To arrive into Gibraltar is to be awestruck by the sheer majesty of the Jurassic limestone Rock that dominates the horizon.  Strategically situated on the southern tip of the Iberian Peninsula, the British Overseas Territory is almost entirely surrounded by water other than the narrow isthmus which links it to mainland Spain.  Gibraltar is less than seven square kilometres on the outside, but inside lies a myriad of caves and tunnels that stretch for almost fifty kilometres.  Herein lie some of Gibraltar's biggest mysteries and secrets.

The Rock has attracted visitors, some friends, some foe, throughout its colourful history, all drawn to its unique charm and character, which still thrive today in the Gibraltarian people.

The Rock's activities are as diverse as they are plentiful.  Discover the Rock's beauty and natural heritage, its architecture and wildlife.  Discover the Upper Rock Nature Reserve or shop in Main Street, perhaps one of the most famous streets in Europe, where you will be tempted by some of the best bargains around, thanks to the Rock's VAT free status.

Gibraltar's temperate climate makes it an attractive all year round choice, and its unique position, at the crossroads of the Europe and Africa make it an extremely popular cruise stop.

Tourist attractions, venues and activities

Things to do in Gibraltar

  • Alameda Botanical Gardens - Originally laid out in 1816, the gardens are also home to the Alameda Wildlife Conservation Park.  Weddings are also held in the gardens, in an area known as the 'Dell', with a bridge overlooking it.
  • The Cable Car - Ride the cable car to 412 metres above sea level to the top of the Rock and take in the panoramic views of Gibraltar, Spain and Morocco.
  • Upper Rock Nature Reserve - A protected area, here you will also find some of Gibraltar's most important historical sites, including St Michael's Cave, Great Siege Tunnels, City Under Siege Exhibition, Moorish Castle, Apes Den, Mediterranean Steps and the World War II Tunnels.
  • Gibraltar Museum - Founded in 1930, the Museum gives the visitor a complete history of Gibraltar throughout the years and also houses the remains of 14th century Moorish Baths.
  • Main Street - A shoppers paradise, shop for perfume, alcohol, tobacco, clothing, linen and electrical goods at bargain prices.
  • Marinas - Enjoy the sunshine and watch the world go by at Gibraltar's marinas whilst having a drink or enjoying lunch or dinner.
  • Catalan Bay - Originally settled by Genoese fishermen, this small village is situated on the eastern side of the Rock.  Dine at one of its relaxed restaurants and then go for a swim on the sandy beach.
  • Dolphin Safari - Dolphins can be found in various haunts around the coast of Gibraltar where they feed on sardines, herring, squid, anchovies and flying fish.
  • Apes - The world famous Gibraltar Apes are actually a tailless monkey called a Barbary Macaque.  They are inquisitive and playful and can be found at various points of the Upper Rock Nature Reserve, including the Apes Den.

Rock Tour (1.5 Hours approx)

  • Pillars of Hercules - Visit the monumnet to Hercules and look out across the Strait of Gibraltar towards Africa
  • St Michael's Cave - A natural cave, be amazed by this natural phenomenon which legend has it is bottomless.
  • Apes Den - One of Gibraltar's most famous attractions, it is a rare chance to see an  animal in its natural environment.
  • Great Siege Tunnels - Dug out using just spades, chisels, hammers and blasting powder,  these tunnels were dug to defend Gibraltar during the Great Siege of 1779-1783.

Rock Tour (3 Hours approx)

  • Drive around the Rock - Experience Gibraltar, a peninsula and discover both the city and east side, home to its sandy beaches.
  • Europa Point - One of the southernmost points in Europe, marvel at the coastline of Africa only 15.5 miles away separated by the Straits of Gibraltar, one of the world's busiest shipping lanes.
  • 100 Ton Gun - Built in 1870, only 4 were built, 2 for Gibraltar and 2 for Malta.
  • Pillars of Hercules - Visit the monument to Hercules and look out across the Strait of Gibraltar towards Africa.
  • Apes Den - One of Gibraltar's most famous attractions, it is a rare chance to see an  animal in its natural environment.
  • Great Siege Tunnels - Dug out using just spades, chisels, hammers and blasting powder,  these tunnels were dug to defend Gibraltar during the Great Siege of 1779-1783.
  • Moorish Castle - Originally built in 1160, the 'Tower of Homage' was rebuilt in the 14th century after Spanish ransacking.  If you look closely you can still see the canon dents in the walls.
Tourist Info
Local Population: Approximately 30,000
Time (GMT+/-): +2
First language:
English
Second language: Spanish
Currency:
British Pound (GBP) and Gibraltar Pound (GIP). Euros also accepted at some establishments.
Banking hours (morning): From 0900 to 1200
Banking hours (afternoon): From 1200 to 1600
Credit cards: Major Cards Accepted
Accepts Travellers Cheques: No
Shopping hours (morning): From 0900 to 1300
Shopping hours (afternoon): From 1300 to 1900
Public holidays: http://www.visitgibraltar.gi/public-holidays
Shops are open on Saturdays: Yes
Shops are open on Sundays: No
Tourist Office Gibraltar Tourist Board
Contact Name: Nicholas Guerrero
Address: Duke of Kent House, Cathedral Square
Tel. No.: +(350) 20074950
Fax No.: +(350)20074943
Email: information@tourism.gov.gi
Website: www.visitgibraltar.gi

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