If you’re after a cheap holiday in the sunshine that’s packed with history, culture and shopping, then Gibraltar could be just the destination.
Located on Spain’s southern coast, it’s long drawn every type of holidaymaker from hikers who want to explore the iconic Rock of Gibraltar, or party-seekers looking to make the most of the nightlife.
Not to mention that, because it’s a British Overseas Territory, the local currency is the pound – so no need to look into pesky exchange rates or try to calculate what you’re spending.
There’s plenty to see and do, so to give you a helping hand we’ve put together a guide to Gibraltar, covering everything from the best attractions and restaurants, to the top hotels you won’t want to miss.
Happy holiday planning!
What’s in the guide?
- Best things to see and do
- Best places to eat
- Top hotels
- How to get there
Best things to see and do
The Rock of Gibraltar
This iconic landmark stands at an impressive height of 426m, and it’s well worth a climb to the top for the views of the Mediterranean Sea and North Africa.
Meanwhile the Rock itself is home to plenty of historic and cultural gems including the eye-catching St. Michael’s Cave, not to mention there are 300 wild monkeys that have made the reserve their home (but don’t feed or interact with them, they’re wild animals!).
Don some comfortable shoes and pack plenty of water as the walk can be quite gruelling at times, and there are some stretches without much shade or places to sit and rest.
Don’t fancy the hike? You can ride a cable car to the top.
MTV Presents: Gibraltar Calling festival
Festival fans can enjoy the glorious backdrop of the Rock of Gibraltar while partying at this day-to-night festival which is part of the MTV Present series.
This year’s event takes place on Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd September with a line-up including Stormzy, Two Door Cinema Club, Rag’N’Bone Man, Rita Ora, Texas.
The southernmost point of Gibraltar offers up some beautiful panoramics, and there are plenty of places where you can stop and enjoy a cocktail at sunset to take in views of the Strait of Gibraltar and Moroccan coast.
Fun fact – it’s also the home of the only Trinity lighthouse outside of mainland UK.
Located 340m above sea level (higher than the tallest point of London’s Shard), Skywalk is a former military lookout transformed into a state of the art glass platform. It offers breathtaking 360 degree views of three countries and two continents at once – well worth a visit.
Located in the historic city centre, Casemates is renowned for its vibrant nightlife thanks to the bustling bars, pubs and restaurants. There’s everything from family-friendly restaurants to bars serving up exotic cocktails and cold beers, and there’s always a great atmosphere.
Purchases in Gibraltar are VAT free, so it’s no wonder it’s a hit with those after a spot of retail therapy. Main Street tends to be a popular spot as it offers everything from high end fashion to quirky independent boutiques.
Here you’ll find swanky bars, restaurants casinos and nightclubs, perfect for date night. Head to the Aqua Bar on the roof of the Sunborn Hotel for spectacular views of the marina – you might even spot some dolphins.
Best places to eat
You’ll find plenty of familiar restaurants in Gibraltar including the likes of Pizza Express, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t have its own foodie scene.
Here are some of the must-try dining spots to add to your itinerary…
A must-visit for fans of steak and seafood, this restaurant sits on the enviable waterside location of Marina Bay. It’s not too expensive either although it’s not the cheapest of options – one to bookmark for date nights or family meals.
Fancy a taste of home? Visit Lord Nelson on Casemates Square for traditional, and simply delicious, Fish & Chips. Decorated in a nautical theme and offering an authentic British pub food experience, Lord Nelson provides live music, live sport and great, fuss-free food.
The only exclusively vegetarian and vegan restaurant in Gibraltar is situated in a quirky, cave-like environment and serves up delicious, innovative dishes like Cauliflower Wings, Red Bean Burritos and Miso Stew.
Situated on the roof of the Sunborn superyacht hotel, this restaurant serves up delicious food, great atmosphere and amazing views, with dishes inspired by both the Mediterranean and North Africa.
You can also start the day off here with a great-tasting brunch – enjoy a selection of fresh fruit, freshly baked bread and pastries, cooked specialities, cold cuts, waffles and pancakes.
Located in Queensway quay, this traditional Spanish restaurant is run by a man from Andalucia who serves up authentic dishes from the region. The catch of the day is always fresh and cooked perfectly – and don’t miss out on the Jamon Iberico as a starter.
A luxury escape, complete with stunning views of the Gibraltar strait, this Art Deco style hotel is a favourite of the rich and famous – Sir Sean Connery, Sir Winston Churchill and John Lennon have all stayed here.
Rooms are spacious and boast contemporary design, while the outdoor pool is perfect for soaking up the rays or relaxing in after a day of exploring.
How much? You can find rooms from £130 per night on TripAdvisor .
This five-star superyacht hotel offers glitz and glamour aplenty, just minutes from the shops and bars of upmarket Ocean Village. Relax and unwind in the Infinity Spa, sip cocktails as the sun sets on at the rooftop Aqua Bar or get lucky at the Sunborn Casino Admiral.
How much? Double rooms start from £165 per night on Booking.com .
Conveniently located in the heart of Gibraltar and just one kilometre from the airport, this hotel takes inspiration from its Mediterranean surroundings. Many of the rooms enjoy stunning views of the Strait of Gibraltar and the rooftop pool and terrace make for an ideal spot to unwind.
How much? Double rooms start from £113 per night.
Nestled on the East side of the Rock of Gibraltar, this hotel offers guests direct access to the beach in Catalan Bay.
It’s also a 14-minute walk away from the Rock for those who do want to go exploring, or an 11-minute walk to the picturesque Sandy Bay if you’re looking to discover the landscape.
How much? Double rooms start from £156 per night on Hotels.com .
How to get there
easyJet offers direct flights from Bristol, London Gatwick, London Luton and Manchester, with fares from £25.18 each way .
Meanwhile, British Airways also offers direct flights with fares from £33 each way .
Alternatively, you can also fly to Malaga airport which is about 1.5 hours away, if you’re planning to add a trip to Gibraltar on to the end of your holiday.