Gibraltar holidays

Essential Information

When To Go

Spring, Summer, Autumn
March – May

June – August
September, October

Getting There

163 £GBP

LCY → GIB

Stay There

112 £GBP

4-star hotel

Visas

Tourist Visa
not required

Currency
Gibraltar, Pound
1.00 USD = 0.78 GIP
CURRENT WEATHER
Rain
+29°C
Airport Transport

Bus: 1 £GBP (5 min)
Restaurants
Lunch ≈ 8 £GBP
Dinner (for two) ≈ 27 £GBP
Espresso ≈ 1.70 £GBP
Bottled water ≈ 0.75 £GBP
Health & Safety
Emergency numbers:
Ambulance: 190
Police: 199

Why Gibraltar

Gibraltar may look towards North Africa; however it can feel more British than Britain itself. This United Kingdom outpost since 1713 jutting out from the Andalusian coast has streets that are home to English-style tearooms, pubs with names like The Admiral Nelson and even red pillar post boxes.

However Gibraltar isn’t just a piece of Mother England abroad. Its rocky peak, which is accessed by cable car, features stunning views of the Mediterranean Sea, Atlantic Ocean and across to Morocco’s Rif mountain range. Gibraltar also has a nature reserve that is home to Barbary Macaque monkeys, and its hillsides hide stalactite-filled limestone grottos such as the amazing St Michael’s Cave. Meanwhile in the town’s centre you’ll find busy plazas such as Grand Casement Square and a museum that documents the history of the city, most people come on holidays in Gibraltar to sit back and relax, sipping on drinks in the waterside bars around the marina, trying to get Lady Luck on their side in the casino or on the small sandy beaches at Sandy Bay and Catalan.

When to go

Learn some facts about the climate before planning your holidays to Gibraltar. Gibraltar has warm summers and mild winters. The average temperature annually is about 21 degrees Celsius (70 Fahrenheit) by day and 15 degrees Celsius (59 Fahrenheit) at night. January is the coldest month, when temperatures range from 11 to 18 degrees Celsius (52 – 64 Fahrenheit) by day and 9 to 14 degrees Celsius (48 – 57 Fahrenheit) at night, average sea temperatures are 15 to 16 degrees Celsius (59 – 61 Fahrenheit). August is the warmest month, when typical temperatures range from 25 to 31 degrees Celsius (77 – 88 Fahrenheit) by day and more than 20 degrees Celsius (68 Fahrenheit) at night, average sea temperature – 22 degrees Celsius (72 Fahrenheit).

Where to go/stay

Gibraltar hotels are typically more expensive than in Spain, but many people prefer to shell out extra to stay on Gibraltar holidays for its convenience and British-style home comforts. If you are seeking cutting-edge boutique style hotels, Gibraltar is not really the place. There are perfectly fine places to stay, but they tend to range from corporate to modest. For a more up-market stay, head south to the town of Tarifa.

Things to do

More than just a home away from home for UK sun-seekers, the city of Gibraltar also has the incredible views and stunning natural attractions you expect from the Mediterranean.

Gibraltar holidays allow you to become acquainted with this British outpost’s picturesque old town and compact beaches. Gibraltar is also an ideal base for exploring nearby parts of Spain – the Costa del Sol and the glamour resort, Marbella, are just a day trip away.

For shopping head to Main Street which stretches from the Governor’s Residence to the famous Casemates Square.

Gib, as some affectionately call it, has been British territory since it was captured by British and Dutch Marines in 1704, but it has a history of Spanish, Arab and Moorish occupation, explaining the multicultural inhabitants and multiple building styles that can be seen today.

A trip up to the top of the Rock of Gibraltar itself is an absolute must-do on your holidays to Gibraltar. Expect stunning views of Spain and across to Morocco from the summit. You’ll also most likely see Barbary apes, which clamber around the rock in their hundreds.

Visit the Seige Tunnels during your holidays in Gibraltar, which were dug out in the late 18th century by the British when France and Spain held Gibraltar under siege for four years.

St Michael’s Cave is also incredible, actually a network of stunning caverns, caused by natural hollowing out of the limestone by rainwater, with their towering stalactites and stalagmites, an underground lake, and believe it or not…a concert hall, make for an incredible sight.