Gibraltar, or “The Rock”, shares a border with Spain, yet is actually an overseas territory of the UK. Considered a home away from home for many British holiday makers, there’s much more to Gibraltar than a taste of England in a Mediterranean climate. Many people use Gibraltar as a base for their holiday and then cross the border to explore parts of southern Spain, as the western beaches of the Costa del Sol are not so far away. There’s a mixed and interesting local history that simply begs to be discovered, as well as the interesting Palladian architecture that make an interesting change from Spain’s usual sugar-cubed towns. And of course, the awe-inspiring Rock of Gibraltar dominates the landscape, stretching 426 metres high. Overall there’s a unique blend of English and Spanish here, and you’ll find that many locals are bilingual. Gibraltar boasts 320 days of sunshine a year with temperatures ranging well into the 30s over the summer months. The winter brings wetter weather but the temperature remains fairly mild.
Gibraltar isn’t particularly big, and many holidaymakers choose to drive up into Spain to visit the Costa del Sol. This part of the country is pretty rural, so a comfortable car is recommended.
Driving in Gibraltar
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Important things to note
Crime levels are generally very low, although you should take precaution when walking between La Linea (located in Spain) and Gibraltar at night.
Many locals speak fluent Spanish and English, so you should encounter very few language barriers during your stay.
It’s a common occurrence for drivers to experience delays when entering Spain from Gibraltar and vice versa due to increased customs and police checks on the Spanish border.
While the Barbary macaques are friendly apes, they are wild animals and will bite. It’s advisable not to feed them as this is illegal.
Highlights & Hotspots
Take a trip to Upper Rock Nature Reserve where you’ll encounter the Barbary macaques that inhabit the area. These rare apes are the only wild primates in Europe and while friendly and charming, they’ll still pinch your camera (or anything else they can get their hands on). Whilst in the reserve, you can also visit many other places included St Michael’s Cave, the Apes’ Den and the Moorish castle.
Taking up 43 miles of the rock are the fascinating Great Siege Tunnels which were excavated during The Great Siege between 1779 and 1783. These tunnels later came to connect with a new network of tunnels created between 1939 and 1944 during WWII. Take a fascinating tour through the tunnels and learn the amazing history behind them.
For those seeking a more peaceful and tranquil day out, trip to the Alameda Gardens and Wildlife Park will open your eyes to the lush greenery and picturesque gardens away from the hustle and bustle of the traffic and city.
If all you’re after is the opportunity to relax and soak up the sun, then there are six beaches to choose from, four of which are pure sandy beaches close to a variety of waterfront restaurants, cafes and bars.
Gibraltar International Airport is located just over a mile from Gibraltar and is currently accessible via Line Wall Road and Winston Churchill Avenue.