Overviw of Gibraltar
Gibraltar is an amazing place. Just 7 miles of property, and something for everyone, with most of it steeped in history. The beauty of the area can’t be denied and for that reason alone, if no other, a trip to Gibraltar should be in your plans for a holiday. The culture of Gibraltar reflects Gibraltarians' diverse origins. While there are Spanish and British influences.
The Rock of Gibraltar is located at the entrance of the Mediterranean. Its strategic location and history have made it an international symbol of solidity and strength, and its name frequently features in the world press and media. Day, as a self-governing British Overseas Territory the locally elected Government of Gibraltar has created a solid and diverse economy. In a modern Europe, this has its base in offshore finance, shipping, tourism, and the Internet rather than the historic military past. There is, however, much of that for the tourist to see, along with the famous apes, and the dolphins in the bay.
Weddings in Gibraltar have become very popular and attracted many celebrities over the years to marry here; including the famous John Lennon (The Beatles) to Yoko Ono .Tourism is also a significant industry. Gibraltar is a popular port for cruise ships and attracts day visitors from resorts in Spain. The Rock is a popular tourist attraction, particularly among British tourists and residents in the southern coast of Spain. It is also a popular shopping destination, and all goods and services are VAT free.
When seen from a historical viewpoint, Gibraltar is unlike any other area on earth. So many different countries have claimed Gibraltar, each leaving an indelible mark on the area, as well as remnants of their own occupation of Gibraltar. As small as the area of Gibraltar is, it would literally take you a week to see all that you can possibly see of Gibraltar, so you’re quite likely going to have to pick and choose among what interests you the most if your time here is limited.
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Pounds - but not as you know them!
Don't forget, your very nicely coloured Gibraltar notes and Gibraltar coins are not legal tender back in the UK. Use them up before returning - make sure your mates don't go paying in English tender if you've still got Gibraltar money to get rid of!!!
St Michael's Cave you wish you could be trapped
St Michael's Cave is Wonderful it would indeed be wonderful to be trapped here when a classical peace of music is being played.
Concerts take place often I was told.
Unique Suggestions: Try and find out if any concerts etc are taking place and go!
It's magical visiting but must be wonderful to be there when a concert is taking place.
The caves are lit with coloured lights.
Stalactites and stalagmites.Related to:
- Theater Travel
This does not have much to do with Gibraltar, but while you are there you might be tempted to take a tour to Morroco. It is advertised through Gib and it's their tour, and just in case you might be thinking "what better time than now"- DON'T GO! I took the tour and still regret it.
The day was a nightmare. The whole trip was about taking you to one of the worst places ever, to manipulate you into buying everything. And I don't mean the usual persuading and bargaing that are to be expected, this was actualy set up by the tour guy, and you do not go to the promised city until you buy something. When you are determend and say no, the tour guy will try to persuade you into it also, giving you a long lecture like you are a little spolied ritch brat how poor these people are and that it would be a right thing to do, then they get offended and pissed off. Like you haven't paid for the tour too much already. So by the time you get to Tanger the day is more or less over, while you were promised that you will go straight there in the morning.
You will be much better orginazing a trip on your own. *
A British Phone Box
These red phone boxes are becoming a thing of the past, and should imagine to some they are collectors items.
I couldnt resist having my pic taken in this one which is in the Botanic Gardens. I wonder how many people besides me have gone in for their picture to be taken.Related to:
- Family Travel
A long wait!!!!
Its not really a tourist trap although you do feel trapped and that is when you are queuing to get over the border. This is not when you are walking, that only takes minutes, but when you have a car. The longest time we queued was one hour and 40 minutes, seemed like a whole day!!!!! The shortest time was about 15 minutes. Queues can form because of the amount of traffic, but also when a plane is landing/taking off as you have to drive across the runway. As there are only about 3 planes a day landing here its not too much of a problem, however when we were there the Royal Air Force with about 12 of their planes were on practice flights and that was one of the main reasons for the long wait.
Unique Suggestions: Probably best to have a drink in the car and even something to eat.Related to:
- Family Travel
Upper Rock Nature Reserve's Souvenir Shops
The one that I visited was outside of St. Michael's cave. The prices of the items in here are almost double what they cost in town. I bought the same decorative mug for 6 Pounds in town that cost 13 up on the rock. Buyer Beware!
Just to be aware that if you you take the Taxi tour around the Rock, they dont actually take you to the top.
We spoke to some people who had done the Taxi Tour, and had been told by a taxi driver that it wasnt possible to get to the top as it wasnt open to the public.
If you want to go to the top (You really should) Get the vertigo inducing Cable Car, or walk up
St Michael's cave is too 'sexed up'
St Michael's cave is somewhat over-hyped. If you have not been in a cave complex before it is worth the visit, but otherwise it is a bit of an anti-climax.
Why not visit places that are more peculiar to gibraltar, like the siege tunnels ?
Unique Suggestions: Try to book in for a concert - then you can admire the space for free (apart from the cost of the performance!)
Fun Alternatives: Get caves out of your system elsewhere in the world.Related to:
- Arts and Culture
Gibraltar is very small. It has not much more than the main street. This has a fake air that does not make it worth it. It is like transporting the typical Street of a boring English town to andalusia. You better concentrate on the rock and the beautiful views of the African coast.
St Michaels Caves.They are...
St Michaels Caves.
They are part way up the road to the Rock, it is always busy. the caves served as a hospital during WW2. But is now used for concerts and what a setting for all sorts of activities. A place for Photogaphers. :-)
Stayed at the hotel for 3 nights this July.Room comfortable and very clean and tidy.Breakfast...more
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