Gibraltar is an enticing Mediterranean city and British overseas territory with a bit of everything to offer, from beaches and natural landscapes to cultural landmarks and outdoor adventures such as hiking and sailing. Thanks to its proximity to North Africa, Gibraltar offers a pleasant sub-tropical climate, and the city has a mix of cultural influences, especially in its main Old Town. Experience the city’s charm with our cheap holidays to Gibraltar.
The Rock of Gibraltar is a signature landmark of the city; this giant rock formation formed millions of years ago, and is made from ancient Jurassic limestone. The rock’s upper surface is the place to be, filled with nature reserves and home to Barbary macaque monkeys – Europe’s only wild monkey population. Standing atop the rock’s peak is an experience not to be missed; enjoy panoramic vistas of the city and its bays, plus spot the point where the Atlantic meets the Mediterranean.
Gibraltar has a rich history with plenty of landmark attractions to explore. The city’s Great Siege Tunnels are a must visit, which were built near the end of the famed Great Siege and hosted as an underground hideout for the British. The Gibraltar National Museum is also one to note, home to artefacts including fossils and 14th century Moorish baths, special exhibitions, and a garden with archaeological excavations, not to mention a book shop and gift shop.
21, 23 Devil's Tower Rd, Gibraltar GX11 1AA, Gibraltar
3 Europa Rd, Gibraltar GX11 1AA, Gibraltar
2 Governor's Parade, Gibraltar GX11 1AA, Gibraltar
35 Ocean Village Promenade, GX11 1AA, Gibraltar
Currency: You’ll be spending Gibraltar Pounds, British Pounds.
Local Time: Two hours ahead of GMT.
Flight Time from the UK: Approximately two hours, fifty-five minutes.
Tourist Information: Visit the official Gibraltar tourist information site for lots of helpful information regarding upcoming events, where to go, what to do, and how to get around.
Health/Travel Restrictions:To travel to Gibraltar, British citizens need a valid passport. A visa is not required. For up to date travel advice and health recommendations visit the government’s travel advice for Gibraltar.
A: No, but COVID-19, tetanus, rabies recommended.
A: Passport, but no visa.
A: Spring and autumn are warm, and relatively quiet.
A: It’s approximately 25% cheaper than the UK.
A: Serious crime is rare.
The Upper Rock Nature Reserve is at a height of 1,400 feet (420 metres) above sea level. It's home to the Barbary macaques and many wild birds, including buzzards, eagles, vultures and storks. There's also a mid-air viewing platform made entirely of glass. Even scarier panoramic views can be enjoyed on the Windsor Bridge that spans a deep gorge. It adds a daring finish to the Rock's many hiking trails.
Back on terra firma, Gibraltar has six beautiful beaches split between the east and west of the territory. Catalan Bay is one of the most charming. The sandy cove has housed a quaint fishing village since the seventeenth century. Gibraltar is perfect for scuba diving, jet skiing and waterskiing. Boat trips are popular, particularly for watching dolphins and whales entering the Strait of Gibraltar.
Many attractions are hidden beneath the Rock. Saint Michael's Cave consists of 150 deep caverns filled with dramatic rock formations. The Cathedral Cave forms a natural auditorium for live concerts. The eighteenth-century Great Siege Tunnels formed part of Gibraltar's defences and were excavated by hand. During World War II, further defensive tunnelling was carried out creating a network measuring 34 miles (52 kilometres) in total.
The climate is comfortably settled all year round. Summer months from June to September average 24°C (76°F). August is usually the hottest at 31°C (88°F). Winters are warm and mild with average temperatures of 20°C (68°F). January is often the coldest at 17°C (62°F). The most rain falls in December, measuring approximately 6.9 inches (175 millimetres).
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