Melissa McDonald, City Break Specialist

"Just 20 miles north of Africa, the unique peninsula of Gibraltar offers a variety of quirky and stunning sites. At the heart of its famous Rock lie more than 150 caves, many of which can be explored. Above ground, find out more about the peninsula’s past at the Gibraltar Museum or climb the Mediterranean Steps, part of the Upper Rock Nature Preserve, for picturesque views over the straits and beyond."

Gibraltar at a glance

Gibraltar, or The Rock as it is often called, is a British territory on the southern tip of the Iberian peninsula. Steeped in history and offering astonishing scenery, it’s a unique holiday destination for sun, sea and a historic blend of cultures.

First inhabited by the Phoenicians, Gibraltar was once thought to be the end of the world, beyond which merchants were warned to not venture. The small territory, measuring only 5.8 sq. km (2 ¼ sq. miles) has survived a succession of ruling nations, including the Romans, Moors, and Anglo-Spanish, to become a distinctive destination with multi-cultural influence and two official languages – English and Spanish.

Known as the gateway to the Mediterranean, Gibraltar is part of a popular Greek myth that claims it is one of the Pillars of Hercules. It’s Rock, rising 424 metres above the sea, dominates the horizon on the strait between Spain and Morocco and is famed for its population of Barbary Macaques, the only wild monkeys found in Europe.

Perfect if you’re looking for:

  • A weekend short break
  • Picturesque setting

Getting around

Gibraltar has a public bus network that operates a number of different routes on the island.

A cable car operates from the city centre to the top of the Rock, offering spectacular views and an up close glimpse of the famous Barbary Macaques.

Shopping

A variety of British and internationally recognized shops can be found on the pedestrianized Main Street where expats often flock to stock up on British comforts.

At the end of Main Street is Casemate Square, known for its shops selling hand crafted Gibraltar Crystal and its display centre where you can see how the crystal is made.

Gibraltar is a VAT free jurisdiction, offering good value for money.

Dining in Gibraltar

The cuisine of the Gibraltarians is a reflection of their cultural relationship with Andalusian Spaniards and the British, creating a Mediterranean marriage of tastes and dishes.

Must-try local dishes:

  • Rosto – a pasta dish made up of penne in a tomato sauce with beef or pork, mushrooms and carrots
  • Calentita – a pancake like bread made of chickpea flour, water, olive oil, salt and pepper
  • Bollo de hornasso – a sweet, dry bread made with flour, sugar, eggs, butter and aniseed usually eaten around Christmas

Get your tailor-made city break itinerary

Osprey Holidays can create a fabulous short break to Gibraltar designed completely around your needs. We can arrange whatever you need, including:

  • All travel and transfers on days of your choice
  • Accommodation from our handpicked range of Gibraltar hotels, to suit your budget and requirements

Our award-winning team can provide expert advice and recommendations, from general questions to tiny details. Contact us now for your tailor-made itinerary.

Important information
Population 30,000
Languages English
Currency Pounds Sterling
Visa Information No visa required for EU citizens
Average temperatures

(monthly highs °C)

Interesting facts

Make sure you visit St Michael's Cave to see a breathtaking illustration of what water and time can do to limestone!

Distance from airports
Gibraltar International Airport 1 km

Things to do in Gibraltar

  • The Rock of Gibraltar: Gibraltar’s most famous landmark - take a ride up by cable car for stunning views or to see the Barbary apes.
  • Trafalgar Cemetery: Well preserved graveyard featuring gravestones from some who died in the battle of Trafalgar - a peaceful haven in the city.
  • Gibraltar Museum: Museum charting the history of Gibraltar
  • Alameda Botanic Gardens: Quiet and tranquil landscaped gardens with a variety of flowers, plants, birds and insects. Well worth a visit.