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How to Spend a Day in Gibraltar

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by Yvette (subscribe)
I'm a freelance journalism graduate living in the North of England.
Published September 29th 2012
The Rock of Gibraltar
The Rock of Gibraltar


Gibraltar is a slice of Britain in the sun.

With its tax free shopping, British boozers and scorching weather, Gibraltar is becoming increasingly popular with holidaymakers, especially those in the Costa del Sol who look to take a day trip away from their resorts.

Gibraltar has been British since 1704, so when you go expect to see all the things you are used to seeing at home. Red phone boxes, red post boxes and British bobbies all make Gibraltar a home from home for the typical Brit.

The main attraction in Gibraltar is the Rock itself. A huge mass of limestone rising out of the sea, Gibraltar has to be seen to be believed.

For just 8 for adults and 4.50 for kids, you can take a cable car up to the top of the Rock.

From there you will have spectacular views across Gibraltar, over to Spain and if the weather is clear, you might be lucky enough to see across to Africa.

View of Gibraltar from the top of the Rock
View of Gibraltar from the top of the Rock


You can take time out for a bite to eat at the Rock's cafe and coffee shop whilst admiring the views.

And for the kids (and big kids too), the top of the Rock is also home to the famous Barbary apes. One word of warning though don't eat food in front of the apes otherwise they'll try to nab it off you!

The Bay of Gibraltar is home to many dolphins and whales. A Dolphin Safari boat trip from the Marina Bay is definitely recommended if you have a few hours to spare, with tickets at just 25 for adults and 15 for kids.

The price also includes a sightseeing commentary on the boat and as well as dolphins, you are also able to see flying fish, turtles and many of the ships around the coasts of Spain and Morocco.

Or you could sit back, relax and catch the rays to top up your tan. Eastern beach is a popular relaxation point among tourists and locals alike.

Another main tourist attraction in Gibraltar is the shopping it's a shopper's paradise.

Along the Main Street you will see many familiar high street shops. Marks & Spencers, BHS and Topshop to name but a few.

But, of course, the best thing about shopping in Gibraltar has to be the tax free prices.

Booze and cigarettes are up to 50% cheaper than back home. A carton of 200 cigarettes costs just 10 and a 1.5L bottle of Jack Daniels will only set you back 9.

And if you are still not ready to hit the sack after all that shopping, you could always have a flutter in Gibraltar's very own 24-hour casino.

If the casino leaves you wanting to lead the lifestyle of James Bond himself, you can always check into the Rock Hotel where Roger Moore has stayed on several occasions, along with the likes of John Lennon and Yoko Ono who actually got married at the hotel.

Imagine that!
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