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Published October 29th 2012
It is quite unusual to find yourself in Gibraltar especially if you lack in the money department as it appears the only tourists here are rich English yachtsmen enjoying their home from home. However, it has not always been like that and there are still ways around to experience Gib on a budget.
Unfortunately as Gibraltar has become more and more popular with the business and upper class, hotel prices have become more and more expensive, and being only a mile long there isn't a very big variety to choose from and not much competition means not a lot of cheap deals. You may end up paying pricey amounts for a basic (but nice) hotel like The Bristol, or more extravagant amounts for the wonder that is 'The Rock.'
Another option is to stay just outside the border in La Linea, Spain, and come into Gibraltar, hotel prices are much cheaper, but for a reason, La Linea, doesn't have the best reputation especially when it comes to gangs and burglary. And the on going dislike between the Spanish and Gibraltarians probably means you won't get the nicest response from security crossing over the border most days.
A side from hotels, there is 'Ocean Heights' a more affordable accommodation if staying long term but not highly recommended by the locals. But to most back packers/budget holiday-makers rescue comes the hostel! Yes, even somewhere as small as Gibraltar offers Emile youth hostel. Described as 'very Gibraltarian- a little bit of English in the middle of everything European.' Prices start at £15 per night and include free breakfast.
So now you've got a place to stay but why did you end up in Gibraltar anyway? Road Trip? Gibraltar is easy to get to if you're road tripping down to the South of Europe, in fact, it actually offers 'Europa Point' the most southern point in Europe where it boasts fantastic views of two seas, three countries and two continents! But why stop there? Hop on a ferry with ease and affordable prices to Tangier, Morocco, less than an hour away!
So what does Gibraltar have to offer? Well for one, a huge rock! No really, Gibraltar is pretty much just one huge rock! Hence the rock of Gibraltar, everything is built on and around it. From a beautiful well to do marina and restaurants to Main Street where you can find everything from duty free perfume (watch out as when cruise ships dock prices go up) to pizza hut to the one and only night club. From modern apartments to original Spanish houses, the beautiful Alameda gardens to the great Siege tunnels, Europe's furthest point at europa point to st.michael's cave, oh and monkeys. Yes, that's right, Gibraltar is home to over 100 wild barbary macaques who just like to hang out on the top of the rock in between stealing ice cream and making young children cry, but all in all a right laugh!
So, on a budget Gibraltar has to offer some fantastic views, beautiful walks, interesting climbing routes, fascinating history, no exchange rates and some good old fashioned monkeying around! Check out the www.mygibraltar.co.uk]website for more information.