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Gibraltar: Travel Diaries

Gibraltar, our latest travel destination and perhaps one of the strangest we’ve been to. Not because we didn’t have a fantastic time or have any bad experiences, it’s just a little different… politically, historically and with a weird mix of cultures.

Gibraltar Botanical Gardens

Gibraltar’s a British overseas territory but has been fought for between the UK and Spain for a very long time. On first glance you may wonder why it’s worth the government such a hassle but we learnt whilst there that it’s a booming trading hub, a prime port destination and boasts a unique chance to eat fish and chips in real sunshine.

For that reason, the culture is heavily influenced by Britain. Fish and chips and afternoon tea is all over the restaurant menus, there are attempts at British pubs dotted about and they also use Pound Sterling. Although it’s not exactly making headlines everyday it’s also a talking point when it comes to Brexit… we won’t go in to that. 

Exploring Gibraltar

The Rock of Gibraltar

The Rock of Gibraltar

One major plus point from the trip is that we paid absolutely nothing for transport, reason being is that we walked everywhere we went, even from our airport to the hotel. With the weather being as good as it was we really had no excuse but to make the most of being able to do so. 

When we arrived we wasted no time, checked in and made our 30 minute stroll to explore the rock, planning to catch the cable car up towards one of the highest points on the rock. However we were stopped by a tour salesman offering to take us up to all points of interest, including St Michael’s Cave meanwhile saving us from having to make the hike up and down ourselves.  

Billy the Kid at the Rock of Gibraltar

Our first thoughts were to stay clear but we soon came to realise that he was actually offering a fantastic service, all at the same price as what you would pay for touring yourself around. It was the best decision we made the whole trip. Not only did we have our transportation and Nature Reserve paid for with £30 per person, we also learnt most things we now know about Gibraltar by our brilliant guide, Jeremy.

Stopping multiple times whilst scaling the rock, we took time to capture Spain and Morocco in one panoramic photo, moved on up for our first encounter with the famous monkeys at St Michael’s Cave and then even further up to Ape’s Den. We’ll allow the photos to do the talking but this was for sure the highlight of our trip. The weather, the views and shear amount of monkeys was incredible and unique. 

St Michael's Cave in the Nature Reserve of the Rock of Gibraltar

St Michael's Cave in the Nature Reserve of the Rock of Gibraltar

This tiny country on the southern tip of Spain is inhabited by just 30,000 people and is dominated by its famous rock that runs almost from one end of the 2.6 square miles to the other. Give Gibraltar a Google and you’ll soon find that this is the main tourist attraction but besides this and in the nicest way possible, there isn’t a whole lot else to do.

We found ourselves having a much more leisurely experience than we’re used to on holiday (staying at The Sunborn Yacht Hotel helped that), often taking strolls through the tax free shopping streets, botanical gardens and taking regular Aper Spritz breaks.

Gibraltar Botanical Gardens   Gibraltar Botanical GardensRoom views at The Sunborn Yacht Hotel

Would we recommend Gibraltar? Absolutely. It promises an intriguing, sun filled and relaxed weekend away. Do let us know down in the comments if you’ve been and got any tips for this wonderful place.

It felt truly amazing to have continued our 2019 travels so soon after our previous trip to Miami, but we’ve much more to come very soon.

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20 Comments

  1. March 24, 2019 / 8:08 pm

    Oh my gosh I loved your previous post about where to eat but Gibraltar is just so beautiful! I need to book a holiday asap!

    Love, Amie ❤
    The Curvaceous Vegan

    • foodandbaker
      Author
      April 5, 2019 / 9:32 am

      I’m so glad you did! It’s such a stunning and interesting place to visit – you must visit one day!

      Thank you for reading and commenting☺️💕

  2. March 24, 2019 / 8:17 pm

    Gibraltar looks like a nice town! I love the views of the mountain and sea! Wow, the cave looks gorgeous. Love the picture of both of you ♥. Glad you had an amazing time!

    Nancy ♥ exquisitely.me

    • foodandbaker
      Author
      April 5, 2019 / 9:37 am

      It was a great time – the Rock had so much to offer!

      Thank you for reading and commenting☺️💕

  3. Claire
    March 25, 2019 / 5:07 pm

    Awwww. These photo’s are gorgeous! It looked like you had an amazing time. I love leaving travel posts! Thanks for sharing all about your trip and sharing all these lovely captures xx

    http://www.grabyourcamera.co.uk

    • foodandbaker
      Author
      April 5, 2019 / 9:38 am

      We had the best time and we love that we can share it!

      Thank you for reading and commenting☺️💕

  4. March 25, 2019 / 5:10 pm

    This post is really making me want to go to gibraltar! i need sun and a holiday! the sea and mountain look amazing!

    • foodandbaker
      Author
      April 5, 2019 / 9:39 am

      Omg this would be the best place – the sun was so goooood!

      Thank you for reading and commenting☺️💕

  5. March 25, 2019 / 5:14 pm

    Gibralter looks amazing, those caves are simply stunning! I don’t know very much about this country but I’m intrigued that you can see Morocco from here. And it’s great that you got such a fabulous tour guide too, that clearly made a world of difference. So glad you had a wonderful trip, can’t wait to see what else you’ve got planned for this year! x

    Lisa | http://www.lisasnotebook.com

    • foodandbaker
      Author
      April 5, 2019 / 9:44 am

      There was only a handful of things I knew and I was so intrigued that I had to visit and see and learn for myself!

      Thank you for reading and commenting☺️💕

  6. March 25, 2019 / 5:18 pm

    I always wanted to take a look at Gibraltar! This just makes me want to go there sooner, maybe I can add it as a destination when I do a Spain road trip 🙂

    • foodandbaker
      Author
      April 5, 2019 / 9:46 am

      Omg that is such a good shout – defo add it to your Spain road trip, it’s honestly not that far at all!

      Thank you for reading and commenting☺️💕

  7. March 25, 2019 / 5:19 pm

    Such a gorgeous photo of the two of you! I’ve always been intrigued by Gibraltar, my husband said similar to you about the British influences! Your tour sounds amazing, such a good way to explore!
    Hels xx

    • foodandbaker
      Author
      April 5, 2019 / 9:47 am

      Thank you Hels! You should defo visit yourself, you’d be so surprised! So worth the visit – easily done in a weekend!

      Thank you for reading and commenting☺️💕

  8. Jenny in Neverland
    March 25, 2019 / 5:45 pm

    As if I didn’t want to go there enough already! These photos are stunning, I love the sound of Gibraltar (and definitely their fish and chips!) <3

    Jenny
    http://www.jennyinneverland.com

    • foodandbaker
      Author
      April 5, 2019 / 9:51 am

      Omg you haaaave to go! Please do and let me know if you do!

      Thank you for reading and commenting☺️💕

  9. March 25, 2019 / 9:16 pm

    Your photos are amazing! So glad you had such a wonderful time! I have never visited Gibraltar, it looks such a beautiful place xxx

    Ashley
    https://lellalee.com

    • foodandbaker
      Author
      April 5, 2019 / 9:55 am

      I would honestly recommend it – we had the best time!

      Thank you for reading and commenting☺️💕

  10. March 27, 2019 / 4:29 am

    I want to visit this place, such a relaxing vibe, looking at that ship alone is relaxing

    • foodandbaker
      Author
      April 5, 2019 / 9:56 am

      So relaxing, so quiet and amazing!

      Thank you for reading and commenting☺️💕

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