Gibraltar, a slice of Britain located at the Iberian Peninsula`s southern tip, is synonymous with the mammoth limestone Rock of Gibraltar, with its summit clocking in at just over 1,400 feet above sea level. It is also well-known for its extensive tunnels of above-ground caves inside the Rock of Gibraltar, of which the number is over 150. Due to its position between the Atlantic and the Mediterranean, Gibraltar has been called `the Key to the Mediterranean` for centuries, and is home to a sizable British Armed Forces and NATO presence today. Gibraltar is renowned for its Barbary macaques, unique to Gibraltar and the only wild monkeys native to Europe, who are now housed on their own special nature reserve. Despite its small size (just 2.6 square miles), Gibraltar is home to six beaches, a vibrant city center, and great duty-free shopping opportunities.
Gibraltar City will be where you stay when you visit Gibraltar. Nearly all of Gibraltar`s population lives in `the city`, which locals call `Westside` since the populated areas are almost exclusively on the western side of the peninsula. The southernmost point of Gibraltar (and on the Iberian Peninsula) is Europa Point. St. Michael`s Cave is located in the interior, inside the Rock of Gibraltar. Catalan Bay Beach, the most popular beach, is located on the northeastern coast.
It is recommended that you visit Gibraltar in the autumn, when conditions are a tad drier than the summer and temperatures aren`t as hot. This is also a good time to enjoy cheaper pricing for accommodations. Because Gibraltar typically stays in the 60s Fahrenheit during the day in the wintertime, it is also common for tourists to visit in winter, although it is the rainy season. Temperatures can and do rise into the 90s during the summertime, which is the traditional high season.
We recommend approximately 2-3 days based on what you want to see and do. We offer flexible vacation packages so you can select your number of nights, desired hotel and activities. While you are in the area, we recommend utilizing extra days to visit nearby Spanish cities such as La Linea de la Concepcion (just over the border from the Gibraltar Airport) and Algeciras, which sits on the Bay of Algeciras just to Gibraltar`s west.
The best way to see Gibraltar is by bus. The buses are run by the Gibraltar Bus Company, and there are nine bus routes that reach all corners of the small peninsula. Two of the bus routes (#5 and #10) run from the airport to the rest of the peninsula, while bus route #1 is the `midtown loop`, running between Market Place and Willis`s Road. The route to reach Europa Point is bus route #2. Adult day passes for Gibraltar buses cost £2.50. You can also take taxis; there are seven taxi stands in Gibraltar, with the largest being at the `frontier`, the area just north of Gibraltar Airport and just south of the Spanish border, and at Casemates between Casemates Square Shopping Mall and the International Commercial Centre. Flagfall is approximately £2 and each kilometer (0.6 miles) costs roughly £1.50 more, and you shouldn`t pay more than £15 to reach any point in Gibraltar. The Gibraltar Taxi Association offers 4-5 stop tours of the peninsula and you can ask your taxi driver about it when you are at the taxi stand (minimum 4 people typically, at approximately £35 per person, with a length of 75 to 90 minutes).
The currency of Gibraltar is the Gibraltar pound (written like the British pound, with the symbol £). Both Gibraltar pounds and British pound sterling are legal tender and are worth the exact same amount when spending in Gibraltar. Euros are not legal tender but are accepted in many businesses. Be warned, the exchange rate used by shops will not be as favorable as the exchange rate you will get if you trade Euros for Gibraltar pounds. Just be sure that you spend any Gibraltar pounds while you are in Gibraltar because it will be difficult to exchange these in any other country except the United Kingdom.
Exchange desks and ATMs are available throughout the peninsula. All major worldwide credit cards such as Visa, American Express, MasterCard, etc. are accepted in Gibraltar, and major UK credit cards are accepted there as well.
The official language in Gibraltar is English. All signs and necessary documents that you will need to read in Gibraltar will be in English, and you will be able to converse in English in nearly every situation while on the peninsula. The locals speak a patois called Llanito, Andalusian Spanish heavily mixed with British English, as well as with words from Maltese, Arabic, and other languages influential to this region.