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.
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. Its Rock, rising a dramatic 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.
Unique in every way, Gibraltar oozes Britishness, offering comforting pub grub and afternoon tea along with delicious Spanish cuisine. For breathtaking views and wild monkey spotting, take a ride up The Rock by cable car, which is highly recommended. If you want to escape the hustle and bustle then visit the Alameda Botanic Gardens for picturesque scenes of lush greenery dotted with pretty flowers.
Perfect if you’re looking for:
- Sun and sea
- Culture and history
- Picturesque setting
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.
A variety of British and internationally recognised shops can be found on the pedestrianised 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
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- Interesting facts
Make sure you visit St Michael's Cave to see a breathtaking illustration of what water and time can do to limestone!
- Featured accommodation
- Distance from airports
Gibraltar International Airport 1 km