One of the main maritime points in the world, the signs of Moors establishment have still stayed here. A British territory with Spanish influence, this country also has a lot of 18th century influences. One of the most interesting aspects about this nation is the coin collection that dates back to the year 1802. The derivation of the name Gibraltar is also quite interesting. It is the Spanish version of the Arabic name Jabal Tariq which actually means “Mountain of Tariq”. It was also called Mons Calpe which is not only a Phoenician name and also one of the Pillars of Hercules.
The Gibraltar Visa system is not same as United Kingdom or the Schengen Countries. It is a part of the European Union but not the Schengen territories. So, you need to apply for a Gibraltar visa from any nearby embassy. Find out if your country is exempt from a visa here. If you belong to any country that is a part of European Union, that ensure you carry the passport or a national identity card to enter visa free.
When to go
The best time to visit Gibraltar is from the months of December to March. Flight tickets are also quite reasonable priced during the months of March and accommodation would not be a problem at all. The aforementioned months mark the winter season in Gibraltar. But, the winter here is not freezing and is actually quite pleasant with its dry air.
Destinations to cover
Out of the many things to do in Gibraltar, the main thing to do here is to see places soaked in history. Start with Michael’s cave to see some amazing limestone caves. See a monolithic rock known as the Rock of Gibraltar. Europa Point and Gibraltar Botanic gardens hold a charm of their own. While drawing out your Gibraltar travel guide, also remember to include Trafalgar Cemetery, Ibrahim-al-Ibrahim Mosque and St Andrew’s church in your itinerary as well. You can also visit the Siege tunnels and learn about the defence system. Remember to go dolphin watching and climb the Mediterranean steps.
Get in and around
The best answer on how to reach Gibraltar is by taking a flight from the Heathrow Airport. You can otherwise also take a flight to the Malaga Airport in Spain. It is about 120 kilometres away and you can cross the border from Spain. There is automated ID system here that you will have to stop for on your way. You can also take a ferry from Morocco or take bus from Spain. The entire land is 7 square kilometres. It is hence, best explored by foot. You can also take a taxi or ride in the bus.
Hotels and Food
There are plenty of cafes and eateries to have a budgeted meal. There are also fancy restaurants if you want to try out different European cuisines. The alcohol is fairly cheaper. There are various budget and luxury options available, although there is no hard and fast culture of hostels. Even though, it is available in a lot of places in Costa Del Sol, but eating Kosher should definitely be on your list.