10 Need-to-Knows About Gibraltar
300 days of sunshine
Summer temperatures circa 25–31°C (77–88°F)
Late spring/early autumn temperatures circa 18-22°C (64–72°F)
Rainfall mostly early/late in the year
- Language: Everyone in British Gibraltar speaks fluent English, Spanish. Some also speak Yanito, a multicultural mix, just like the Gibraltarians!
- Currency: Sterling is king. Most places accept euros but you’ll get better rates at a bureau de change or bank. All major credit cards are widely accepted. Banks are generally open from 09.00 to 15.30, Monday to Thursday, and until 16.30 on Friday.
- Dialling codes: The International Access Code from Gibraltar to all countries is 00 + 44 (UK), 34 (Spain), 33 (France), 39 (Italy), 49 (Germany), 351 (Portugal) and 212 (Morocco). For anyone calling you in Gibraltar, the prefix is (+ 350) 200.
- Wifi: You can connect to the internet from most bars, restaurants and hotels and there are wifi hotspots at key tourist attractions around the Rock.
- Duty-free shopping: Cigars, cigarettes, alcohol and perfume are way cheaper than in Britain or Spain, thanks to Gibraltar’s VAT-free status. Mobile phones, cameras, designer sunglasses and electronics goods are other great buys.
- Electrics: Your UK appliances will fit Gibraltarian sockets. Electrical power is 220/240 AC, and sockets take 3 flat-pin plugs. You only need an adapter for 2-pin European appliances.
- Getting around: It’s only 2.3 square miles so you can walk to almost anywhere, especially around town, which is fairly flat. Ladies should bring flat shoes or wedges as some of the tiled streets are as slippery as cobbles. Driving is on the right.
- Healthcare: In the event of illness or accident, British citizens only need to show their passport to see a doctor or get hospital treatment on the same terms as Gibraltarians. EU Nationals need an E111 Form from their home country.
- The Frontier: If you plan to cross the border into Spain and want to dodge queues, check out the handy real-time webcam at http://frontierqueue.gi/
From a champagne yacht cruise to a sunset monkey safari with Gibraltar’s version of David Attenborough, you’ll be amazed at what’s new to do in and around Gibraltar. Here’s just a taster of what we can arrange.
Lower St Michaels Caves
In 1942, it was decided that an alternate entrance was required to improve air circulation within the emergency hospital, as well as to serve as an emergency exit in case of an air strike. Whilst blasting the rock in order to create an extra opening, another deeper system of caves known as Lower St. Michael’s Cave (or New St. Michael’s Cave) were discovered. The series of descending chambers are riddled with almost all known cave formations, including a lake of crystal clear water. Descend into a stunning treasure trove of natural limestone beauty.
Please note that this tour is on request and it involves absailing (recommended for adults only)
Cable Car & Rock Tour
See the best that the Rock has to offer with a 7-minute ascent of the Rock of Gibraltar with spectacular views of Europe and Africa all the way. At the summit, the Interactive Tour enables you to discover Gibraltar through a convenient hand-held audiovisual guide. It is a great introduction to Gibraltar as it gives you a thorough overview of Gibraltar’s intriguing history, geology and wildlife.
The top of the Rock has its own Ape Playground, just as you step out of the Cable Car, where you can experience all the fun of the famous Barbary Apes getting up to their usual mischief. Further up, there is a Family Restaurant and Coffee Shop where you can stop for a snack while admiring the stunning views.
- Price per adult: £24.00
- Price per child: £20.00
Sunset Monkey Safari
Delve into the secret life of Gibraltar Barbary Macaques in their natural habitat on a sunset safari to the Rock Nature Reserve, lead by a local primatologist.
- Price per adult: £28
- Price per child: £25
- Timing: Two hours
- Days: Tuesday & Thursdays
- Minimum: 6 pax (this trip requires a min and max of 6 people for it to take place)
Kite/wind surfing in Tarifa
Fly over the waves between two continents as you get to grips with this high-adrenalin sport in Spain’s surfing capital. For beginners aged eight and upward (must be able to swim).
- Price per adult: please check
- Price per child: please check
- Timing: Half day
Lunch in Tangier
A 45-minute trip across the Strait by fast ferry takes you into another world of exotic souks, snake charmers, tea houses and mouth-watering Moroccan cuisine. Includes a tour of the city, medina and Kasbah and traditional lunch.
- Price per adult: £80.00
- Price per child: £75.00
- Timing: 1 day
- Days: Wednesdays & Saturday
- Minimum number: 10 people
Jerez Sherry Tour
Make merry in Spain’s sherry capital. Watch the Equestrian School’s famous dancing pure-bred Andalusian horses, enjoy a sherry and tapas tasting at a traditional bodega and explore this elegant city’s quirky flamenco haunts.
- Price per adult: £65.00
- Price per child: £50.00
- Timing: 1 day
- Day: Thursday
- Minimum number: 10 people
A catamaran cruise to spot three types of dolphins disporting in the Bay of Gibraltar – bottlenose, striped and common dolphins. Don’t forget your camera!
- Price per adult: £22.00
- Price per child: £15.00
- Timing: 1.30 hours
- Private Dolphin Cruise: We charter the boat for your exclusive use to take you and your wedding party on an exclusive dolphin cruise
A whale of a time in the Gibraltar Strait. Five species cruise the world’s busiest shipping lane at different times of year: pilot, minke, sperm, fin and killer whales.
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- Timing: 3 hours
Dolphins and Monkeys combo
Cruise the Bay of Gibraltar to view dolphins, then sail up to the top of the rock by cable car to meet Gibraltar’s famous Barbary macaques.
