Gibraltar is one of Britain’s few remaining overseas territories since its capture after the War of Spanish Succession in 1713. Located at the southern tip of the Iberian Peninsula, The Rock of Gibraltar dominates the landscape and shares a narrow land border with Spain. Just four square kilometres in size, Gibraltar is chock-full of tourist attractions worth exploring on a trip to the country.
Despite its tiny size, when it comes to accommodation Gibraltar punches above its weight. There is a diverse selection of hotels catering to all types of travellers.
The Caleta Hotel in Gibraltar offers luxurious and spacious rooms with a host of amenities, at a very attractive price. The perfect place to set up base on a trip to Gibraltar!
Popular attractions to visit in Gibraltar are:
Europa Point: Located at the tip of the peninsula, Europa Point is home to some of the top attractions. These include the Mosque of the Custodian, the Shrine of Our Lady of Europe and a 19th-century lighthouse. The area has undergone substantial development and is the location of Nun’s Well (an underground water reservoir) and Harding Battery (a military fortification). Other newer attractions include the Sikorski Memorial and the sole cricket ground in Gibraltar. Visitors get to enjoy breathtaking views overlooking the African Coast and Algeciras Bay.
Highest Point: One of the top attractions for tourists in Gibraltar is its Highest Point, an impressive 425 metres tall. It is also the location for O’Hara’s Battery. Built in 1890, it was to serve as an artillery post to fortify the island. However, it failed in its purpose and earned the nickname ‘O’Hara’s Folly’. Visitors can see the artillery piece on display and also enjoy the fantastic views from the vantage point. Getting to the top is a challenge, as visitors need to slog to ascend a steep staircase that takes them to the summit. An easier alternative is to board the Gibraltar cable car.
Gibraltar Nature Reserve: A wonderful spot for birdwatchers and nature lovers to see the millions of birds that make a stopover in the reserve, en route on their migratory trip to Europe. The reserve also offers scintillating views and covers more than 40% of the island country. It is home to some of the major attractions like Forbes Quarry, St. Michael’s Cave etc. There is a unique collection of fauna and flora and several military installations used to defend the island. This includes the exhibits of the history of Gibraltar at the Heritage Centre, located at Princess Caroline’s Battery and the Magdala Battery, which houses a gigantic 100-ton gun.
Casemates Square: The biggest square lies in the centre of the old city, at the end of Main Street. Home to many restaurants, shops and cafes, it is popular with visitors and locals alike. Several public events take place in the area like the Calentita Food Festival, National Day festivities and musical concerts. Prominent landmarks nearby include the Anglican Cathedral, the Governor’s Residence and Cathedral of St. Mary the Crowned.