IMPORTANT NOTE: Passport will be needed.
Gibraltar is the Spanish derivation of the Arabic name Jabal Tariq, meaning Mountain of Tariq. It is the geological formation of “The Rock of Gibraltar”.
Gibraltar has been a British Territory since 1704. Ceded forever to Britain by Spain in the Treaty of Utrecht (1713).
British first time visitors to Gibraltar will feel familiar, as you drive into Gibraltar being waved through by policemen in the traditional British 'bobbies' uniforms, if you follow the signs to the Botanical Gardens you can't miss the red telephone boxes, red post boxes and english road signs and our favourite stalwart Marks and Spencers.
The heart of the historic old town is pedestrianised, cash points can be found to obtain Gibraltar pounds, and the beautiful cobbled Casemates square (once the site of public executions). The square now houses outdoor cafes , restaurants and performance street artists. Main Street runs the legnth of the town with jewellers and fashionable boutiques to suit all pockets, a shoppers duty free paradise with no VAT to pay.
A trip on the cable car to the top of the Rock is something all visitors must do. Here you will be rewarded with a breathtaking view of the African coastline, the Costa Del Sol and a panoramic view of the City below. Take a look at the Apes den, where you will find the famous Barbary Apes - the only free roaming primates in Europe. They are completely wild so be vigilant and DO NOT annoy or feed them and make sure you do not carry any plastic carrier bags as they associate them with food! There is an air conditioned cafe for a cool drink, and a souvenirs shop. If the cable car is not your idea of fun, you can walk or take a taxi most of the way.
For your information … The last car down is 7.45pm
Gibraltar has a great military heritage, the 50 km of seige tunnels complete with graffiti from the time of Nelsons Royal Navy, (in Rosia Bay Admiral Nelsons body was brought on board HMS Victory after the Battle of Trafalgar on 21st October 1805). By Rosia Bay stands Napier of Magdala Battery the home of Gibraltars 100 ton gun, there used to be two on the Rock the other being at Victoria Battery which is where the Fire Station now sits.
Gibraltar night life has much to offer, clubs, bars, entertainment venues, live music, theatre and casino's, so maybe a stop over will be the order of the day!