- Price per adult: £27.00
- Price per child: £14.00
- Timing: please check
Discover the Rock’s magical underwater world of reefs, caves and historic wrecks. We work with the only 5* PADI Dive Centre in Gibraltar. Kit and transport included.
For scuba virgins, a gentle introduction to a hobby that will have you hooked. After a safety briefing on the beach, a professional PADI Instructor will swim by your side as you explore the shallow, sheltered waters of Rosia Bay, where Nelson was brought ashore in a rum barrel after the Battle of Trafalgar!
- Price per adult/child:£40
- Timing: (please check)
For qualified divers we can organise a variety of all-inclusive packages, including night dives.
- Single dive: £65
- Double dive: £85
- Timing: (please check)
Private use of a 6m RIB for a maximum for 5 qualified divers. You choose the dive site and time. Includes dive guide and kit.
- Price: £499
- Timing: 1 day
PADI Open Water Course
Gibraltar’s the perfect place to get scuba-qualified. You get English-speaking PADI instructors, 4 dives in Mediterranean waters, some theory and a licence to dive the world’s oceans with this internationally-recognised certificate.
- Price per adult/children over 10: £399
- Timing: 4 days
Champagne Yacht Charter
A half or full day’s sailing with an experienced skipper aboard a sleek motor yacht. Swim from the boat, learn the basic ropes of sailing or sit back and shoot the breeze with a bottle of champagne on ice.
Planning your wedding around one of Gibraltar’s stellar events could be just the ticket. Here’s just a taster of what’s coming up.
Gibraltar Music Festival
Generally 1st week in September. A two-day al fresco music festival headlining a host of top UK artists. It’s Glastonbury in the Med without the mud!
National Day, September 10
Join the Gibraltarians as they paint the town red, white and proud to celebrate their National Day.
Gibraltar Literary Festival
Generally 2nd week in November. World-famous authors share their trade secrets and autograph copies of their new best-sellers over a four-day event held in Gibraltar’s most emblematic buildings.
For a full list of events click here.
My Favourite Places
With its low ceilings and multiple levels, this quirky 19th century coffee warehouse is the centre of café society. There’s a colourful salad bar, a home cooked menu and a lip-smacking selection of cakes and speciality teas. This atmospheric café also does double-duty as an art gallery so you can drink in culture with your cuppa. Read more here.
Kings Bastion Leisure Centre
The last bastion in family entertainment, housed inside Gibraltar’s fortress walls. Knock ‘em down at 10-pin bowling (18 lanes of it), try out your Torvill and Dean moves at the ice rink or snuggle up to watch your favourite movie. The bridesmaids and pageboys will love the weekend family film programme. There’s a restaurant and sun terrace too. Read more here.
Jazz Night at the Elliot Hotel
The Rock’s take on Ronnie Scotts, the Veranda Bar is the place to be on Thursday nights. Chill out to smoochy, saxy sounds and all that jazz, as the George Posso Trio and guests serenade you by candlelight, inside the cosy bar or on the terrace under moonlight. Check out these sound bites.
Sunborn La Sala
If mingling with the glitterati is your thing, this cool new restaurant aboard Gibraltar’s floating super-yacht hotel has that celebrity sparkle, premier league style! Run by a group of ex-footballers, and a favourite with soccer supremos and TOWIE stars, fine dining + cool cocktails + A-list entertainment = the hottest tables in town! Check it out here.
Ramus Vegetarian Takeaway
One of Gibraltar’s best-kept secrets, this cosy haunt makes the freshest Indian treats in town. Think crisp onion bhajis, crunchy samosas and spicy veggie curries, says Monica. As it’s opposite her Events Emporium in Governor’s Lane, she should know. Why not check out some of her fabulous ideas for your wedding party while you’re there!
El Pulpero Argentinean Grill
Cloud 9 for carnivores, with the choicest Argentinean meat cuts you can watch sizzling on the grill. Delicious with a side of salad and a baked potato smothered in melted provolone cheese. Portions are huge, prices are reasonable and their chimichurri sauce is “the best”, says Monica. Super-friendly service and always full of locals – the true benchmark of excellence. Read more here.
Monica’s favourite little Italian place, set in a historic bombproof barracks. Amore will flourish under its dimmed lighting and romantic vaulted ceiling. The pastas and pizzas are divine and the cutting-edge décor oozes pizzazz. In summer, the restaurant spills out into Casemates Square, the perfect piazza for people-watching while popping the cork on a bottle of chilled Prosecco. Read more here.
O’Reilly’s Irish Pub
The craic’s always great at this Victorian Irish theme pub on the waterfront in Ocean Village. It’s open from traditional Irish breakfast time (eggs, bacon, black pudding, hash browns – the works) through lunch and dinner, when you can enjoy international dishes, Emerald Isle favourites and, it goes without saying, the best draft Guinness in town. Sláinte! Read more here.
There’s a sassy Latin American vibe at Ocean Village’s popular quayside restaurant. The fab fusion menu of Native American, Spanish, African, and Caribbean dishes has Cuban cuisine covered, from naughty nachos smothered in cheese, guacamole and spicy jalapeños to tempting tamales, meat, rice and bean dishes and sides of yucca. The mojitos are mmmh, that good! You’ll Havana-mazing time! Read more here.
Fine dining with a funky twist is this bijou Irish Town bistro’s speciality. The atmosphere is romantic, the menu is electric. The classically-trained chef is a free spirit who dares to be different. Think lime and coconut with langoustine, salmon Caesar’s Salad with cajun spices, raspberries with tarragon cream … Dishes change seasonally but you’ll always be guaranteed an unconventional marriage of foodie flavours! Read more here.