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Get the most out of your holiday to Gibraltar

Gibraltar is famous for its imposing rock that juts out into the Mediterranean Sea on the Iberian Peninsula. Semi-wild apes roam the town, while regular boat trips offer close encounters with wild dolphins.

The Upper Rock Nature Reserve is a popular haunt with bird lovers and botanists, and the Rock of Gibraltar also offers spectacular views across the Mediterranean.

Gibraltar is a British overseas territory, so British tourists will feel at home whilst on holiday in Gibraltar, where the official language is English.

Gibraltar is warm throughout the year - even in winter the temperature rarely drops below 19°C.

Explore the Rock of Gibraltar

The Rock of Gibraltar is 423m high at its highest point and its dominating presence means it's begging to be explored. The Rock is famous for its caves - St. Michael's Cave is the most popular.

St. Michael's Cave was created by water seeping through the limestone, which has left hundreds of vast stalactites and stalagmites throughout its many tunnels and chambers.

Barbary Apes, a tailless species of monkey, roam the Rock of Gibraltar. Indigenous to Morocco and Algeria, the monkeys were probably brought over to Gibraltar by the British in the eighteenth century. The Barbary Apes are friendly critters, and they have been known to climb on people's shoulders.

Gibraltar nightlife, dining and shopping

Gibraltar is packed with cocktail bars, trendy wine bars and live music venues, and many of them have a distinctly British feel. The Gala Casino Ocean Village is a fairly new complex offering 4 bars, 2 restaurants and a buzzing casino.

If you're after a great dining experience accompanied by free entertainment, then check out Casemates Square. The square has a host of restaurants with al fresco dining. During the day it's a great place to sit back with a coffee and watch the world go by.

Gibraltar is packed with restaurants serving food from around the world including Indian, Chinese, Thai, Japanese, Moroccan, Italian and more. There are also well known fast food eateries for those that can't go without McDonalds, Burger King or Pizza Hut.

Just off Casemates Square, head down the bustling, pedestrianised Main Street for great shopping and bargain prices. The currency in Gibraltar is the Gibraltar pound, which is identical in value to the British pound. British pounds can be used throughout Gibraltar.

Gibraltar self catering and hotel accommodation

Gibraltar self catering apartments vary from luxury establishments to cheerful snugs. Some have balconies offering fantastic sea views, while others provide swimming pools and sun terraces. Most apartments are decorated in a tasteful, modern style.

If you are after a little more luxury but you don't want to break the bank, try the O'Callaghan Eliott Hotel, which costs around £89 for 3 nights including breakfast. The Rock Hotel Gibraltar and the Caleta Hotel also come highly recommended on www.tripadvisor.co.uk.

Getting around

Hiring a car can be very cheap in Gibraltar, but it may not be necessary as most attractions are within walking distance. There are lots of taxis on standby, and the local bus service has frequent and reliable services. There's also a cable car that takes visitors to the top of the Rock of Gibraltar.

Gibraltar benefits from its own airport and direct flights from the UK to Gibraltar take just under three hours.

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