What to see on a short break in Gibraltar

I love Gibraltar. I have visited here many times since I was around 13 as I have family who live here. This post includes the different parts & sights within Gibraltar & a few personal recommendations.

Gibraltar rock

The runway is famous because Gibraltar runway is one of the shortest runways in the world. It is also unique as it has a 4 lane road in the middle for through traffic and pedestrians crossing the border into Spain.

Gibraltar runway

Gibraltar runwayGibraltar airport

Casemates Square is full of restaurants and bars with plenty of variety for both day time & night time. My particular favourites are The Tunnel for drinks & Little Rock for food (I love the potato skins with bacon & cheese).

Gibraltar casemates gatesCasemates square, Gibraltar

Casemates is at the bottom of Main Street which has a variety of different shops and little side streets. There are their own shops as well as UK high street retailers such as Topshop, Peacocks, Marks & Spencer’s and Next.

Main Street Gibraltar

The rock is the focal point of Gibraltar. It is famed for it. You can see it as you land and it is home to the monkeys! The Macaques are also a common sight in the streets near the rock too. You can go up the rock by an organised tour, the cable cars or drive yourself.

Gibraltar Gibraltar rock monkeysGibraltar rock monkeysGibraltar rock monkeys

Europa Point is in Southern Gibraltar and you have a wonderful view of the Rock, different viewpoints to look out to Morocco and the Lighthouse. It is also home to the University of Gibraltar which has a fine dining restaurant called Bistro Point which is open the public.

Europa Point, Gibraltar LighthouseGibraltar rock Bistro point, Gibraltar

Ocean Village and the Marina is where the famous Sunborn Hotel is, the former cruise ship now in permanent position in the Gibraltar Marina. I recommend visiting Charlie’s Bar & Restaurant (see loaded potato skins photo below), The Bridge & O’Neills if you are in Ocean Village.

Sunburn hotel Gibraltar Gibraltar Marina

Loaded potato skins, Charlie’s bar, Gibraltar

Gibraltar is described as Britain abroad because it is a British overseas territory, they use GBP as their currency & it is considered English speaking though most can speak Spanish too.

It is important to remember that they also have their own culture and if you are here during September you could be lucky enough to celebrate National Day with them. You will see the streets as a mass of red & white as they celebrate voting to remain under British sovereignty rather than Spanish (1967).

I would recommend visiting Gibraltar for a few days to a week at a time.

|| Related: East Side Gallery, Berlin Wall ||

Have you ever visited Gibraltar? Where would you recommend visiting whilst there?


19 thoughts on “Gibraltar

    1. It really is! They can be cute but they will also steal anything from you, be it food, cameras, things loose on your bag or the baby’s dummy out of it’s mouth (happened to my cousin🙈) 🐒


      1. Yes! They have no problem with jumping in prams and sitting on people’s heads! 😂 it’s funny as long as you’re keeping an eye on any little ones you have with you! You’re not allowed to feed them outside food either but they’ll take it if you let them get close enough!


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