The gateway to the Mediterranean, Gibraltar sits at the tip of southern Spain, yet remains part of the British sovereignty. This unique and intriguing overseas territory has one of the densest populations in the world, with over 30,000 people living in a few square miles.
Gibraltar’s occupation over the centuries has resulted in a rich cultural heritage – yet the colony appears strangely familiar to British tourists, with its traditional red phone boxes and English pubs.
Gibraltar may only be 2.6 square miles in size, but there’s a lot to see and do.
The local cuisine reflects the rich diversity of cultures that have mingled within the community throughout Gibraltar’s history, with culinary influences ranging from British, Andalusian, Arabic and North African Berber, to Maltese, Portuguese and Genoese.
You’ll find no shortage of eateries in which you can sample delicious fresh seafood or try the local Calentita, a baked bread-like dish which is made with chickpea flour, water, olive oil, salt and pepper and is considered to be Gibraltar's national dish.
Head to Casemates Square, Queensway Quay Marina or the pedestrianised Irish Town for a great selection of restaurants, traditional pubs, and wine and cocktail bars, or venture down a side street to find a cosy cafe.
Queensway Quay Marina
Gibraltar is VAT-exempt, and has therefore become an attractive duty-free haven for shoppers, offering great deals and low prices on high-value items.
Your first point of call for a sport of retail therapy must be Main Street, where you’ll find a number of familiar British high street names, including Marks and Spencer, Dorothy Perkins and BHS.
Next, take a turn down one of the smaller side streets, where you can explore the fantastic selection of jewellery, leather, glass and ceramics on offer.
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