Gibraltar © Michelle Chaplow
A day trip of mini break in Gibraltar © Michelle Chaplow

Guide to Rock of Gibraltar

Take me to: Accommodation | Airport | Restaurants | Things to do

Gibraltar is famous worldwide for its dramatic rock. It is located in a strategic position at the southern end of the Iberian Peninsula. It overlooks the Straits of Gibraltar and is linked to Spain by a narrow isthmus. Gibraltar is often known as the 'meeting of continents'.

Gibraltar is imposing but small. It measures less than six square kilometres in total. It is inhabited by around 30,000 people mainly made up of Gibraltarians, British, Moroccans, Indians and Spanish. There is also a colony of the famous apes, the only ones in Europe to run free in a semi-wild state.

Gibraltar is a British self-governing oversees territory (colony). It has a Governor, Lieutenant-general Ed Davis (Royal Marines officer) Commander of the Order of the British Empire, who is the Queen's representative on the Rock and Commander-in Chief of the British Forces stationed there. Britain is responsible for Gibraltar's foreign affairs, defence and the political stability of the colony. However, the Rock has its own Chief Minister, Fabian Picardo, plus a House of Parliament and a government, which oversees the day-to-day affairs of the Rock.

Gibraltar is a member of the European Union by virtue of Britain's membership. However, Gibraltar is outside the Customs Union so travellers from EU member states can still enjoy duty free purchases but suffer often lengthy queues for customs checks retuning to Spain.

Art Galleries in Gibraltar include John Mackintosh Hall, The House of Sacarello and the Fine Arts Studio.

You will need a passport to enter Gibraltar unless you are an EU citizen with a valid national identity card. Citizens from many countries are required to obtain a visa before entering Gibraltar.… More →

Gibraltar is so small (about 6 square kilometres) that getting around town - and around The Rock, in general - is a feasible option, if you have the time and energy.

Find tourist offices in Gibraltar at the following locations: Casemates Square, Airport Arrivals Hall, Gibraltar Coach Terminus, Gibraltar Cruise Terminal, Frontier

Traditionally, British ex-pats living in nearby Spain have flocked to Gibraltar to bank and to shop for those tastes of home such as Cheddar cheese and tea bags. The latter are now freely… More →

Gibraltar is a multi-racial community so it follows that its range of restaurants reflects the tastes of its inhabitants. Yes, Gibraltar has a McDonalds, a Burger King, KFC, Subway and a Pizza Hut… More →

Property in Gibraltar is in high demand for a number of reasons. In the first place, space is extremely limited. Secondly, many of the newer developments fall into the high quality, luxury… More →

There are two marinas in Gibraltar, Ocean Village and Queensway Quay offering excellent berthing facilities, shops and restaurants. Sailing boats are available for charter.

Gibraltar might be small, but those wishing to live and work on the famous Rock will be pleased to hear that it is not a closed shop. Depending on your country of origin, however, you might need a… More →

The land frontier between Gibraltar and Spain is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week both for vehicles and pedestrians. There is no limit on the number of frontier crossings you can make.

Gibraltar does not lack accommodation and has several luxury hotels, as well as more basic, affordable ones. There are also many self-catering rental options, including apartments and villas, for… More →

There is plenty to see and do in Gibraltar. Whether you are only in town for a few hours or planning an extended stay, this is a good place to begin making plans.

Many people move to Andalucía for the lifestyle and climate but are disappointed to find out that the salaries are low and there is a lack of challenging roles for English speakers. For these… More →

While Gibraltar has much in common with its next door neighbour, southern Spain, it also has a fascinating history all its own as well as special climatic conditions, its own particular geography… More →

Gibraltar is famous worldwide for its dramatic rock. It is located in a strategic position at the southern end of the Iberian Peninsula. It overlooks the Straits of Gibraltar and is linked to… More →

Many people choose to cruise these days, boarding luxurious thousand-passenger vessels with swimming pools and other sports facilities and activities, a wide variety of bars and restaurants, and… More →

Gibraltar airport (IATA: GIB, ICAO: LXGB) is located about 2km from the town centre, adjacent to the frontier with Spain. The new 84m pound terminal, which opened in 2012, is spacious and… More →

Gibraltar has a media scene all its own which keeps both locals and visitors up to date from a variety of perspectives.

Gibraltar's economy revolves largely around financial services, shipping, tourism and e-gaming and telecommunications, including Internet. Businesses wishing to set up, expand or diversify on the… More →


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