Gibraltar: where it is, when to go and what to see

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Joel Fulleda

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Gibraltar is a spit of Andalusian land, a stone's throw from Africa, but who has very little Spanish and, on the other hand, so much English, from the red phone box to the left-hand drive.
Gibraltar is in fact a British colony on the Iberian Peninsula. It is also called The Rock for the large limestone formation that characterizes the landscape, it was once called Calpe, and was considered one of the Pillars of Hercules.
It is also known for its mischievous Barbary apes which represent the only wild monkey population in Europe.
This strip of land with an alienating charm it is the perfect observation point to see how the Mediterranean becomes the oceanEtc.

Here is a driving on Gibraltar, a place divided halfway between the British and Iberian soul.


  1. Travel informed: useful information
  2. Where it is
  3. When to go? Info on climate and best time
  4. 10 things to see: the places of interest in Gibraltar
  5. What to do in Gibraltar: excursions and tours
  6. How much does a holiday in Gibraltar cost? Prices, offers and advice
  7. User questions and comments

Travel informed: useful information

  • Inhabitants: 34.571
  • Capital: Gibraltar
  • Languages: English official language. The Gibraltarians use Llanito, a mixture of Andalusian and English dialects with many linguistic influences brought from the Ligurian; Spanish is also widely used. Arabic spoken by a minority
  • Local currency: Gibraltar Pound (€ 1,00 = 0,90 GIP) and British Pound (€ 1,00 = £ 0,87)
  • Weather: temperate Mediterranean, with mild, rainy winters and hot, dry summers. Frequent wind and precipitation in autumn - winter
  • Entry requirements: passport or identity card valid for expatriation
  • Travel / health insurance: recommended.

    Where it is

    Gibraltar is an English dependency located in southern Spain, on the strait of the same name that gives access to the Mediterranean. Over the centuries it has been a strategic stronghold occupied by various peoples (Phoenicians, Carthaginians and Romans), the landscape is dominated by the characteristic Rocca (the Peñón in Spanish)
    The promontory of Gibraltar is 6 km long and has a width between 400 and 1.200 meters, consists of a limestone mass with steep sheer walls in the northern and eastern part, while it slopes more gently to the west, where the center rises. inhabited area of ​​Gibraltar.
    The Rocca has a maximum elevation of 426 meters, from its summit you can easily see the African continent, which is about 23 km from the southern tip of the peninsula (and only 12 km in the narrowest part of the strait).

    How to reach us

    • From the main European capitals: British Airways and EasyJet operate direct flights to Gibraltar from major UK cities. Flight of 2 hours and 50 minutes

    When to go? Info on climate and best time

    • Weather: Mediterranean, with mild, rainy winters and hot, sunny summers. However, due to its position on the strait and the fortress (426 meters high), it has a particular microclimate, humid and windy. Precipitation amounts to almost 800 mm per year with a Mediterranean trend (from November to March). The wind blows frequently and the average sea temperature is around 20 ° C (max 22 ° C in July)
    • Best time: late spring, from mid-April to mid-June for excursions and walks. For beach life from June to mid-September
    • Period to avoid: from December to February the temperatures are mild but wind and rain are not rare phenomena. The rains, especially in recent years, are particularly strong and frequent
    • Advice: it is advisable to bring a sweatshirt or sweater even in summer for cool and windy evenings

    10 things to see: the places of interest in Gibraltar

    1. Rock of Gibraltar: large rock formation, symbol of Gibraltar. Fascinating place from which to admire suggestive landscapes and which houses a surprising nature reserve where you can observe many species of birds and the iconic monkeys.
    2. Saint Michael's Cave: splendid natural cave, today used for concerts and events. Through a guided tour it is also possible to visit the lower part of the cave which, from room to room, leads to a beautiful underground lake.
    3. Moorish castle: fortress whose interiors can be visited; the Tower of Homage was recently rebuilt and has its British flag.
    4. Great Siege Tunnels: a series of artificial tunnels for defensive purposes excavated between 1779 and 1782 in order to protect the city from attacks by the Spanish and French troops who wanted to take back the fortress.
    5. Jews' Cemetery Battery: the ancient Jewish cemetery of Gibraltar.
    6. Main Street: main street of the center that tries to emulate, in all respects, the English atmosphere. Style, architecture, shops and clubs are in perfect British style, complete with soldiers in English uniforms and red phone boxes.
    7. Gibraltar Museum: it hosts two splendid Moorish baths, a mummy recovered on the bay, a section on the geology of the fortress, ancient artifacts, rooms dedicated to natural history and paths that illustrate the English military domination.
    8. Punta Europa: the apex of the peninsula in the part that "tightens the strait". Here you will find a mosque, a memorial to the Polish general Władysław Sikorski, a lighthouse and excellent observation points for dolphin watching.
    9. Catalan Bay: the last beach of the Mediterranean located in correspondence with a small fishing village. It is surrounded by colorful houses which make it particularly picturesque.
    10. Alameda Gardens and Trafalgar Cemetery: lush park next to the cemetery where the fallen during the famous battle of Trafalgar in 1805 are buried.

    What to do in Gibraltar: excursions and tours

    How much does a holiday in Gibraltar cost? Prices, offers and advice

    Gibraltar can be considered a destination on average expensive, like most of the Italian and European destinations.

    Low-cost flights are difficult to find and, in any case, they are not really low-cost. Even just for the fact that it is always necessary to make a stopover and therefore the journey, as well as long (at least 6/8 hours) is around figures starting from € 200,00.
    Hotels and accommodation facilities are not cheap, quite the contrary. A double room in a good hotel (without seeking luxury) starts at € 120,00 / 130,00 per night.
    Un good compromise are the flight + hotel packages, starting from € 620,00 in August.

    The best time from an economic point of view is March, but the weather is not exactly favorable ...
    A good solution is to opt for June: the climate is already ok without reaching the peaks of the high season for spending.

    Renting a car for a week costs from € 170,00 and organized excursions to destinations such as Seville and Tangier are around € 100,00.

    For food you can find everything from very British Style Fish & Chips cafes (€ 15,00) to the more expensive and refined ones (€ 60,00). The average trend revolves around € 30,00 / 35,00.

    • Hotel and b & b starting from € 131,00 per room -
    • starting from € 192,00 -
    • Return flight + 7 days / 6 nights from € 614,00 per person -
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