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Gibraltar
Long famous as the "key to the Mediterranean," Gibraltar has been a British Overseas Territory since 1713 after being seized during the War of Spanish Succession. The "Rock of Gibraltar" rises out of the sea while the town of Gibraltar itself lies on the west side of the Rock.

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Wandering the Rock of Gibraltar

Near the southern tip of the Iberian peninsula and overlooking one of the world’s busiest shipping lanes, the Rock of Gibraltar or simply “The Rock” as it’s commonly known, rises out of the sea and is linked with mainland Spain by a narrow isthmus.

Given its proximity to Spain – one could almost toss a stone from the island to the mainland. Gibraltar’s sovereignty remains a bone of contention, and the Spanish government has, on occasion, been known to close the border. However, the island is generally accessible by bus, car, or on foot from the mainland. The port also serves as a busy terminus for cruise ships.

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Jack Baumann

Jack Baumann

Hi, my name is Jack Baumann, and I have a passion for helping independent travelers unlock the wonders of Europe. I founded Guidester - we build personal mobile guidebooks sourced from local experts - so travelers could cut through the noise and dive deeper into the wonders of Europe. I hope you enjoy my stories and tips!

Jack Baumann

Jack Baumann

Hi, my name is Jack Baumann, and I have a passion for helping independent travelers unlock the wonders of Europe. I founded Guidester - we build personal mobile guidebooks sourced from local experts - so travelers could cut through the noise and dive deeper into the wonders of Europe. I hope you enjoy my stories and tips!

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Local Tips

Cable Car:

Located 412 m above sea level, the Cable Car’s Top Station will give you a majestic view of Gibraltar with just 6 minutes to the top.

 

On top of Ohara's Battery is another good spot with an even better view of the Rock.

If you can arrive early take the cable car up and get the major sightseeing out of the early before the bulk of the tourists arrive. This way by mid-day you're finished with most of your attractions and won't have to wait in the hot afternoon sun.

You'll most likely be visiting Gibraltar by car. If so there are 7 car parks where you can park near Gibraltar and La Línea de la Concepción.

Gibraltar Parking Sta Bárbara.

COPARK Alcaidesa - La Marina.

IC Aparcamiento Centro.

IC Plaza Constitución.

COPARK Estación Marítima (Larga Estancia)

Mercure Algeciras.

Parking Mercado de Abastos - Algeciras.

 

Driving is on the right in Gibraltar and roads are narrow: drive slowly and watch out for pedestrians.

Where To Stay

Most visitors to Gibraltar don’t stay in Gibraltar and it’s not necessary. It’s better to base yourself somewhere on the Costa Del Sol in one of the many Spanish towns and cities. Marbella and Malaga are two preferred cities just 1.5 hours from Gibraltar. Marbella is probably a more desirable choice as it’s smaller and more quaint while Malaga is much larger and more commercial.

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Local Eats

Cuisine here is inspired by...
Gibraltarian cuisine is the result of a long relationship between the people of Spanish Andalusia and those of Great Britain, as well as the many foreigners who have made Gibraltar their home over the past three centuries.
Our favorite dining spot is...
Regarded as one of Gibraltar’s best-kept secrets, Gatsby’s has been around since 1988. It offers a number of high quality local European cuisine at a fair price.

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