Gibraltar getaway

Head to The Rock for a spot of retail therapy

Muse

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.

See the sights

Gibraltar may only be 2.6 square miles in size, but there’s a lot to see and do.

  • Rock of Gibraltar – home to the famous semi-wild Barbary Macaques, this iconic rock was historically recognised as one of the pillars of Hercules, and today separates the territory from Spain
  • Europa Point – on this southernmost tip of Gibraltar stands the renowned Europa Point lighthouse, offering views across the straits of Gibraltar to the north coast of Africa
  • Cable Cars – this 10-minute ascent transports you from the city centre to the top of The Rock, and is the best way to take in the views of the colony and its surrounds
  • Gibraltar Museum – containing an extensive collection of artefacts, including weapons, costumes and coins, the museum covers the entire history of Gibraltar, from the Jurassic period up to present day
  • Moorish Castle – one of Gibraltar’s most popular attractions, the castle was originally constructed in the 8th century by the Moorish Tarik, and was rebuilt and added to over the centuries

Savour the local flavours

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

Queensway Quay Marina

Shop ‘til you drop

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.

Planning your trip

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(24 October 2013)