Guide to Rock of Gibraltar
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. .
Learn about the history, geography, climate and culture of this fascinating rock. More >
You'll find everything from the humblest youth hostel to the most elegant luxury hotel. More >
Find out how to get to Gibraltar, also included is information about the local airport. More >
Gibraltar is a world-renowned tax haven and thus an excellent place to invest. More >
There are many ways to move about "The Rock", step right up to find your taxi, bus, etc. More >
Thinking of living and/or working in Gibraltar? This is what you need to know. More >
There are so many things to do and see in such a small space, don't expect to finish! More >
Many international residents on the Costa del Sol look to Gibraltar as an alternative job market. More >