The Rock” among international travellers and ‘Gib’ among its local residents, Gibraltar is a very popular Mediterranean holiday destination. Among the last few remaining British Overseas Territories, Gibraltar still has a strong British naval presence. The country is famous for its duty-free shopping with no VAT charges. This makes it a magnet for shoppers from across Europe. The country is a popular destination for couples planning to tie the knot. John Lennon and Yoko Ono also got married in Gibraltar in 1969. From its world famous Rock of Gibraltar, the most famous symbol of the country to its Barbary Macaques (the only European native primate population), there is plenty to see and enjoy in the country.
Best time to travel to Gibraltar
The country enjoys a Mediterranean type of climate with sultry, dry summers and mild rainy winters. The best time of the year to visit Gibraltar is in spring or autumns when despite warm temperatures it is comfortable.
Culture: Gibraltar is a melting pot in terms of cultures with a blend of British, Spanish and North African cultures, which give it a unique and distinctive character. This reflects in the arts, culture, food and customs of the country. Most people speak English, Spanish and a unique blend of Spanish, English, Portuguese and Italian known as ‘Llanito’.
Accommodation: There is a wide variety of accommodation options despite the limited size of the nation. Those looking to spend a relaxed holiday and searching for a hotel with a spa in Gibraltar will find some great options. The Caleta Hotel Gibraltar offers top-notch luxury accommodation with world class spa facilities and located in the picturesque Catalan Bay area. Ideal for families and business travellers alike, there also are some great discounts and special offers available at different times of the year.
Food & Drink: Dining in Gibraltar is reminiscent of England. There are plenty of fine restaurants in Gibraltar, which serve classic English breakfasts, meat pies, stews and fish and chips. The culinary fare is of course not just limited to British favourites, as there plenty of trendy restaurants serving some of the best international cuisines. If you want to try a local delicacy Calentita is the dish. Similar to baked bread, it’s prepared from chickpea flour, olive oil, seasoning and water.
Currency: The British Pound and the Gibraltar Pound are the most popular currencies in use. Some establishments also accept Euros. Just remember to exchange any leftover Gibraltar Pounds as they are not legal tender anywhere else.
Travel to Gibraltar: There are daily flights from London and a few other cities in the UK. In Spain Jerez and Malaga, airports offer flights to the country. There also is a regular bus service from Spain to Gibraltar. Several international cruise liners also travel to the country. If you are travelling by car it is best to park in the border town of La Linea and cross the border on foot.
Get around: Taxis are plentiful, with buses as well operating across the country. It is best to explore the downtown area on foot as most attractions close to each other. There is the cable car to reach the summit of the Rock.