Gibraltar with its wonderful beaches practically year-round sunshine, impressive architecture, duty-free shopping and numerous attractions is the perfect winter holiday destination to visit. Visitors can choose to fly or travel by ferry to the country, with daily flights from the airports of London and ferry services from Morocco and Algeciras in Spain.
For those wishing to travel from land, there are day trips organised from Spain into Gibraltar. There are several hotels near Gibraltar, where visitors can stay and travel to spend the day in Gibraltar.
If you want an authentic Gibraltar experience, it is best to stay in Gibraltar. One of the best luxury hotels in town is the Caleta Hotel, Gibraltar, central in a location with great amenities and very affordable prices.
Some of the things to be aware of when visiting Gibraltar or even relocating to the place are:
It has a strong British influence: Gibraltar is one among the 14 overseas territories under the sovereignty of Great Britain. This has led to being a political stalemate with the Spanish, who claim it to be part of mainland Spain. However, the local Gibraltarians are very pro-British and happy to stay under British jurisdiction, as evident from the referendum held in the country. Culturally there is a very dominant British influence found in the country. You will find a number of places showing a strong British influence like high street stores like Marks & Spencer, fish and chip stalls, red postal boxes etc. However, for administration, the country has its own political autonomy with laws that are independent of the United Kingdom.
It is tiny in size: The country is just around 2.6 sq miles with a substantial portion of the country occupied by the Rock of Gibraltar. It has a little over 30,000 people that from its population but surprisingly has a very vast density per sq km, which makes it feel a bit cramped. A vast majority of its residents live in apartments at the foot of the rock. A large number of expats do not stay in Gibraltar but instead stay in the Costa de Sol and commute every day to the country to work.
Three spoken languages: While English is the main language a sizeable chunk of the population speaks Spanish with a third Llanito that is a combination of English and Spanish.
Currency: The denomination of currency used in Gibraltar is primarily the British pound. This is of two types the Gibraltar pound and UK pound sterling. Both can be used across the country. The flipside is that the Gibraltar pounds are not legal tender in the UK, so it must be converted before you leave the place. Euros are accepted in some establishments with a not too attractive exchange rate. Although, you might keep some Euros aside to spend in Spain!
Livings expenses: While the country is among the wealthiest in the world, it is rather expensive. The cost of property is way higher than that in Spain and even daily items cost much more. The good thing is that the place is tax-friendly with no VAT and reasonable income and commercial taxes.