Gibraltar travel guide

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You're Going to Love Gibraltar

Fondly known as "The Rock," Gibraltar is an intriguing English territory, less than 3 sq mi in size, attached to the southern tip of Spain.

Geographical location aside, local culture in Gibraltar is as British as afternoon tea and fish and chips.

What to do in Gibraltar

1. Take the Cable Car to See Macaques

Gibraltar is home to the only population of wild monkeys living in Europe, and they've become one of the most popular attractions. Although they are inoffensive creatures, keep a safe distance from these animals as they are known for stealing food and valuable objects.

2. Take a Tour of the Old Town

A short walking distance from the airport, Gibraltar's Old Town could be a miniature version of any British city if it weren't for the differences in architecture and the almost permanent blue skies. It's a great area to visit for the traditional English-style pubs.

3. Visit the Great Siege Tunnels

They are both a symbol of local history and resourceful engineering, making a visit to the Great Siege Tunnels carved by hand in the late 1700s one of the top things to do in Gibraltar.

4. See Two Continents from the Same Spot

Stand on the highest cliff, at 1312 ft high, and see Europe and Africa at the same time, with views of Gibraltar, Spain, and Morocco.

5. Visit St. Michael's Cave

In addition to being one of the most spectacular natural attractions in Gibraltar, St. Michael's Cave also doubles as an auditorium. The acoustics are perfect for live music concerts and regular cultural events take place at this venue.

1. Take the Cable Car to See Macaques

Gibraltar is home to the only population of wild monkeys living in Europe, and they've become one of the most popular attractions. Although they are inoffensive creatures, keep a safe distance from these animals as they are known for stealing food and valuable objects.

2. Take a Tour of the Old Town

A short walking distance from the airport, Gibraltar's Old Town could be a miniature version of any British city if it weren't for the differences in architecture and the almost permanent blue skies. It's a great area to visit for the traditional English-style pubs.

3. Visit the Great Siege Tunnels

They are both a symbol of local history and resourceful engineering, making a visit to the Great Siege Tunnels carved by hand in the late 1700s one of the top things to do in Gibraltar.

4. See Two Continents from the Same Spot

Stand on the highest cliff, at 1312 ft high, and see Europe and Africa at the same time, with views of Gibraltar, Spain, and Morocco.

5. Visit St. Michael's Cave

In addition to being one of the most spectacular natural attractions in Gibraltar, St. Michael's Cave also doubles as an auditorium. The acoustics are perfect for live music concerts and regular cultural events take place at this venue.

When to visit Gibraltar

With great weather practically all year long, anytime is a good time to visit Gibraltar.

If you'd prefer to avoid the crowds, avoid traveling between June and September.

How to Get to Gibraltar

Entry requirements

As an Overseas British Territory, the requirements to enter Gibraltar are the same for entering anywhere else in the United Kingdom.

Nationals from the European Union can enter with just their identification card or a valid passport. Passengers from the United States or Canada only need a passport to enter Gibraltar. Travelers from other countries must apply for a tourist visa.

Plane

Gibraltar is served by its own airport, Gibraltar Airport, which is served by regular flights from London, Bristol, Manchester, Casablanca, and Tangier.

Car

Crossing the border into Gibraltar by car is usually a slow process, although the border is open 24h.

Bus

There are regular buses traveling to Gibraltar from Granada, Seville, Cadiz, and Malaga. However, keep in mind that most buses stop before the border, which means you'll have to cross on foot.

Boat

You can enter Gibraltar by boat if you're taking a cruise with a route that includes this stop.

Entry requirements

As an Overseas British Territory, the requirements to enter Gibraltar are the same for entering anywhere else in the United Kingdom.

Nationals from the European Union can enter with just their identification card or a valid passport. Passengers from the United States or Canada only need a passport to enter Gibraltar. Travelers from other countries must apply for a tourist visa.

Plane

Gibraltar is served by its own airport, Gibraltar Airport, which is served by regular flights from London, Bristol, Manchester, Casablanca, and Tangier.

Car

Crossing the border into Gibraltar by car is usually a slow process, although the border is open 24h.

Bus

There are regular buses traveling to Gibraltar from Granada, Seville, Cadiz, and Malaga. However, keep in mind that most buses stop before the border, which means you'll have to cross on foot.

Boat

You can enter Gibraltar by boat if you're taking a cruise with a route that includes this stop.

Popular airports in Gibraltar

Popular airlines serving Gibraltar

British Airways
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Qatar Airways
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easyJet
Good (1,390 reviews)
American Airlines
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Where to stay in Gibraltar

Considering the small size of Gibraltar, you'll have fewer options when it comes to accommodation and will often pay high rates for a room.

Where to stay in popular areas of Gibraltar

How to Get Around Gibraltar

Bus

Gibraltar has an efficient bus network connecting the city center to most points of interest, including Europa Point. Gibraltar Bus Company operates all buses and they depart from the Gibraltar Market.

Car

Driving around Gibraltar by car is mostly recommended if you're going to drive to or from Spain. Parking spaces are free but scarce.

Although Gibraltar is a UK Overseas Territory, you must drive on the right side of the road and not the left.

Bus

Gibraltar has an efficient bus network connecting the city center to most points of interest, including Europa Point. Gibraltar Bus Company operates all buses and they depart from the Gibraltar Market.

Car

Driving around Gibraltar by car is mostly recommended if you're going to drive to or from Spain. Parking spaces are free but scarce.

Although Gibraltar is a UK Overseas Territory, you must drive on the right side of the road and not the left.

The Cost of Living in Gibraltar

ATMs are widely available and most businesses accept payments with credit and debit cards. A one-way ticket on public transportation costs approximately £1.35 ($1.75). Buying groceries at a local supermarket costs approximately £20-30 ($26-39) for one day.

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