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’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.
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.
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.
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.
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.