Gibraltar is an interesting destination. Whether it is the Rock, the famous monkeys that you see all over, or the scenic beauty, Gibraltar has history stamped all over it. Red post boxes at street corners, the aroma of fish and chips wafting out from the cafes, chintz covered sofas in seaside hotels – you could be forgiven if you thought this was a bit of Britain stuck somewhere between Europe and Africa!
A must is the cable car ride to the top of the Rock to get a 360 degree of the stunning views beyond.
THINGS TO DO AND SEE
- Museums tell us a lot about the place, so do make a visit to the Gibraltar Museum for a peek into Gibraltar's past right from prehistoric time to now!
- If you have three hours to spare explore the Great Siege Tunnels that were started in the late 1700s and expanded upon during the Second World War as Gibraltar was an important outpost and Churchill feared an attack here.
- If you are going up the Rock by cable car, stop by at Ape's Denmidway up, to see the Barbary Macques in their natural habitat
- A popular attraction is St. Michael's Cave a natural grotto – it is believed to be bottomless and they say it is linked to the African continent under the Straits – this natural phenomenon has fascinated mankind since Roman times and receives thousands of visitors every year
GRAB A BITE
Café Rojo in Irish Town has atmosphere and the ambiance is great. Of course not mention that the food is good too! The chicken and chorizo are to die for and should be on your must eat list. Be sure to make reservations as the restaurant tends to fill up. If you are missing Indian food than do head to Charlie's Tavern in Ocean Village – they do have the best Indian food in town, besides their other fare like burgers and seafood.
The Main Street in Gibraltar is filled with quaint shops so you could pick up bric-a-brac to take back home. Gibraltar is a duty free zone, so buy some alcohol or cigarettes if you will – they may be cheaper than what you get back home!
With 300 plus days of sunshine, Gibraltar enjoys warm weather throughout the year. The mean temperature is a pleasant 17.3 °C /63.2 °F with August being the hottest month when temps soar to 29°C /84°F and January is the coolest at a very pleasant 13 °C/55° F.
The local currency is the Gibraltar Pound (GIP), although the Pound sterling is also accepted at many places. Credit cards are also accepted at most establishments.