Visit the sun-drenched Pillar of Hercules
People from Gibraltar or Llanitos as they call themselves, are fiercely proud of their British Citizenship. Despite the ongoing wrangling and occasional battles with Spain over its possession, Gibraltar has been in British hands since 1713 - longer than it was under Spanish control. Known as The Rock, Gibraltar stands at the southernmost point of the Iberian peninsular, where Europe and Africa meet. It is about two square miles in area, with the town and harbour on the west side over-looking the Atlantic and the steep cliffs of the east side over-looking the Mediterranean. The cliffs are crammed with caves and tunnels, which visitors can explore, and the upper part of the Rock has been turned into a nature reserve where the famous Barbary Apes reside. Down in the town, the shopping on Main Street and the beaches keep locals and visitors busy.
Go for fascinating history, striking scenery, tax-free shopping (in sterling), bird, dolphin and whale-watching, beaches, and the chance to explore the grottos and tunnels of the cliffs. The warm climate also makes Gibraltar a great place to relax in the sun.
When to Go?
Gibraltar is warm throughout the year, with hot summers and mild winters. May to September is hot and humid, with temperatures in the 30s. The rain in the winter can be heavy, but is unusual after March when spring begins. T-shirts can be worn in winter with mid-spring to early autumn ideal for topping up a tan.
How to get there?
Gibraltar Airport (GIB) has frequent, direct flights from Gatwick, Luton and Manchester. The most popular alternative airport for Gibraltar is Malaga located 120km away, and offers a bus service to La Linea that borders Gibraltar. Peak season is June to September, when flights and accommodation are more expensive than at other times of year.
Catch a cable car to the upper rock to see the apes, St Michael’s Cave and Siege Tunnels. Buy the all-inclusive ticket though, as it’s much cheaper. Or, if there are a few of you, a 'Taxi-Tour' is the cheapest way of visiting these must-see sights. When faced with the apes, it’s better to look but not to touch as they can bite. Visit Europa Point and stare across the waters to Africa. Take a trip on a catamaran to go dolphin and whale watching.