Tourist Places to Visit in Gibraltar, Europe

Tourist Places to Visit in Gibraltar, Europe

Gibraltar is positioned on the southern end of Iberian Peninsula at the mouth of Mediterranean is a British Overseas Territory. Gibraltar covers a total area of 6.8 square kilometers (2.6 square miles) and the economy of the country depends on tourism, online gaming, financial services and shipping industries. The name Gibraltar means “mountain of tariq” shares the border with Spain and English is the official language of the country followed by Spanish, Berber, Hindi, Sindhi, Hebrew and Arabic and majority of the people follow Roman Catholic religion. Gibraltar geographical coordinates are 36.1258° N, 5.3431° W.


History of Gibraltar:

Gibraltar was inhabited between 128,000 and 24,000 BC by Neanderthal in Gorham’s Cave and later Greeks and Romans established the settlement in the region and after the fall of Romans, the country was ruled by Vandals. Almohad Sultan Abd al-Mu’min ordered to construct the fort in the year 1160 and after the completion of the fort he stayed for 2 months. King Henry IV of Castile captured the region and after six years it was invaded by the Duke of Medina Sidonia. After the American War of Independence, Gibraltar became the base for the British Royal Navy and played major role during Battle of Trafalga and during the World War II the country was evacuated to various countries in Europe.


Must See in Gibraltar:

Upper Rock Nature Preserve:

Upper Rock Nature Preserve is one of the main attractions in the country where one can come across St. Michael’s Cave, the Apes’ Den, the Great Siege Tunnels, and the ruins of the old Moorish Castle and tourists can also enjoy the cable car ride in the preserve and park is open from 9:30 am to 6:30 Pm daily.


Rock of Gibraltar:

Rock of Gibraltar is the main attraction and landmark of the country is a massive mineral promontory and situated 426 meters (1,398 feet) above the sea level and Rock is Crown property of the United Kingdom and the rock is covered by nature reserve.


Catalan Bay:

Catalan Bay is a small bay and fishing village in Gibraltar and known as La Caleta in Spanish and tourists can enjoy the beaches along the bay and there are number of restaurants and visited by thousands of tourists all over the year.


Eastern Beach:

Eastern Beach is the largest beach on The Rock and it is 100 meters long and is a sandy beach surrounded by industrial and residential areas and one of the most popular and most visited beaches in the country.


Other places to visit in Gibraltar:

  • Europa Point
  • St Michael’s Cave
  • Siege Tunnels
  • Gibraltar Museum
  • The Mediterranean Steps
  • Moorish Castle
  • Gibraltar Botanic Gardens
  • Ibrahim-al-Ibrahim Mosque
  • Trafalgar Cemetery
  • Alameda Wildlife Conservation Park
  • St Andrew’s Church


Best time to visit Gibraltar:

Gibraltar experiences subtropical Mediterranean climate with warm summer from May to October and mild winter from November to April and best time to visit Gibraltar is from November to April.


Transportation facility to Gibraltar:

By Air:

Gibraltar International Airport is situated in the center of the country and owned by Ministry of Defense and operates scheduled flights to Heathrow, Gatwick, Birmingham and Manchester in the United Kingdom.


By Road:

Gibraltar is a small country surrounded by sea, forest and mountain region, but well connected to all the village and towns in the country and receives the buses from Spain and these buses will stop at the border of Gibraltar and from border there are numbers of buses running to different parts of the country.


By Ferry:

Gibraltar port receives large number of tourists from cruise ships is one of the busiest ports in the world and handles large cargo ships.


Accommodation in Gibraltar:

Gibraltar is of the major tourism destination in the Europe and has copious to offer for the tourists visiting the place from time and again. Tourists can select a hotel of their choice based on their budget, need and requirement. Tourists can take accommodation for short term stay as well as long term stay in such hotels. They can also book the hotels well in advance prior to visiting the city through online bookings. List of some of the hotels located in Gibraltar are as follows:

  • The O’Callaghan Eliott Hotel
  • AC Hotel La Linea by Marriott
  • Asur Campo de Gibraltar
  • Hostal París
  • Hostal Carlos II
  • Hotel Mediterraneo
  • Hotel Al Mar
  • Hotel Marina Victoria
  • Hotel Guadacorte Park
  • Hotel Alborán Algeciras
  • Apartamentos Vista Real
  • Montera Plaza
  • The Suites At San Roque Club

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