Gibraltar

Sunshine, apes and tapas; this is Britain but not as you know it. But don’t panic, among the more exotic trappings and Spanish influences, you’ll still find pub grub, pillar boxes and scones. The hero of the state is, of course, the Rock. A cable car trip to the top gives stunning views over to Spain and if you squint out across the water you might just catch a glimpse of Morocco in the distance.

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About Gibraltar

At a glance

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Capital city: Gibraltar
Population: 29,000
Language: English
Currency: GBP
Time zone: (GMT+01:00) Brussels, Copenhagen, Madrid, Paris
Electricity: Type C (European 2-pin) Type G (Irish/British 3-pin)
Dialing code: +350

Best time to visit Gibraltar

Gibraltar is blessed with 300 days of sunshine a year, making it the envy of the motherland. Tourists flock in for hot and humid summer days, but winters are mild and pleasant.

Geography and environment

Blink and you’ll miss this 6 square kilometre territory. Once you’re there, the one thing you can’t miss is the Rock. This 426 m piece of limestone rises over the lowlands like a crown. Gibraltar has 12 km of coastline and is neighbours with Spain. Just 26 km away, over the Strait of Gibraltar, is Morocco and on a clear day North Africa is visible.

Top Picks

Top 5 Sights in Gibraltar

1. The Rock

The Rock is what it’s all about in Gibraltar. Every which way you turn is another spectacular view of this hulking limestone rock. Take a cable car to the top to really appreciate it and look left and right for views of Spain.

2. Morocco

Africa is only 26 km away. On a clear day if you squint and lean your head a little to the side you’ll see Morocco squinting right back at you.

3. Barbary Apes

Europe’s only wild apes are equal parts loved and feared. You’ll know why the moment you pick up your camera and see serious a ape face staring straight down the lens at you… right before he pockets the camera and runs away.

4. Best of British

If you’re needing a dose of bobbies walking the beat, red pillar boxes and tea rooms but you can’t bear to leave the sunshine, don’t worry, the best of British is on show, alongside the best of Spain and a touch of Morocco.

5. St Michael’s Cave

Once your eyes adjust to the soft light, you’ll be blown away by this stunning network of limestone caves. The largest of the caves is dubbed the Cathedral Cave and is regularly used as an auditorium.

FAQs on Gibraltar

Tipping is expected in taxis and cafes. Around 10% is fine.
There are plenty of internet cafes available.
Gibraltar has good mobile phone coverage. Ensure you have global roaming activated with your carrier if you wish to use your phone.
Gibraltar has western-style flushable toilets.
Cup of coffee = 1.40 GBP
Bottle of soft drink = 1.50 GBP
Beer in a bar or restaurant = 3 GBP
Three-course meal = 25 GBP
Taxi - Rock Tour = 20 GBP
Yes, tap water is considered safe to drink.
Credit cards are widely accepted.
There’s good access to ATMs around the town centre.
Absolutely. All passengers travelling with Intrepid are required to purchase travel insurance before the start of your trip. Your travel insurance details will be recorded by your leader on the first day of the trip. Due to the varying nature, availability and cost of health care around the world, travel insurance is very much an essential and necessary part of every journey.

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Jan 1 New Year’s Day
Mar 29 Good Friday
Apr 1 Easter Monday
May 1 Labour Day
May 27 Spring Bank Holiday
Jun 10 Queen’s Birthday
Aug 26 Summer Bank Holiday
Sep 10 Gibraltar National Day
Dec 25 Christmas Day
Dec 26 Boxing Day

Please note these dates are for 2013. For a current list of public holidays go to: http://www.worldtravelguide.net/Gibraltar/public-holidays

Health and Safety

Intrepid takes the health and safety of its travellers seriously, and takes every measure to ensure that trips are safe, fun and enjoyable for everyone. We recommend that all travellers check with their government or national travel advisory organisation for the latest information before departure:

From Australia?

Go to: http://www.smartraveller.gov.au/

From New Zealand?

Go to: http://www.safetravel.govt.nz/

From Canada?

Go to: http://www.voyage.gc.ca/

From US?

Go to: http://travel.state.gov/

From UK?

Go to: http://www.fco.gov.uk/en/

The World Health Organisation

also provides useful health information:
Go to: http://www.who.int/en/

Responsible Travel

Gibraltar Travel Tips

Intrepid is committed to travelling in a way that is respectful of local people, their culture, local economies and the environment. It's important to remember that what may be acceptable behaviour, dress and language in your own country, may not be appropriate in another. Please keep this in mind while travelling.

Top responsible travel tips for Gibraltar

1. Be considerate of Gibraltar’s customs, traditions, religion and culture.

2. For environmental reasons, try to avoid buying bottled water. Instead, fill a reusable water bottle or canteen with filtered water.

3. Always dispose of litter thoughtfully, including cigarette butts.

4. Refrain from supporting businesses that exploit or abuse endangered animals.

5. Please ask and receive permission before taking photos of people, including children.

6. When visiting national parks, refrain from feeding native animals or leaving food out.

Further reading

Recommended reading

Title Author
Rock Black: Ten Gibraltarian Stories M.G. Sanchez
Nelson's Refuge: Gibraltar in the Age of Napoleon Jason R. Musteen
The Pillars of Hercules: A Grand Tour of the Mediterranean Paul Theroux