The Town / Main Street, Gibraltar
The area of the centrally located Casemates Square used to be the old town of the first city which was built here by the Moors. After 13 sieges it was completely pulled down in 1731 and a square was formed. The area was fortified by the Casemates Gates which were opened in 1727.
Nowadays Casemates Square is the entertainment centre of Gibraltar. It consists of countless places to drink and eat, as well as all sorts of shops. You also find various statues and memorial plaques here.
When wandering around Gibraltar you will notice red information plaques near most sights and at historic places. If you spot one of them then you know that there is something interesting to see and to read.
The plaques are made out of metal and show Gibraltar's coat of arms which consists of a three-towered castle with a golden key.
Favorite thing: A lot of English speaking people will have heard of the term ‘Gibberish’ – used when someone cannot be understood that well. This term actually came from Gibraltar, from a llanito habit of changing between Spanish and English in their sentences.
Favorite thing: You'rr bound to end up wandering down the Main Street at some point. You'll pass high street British shops such as Marks and Spencers and plenty of Duty Free Shops to buy your perfume, booze and fags. If you keep going, you'll also get an idea of how this place has a British colonial air, but retains a subtle Spanish-ness. Carry straight on down south and you'll reach tha Trafalgar Cemetery, a pretty little place to take a few moments pause to contemplate what made Gibraltar British.
Favorite thing: Gibraltar isn't really my personal idea of a holiday location, but there are lots of other places you can get to from it. However, it's true what others say, that the shops are really worth visiting. It is just like a piece of Britain overseas - British shop names, British red 'phone boxes (but now sadly replaced with modern boxes), British type currency. The picture here is so typically British (except for the palm trees) - it was even raining! Compare this picture with the one in the introduction. Only the 'phone boxes seem to have changed. This street is now a pedestrianised area (2003)
Buy some post cards, write them to your friends, whilst eating your meal. Then find a British post box, and pop them in!
The postage rates in Gibraltar are the same as in UK. 30 pence to Europe, and 40 pence to the Rest of the World (USA, Aisia, NZ, etc)
Favorite thing: Gibraltar has a very British feel to it. Almost too British (like something out of the 1930's) with roads like Winston Churchill street and people walking around in unfashionable clothes, (very unSpanish). There are undoubtedly many middle aged British tourists here.
Favorite thing: When you arrive Gibraltar, firstly you will go to the tourist office. It is situated in the town centre. You can book the rooms and have all the information that you need. Also, there are lots of restaurants, pubs, shops nearby.
Favorite thing: Take a look around, The limited area of Gibraltar has been increased by land reclamation. The old city walls, only a few hundred yards from the base of the Rock mark the original boundaries of the town. Everything outside the walls is built on landfill.
As its name says this is the principal street in town, where 90% of the shops are, and the most touristic part of Gibraltar. The main part of it starts in the Casamates Sq and ends in The Convent. Its daily rush makes a great contrast with the quiet narrow streets around it, where you can feel the real charm of the colony.
It's very nice to walk in to main street,ans show the shops.
Fondest memory: The compactness of a city done livable,it's like to live in a flabe,in this place out of the stress,the traffic of the big cities.
Favorite thing: This is main street towards the Southport Gates. You will find many shops and restaurants along the street. But the shops closed very early.
Fondest memory: going into all the shops and deciding what I should buy and could get back with me in hand luggage, it is incredably cheap there for all goods, jewelrry and Camera Equipment compared to the UK.
First if you arrive Gibraltar you cros the Airfield.
Fondest memory: This i never seen anywhere else.
If a Airplane starts or landing, its like at a Railway barrier.