Gibraltar, British Overseas Territory

Best Season to Visit: Anytime outside of Jan/Feb which are the wetter months.

Weather: Dubbed as Britain in the sun, Gibraltar sees a mild Mediterranean climate all year round. We just visited in February when it was a bit chilly at 12C minimum but touched highs of 18C. Summers see temperatures hit 28-30C

Reasons to Visit:

Lower St. Michael’s Cave: This is definitely the top thing to do when visiting Gibraltar. These are a set of limestone caves inside the Rock which are not accessible without a prebooked tour (that takes 3-4 hours) with a certified guide. It feels like either playing a really good video game in real life or being in a Nat Geo video. As the tour involves scrambling, climbing and squeezing through confined spaces, participants have to have a certain amount of physical fitness. The views are frankly, unbelievable. We saw many types of limestone formations (some of them are extremely rare).We wholeheartedly recommend our guide Raymond Belludo (raymond9@gibtelecom.net)

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“The Cathedral”

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Underground Lake

Dolphins: 2 major tour operators run dolphin spotting tours in Gibraltar. We saw a few dozen playful dolphins on the Dolphin Safari tour. Keep your eyes peeled for a spectacular finale. As a bonus, we also saw a plane takeoff from Gibraltar’s unique airport runway.

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2 out of the more than 2 dozen dolphins

The Rock (of course): A visit to the top of the rock is a day trip where one can choose from the following: Seeing the Macaques at Apes Den, Upper St. Michael cave, Moorish castle, peak at O’Hara’s Battery. The cable car to the top costs £19.50 including the nature reserve, £12 round trip just for the ride. Taxi tours are priced similarly. For walkers, the Jew gate entrance is a 15 minute walk from the closest bus stop and covering the different points will take 3-4 hours on foot.

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Gibraltar has the only wild monkey population in Europe

Europa Point: Located at Gibraltar’s southern tip, Europa point is a great place to relax and take in the views of the ocean on one side and the Rock on the other. Africa is visible on the horizon on a clear day. It contains a children’s play park and hence is family friendly.

Getting Around:

Government run buses cover the whole of Gibraltar EXCEPT the airport which is operated by a different company. This is a bummer because day tickets that work on most routes are not valid on the airport bus. Market Place is the central bus station where all routes converge.

A Day Hoppa ticket costs £2.20 and allows unlimited trips in 1 day in non-airport routes. Bus frequency is pretty great on weekdays.

Food and Drink:

Gibraltar has a surprisingly large set of good food options with varying cuisines (Seafood, Spanish, Mediterranean, Moroccan) on offer. The main thing to note for lunch is that rush hour begins after 12:30 PM as opposed to the noon rush seen in mainland UK.

Malak Baguette: Kebab sandwich/wrap place that’s a huge hit with the locals. Very affordable (all dishes cost less than £4), incredibly flavourful and large portion sizes. We rarely repeat meals but had to make an exception for Malak. 115 Parliament Street, not on TripAdvisor (no clue why).

The Lounge Gastropub : No. 1 on TripAdvisor for good reason. A true gastropub that provides nice twists on dishes we know & love.

Blue Anchor : Great for having a Seafood spread.

El Faro : Pretty decent Mediterranean food near Ocean Village (to get a bite after a Dolphin tour)

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2 thoughts on “Gibraltar, British Overseas Territory

    • yodandalek says:

      We agree wholeheartedly. Our workmates are always surprised when we sing the praises of Gibraltar knowing how much we generally travel. They’ve no idea what they’re missing out on 🙂

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