When you’re looking for a beautiful new holiday destination that has plenty to offer during your trip, Gibraltar should be high up on your list. This little British territory acts as the gateway between Europe and Africa, giving you plenty of scope to explore. But it’s not just the location that makes ‘The Rock’ a fun trip; in fact, we’ve got seven reasons to start planning your visit now.
Gibraltar might be a small part of the Iberian Peninsula but that’s not a bad thing. You can easily get from one district to another, especially when you’re staying right in the town centre with the O’Callaghan Hotel Group.
It’s a time capsule of British culture
When you step on to Gibraltar it’s like stepping back into Britain in the 70s. This territory might connect to Spain but its culture is very much British. The quaint square and districts are like exploring a British seaside town from a bygone era so expect to see the traditional red pillar boxes and fish and chips shops to tuck into.
It’s the perfect base to explore Europe and Africa
Visiting Gibraltar means you have a huge range of day trip options, giving you plenty of opportunities to explore both Europe and Africa. Spain is one of the most obvious destinations and you can walk right over the border. Another popular choice with tourists seeking some African flavour is vibrant Morocco – just a short ferry trip away.
The locals are friendly
In Gibraltar the tourists and locals mingle, whether you’re relaxing on one of the beautiful beaches or shopping on the lively Main Street. Staying at the Eliott Hotel Gibraltar puts you right at the centre of daily life and you’ll find that the locals are more than happy to strike up a conversation and point you in the direction of a hidden gem.
You can adventure underground
One of the aspects that sets Gibraltar apart is its underground world. First noted by the Romans, you can explore St Michael’s Cave for dramatic views and an adrenaline rush. On top of that, the locals here built a labyrinth of tunnels to protect them from invaders and today you can step through them too and soak up the history.
There are stunning hikes in the nature reserve
If you love getting outdoors and back to nature, you’ll definitely want to make sure you add a hike to your holiday plans. The nature reserve is a beautiful place to stroll and you can even head to the top of The Rock, where you’ll be rewarded with captivating views of Europe and Africa. From the Eliott Hotel Gibraltar, you’re just a short walk to the lush reserve.
You can get close to wildlife
This list wouldn’t be complete without mentioning Gibraltar’s most famous and cheeky residents – the Barbary macaques. They’re the only monkeys that roam free in Europe and their cute looks and mischievous nature have caught the hearts of tourists for years. They’re typically found in the nature reserve and make great photo subjects but be careful, they can be troublesome. If you’re looking for more wildlife, heading out on one of the popular boar trips gives you a chance to catch a glimpse of dolphins, whales, flying fish, and turtles.
The food is delicious
British culture is evident across Gibraltar but some Mediterranean influences have remained. The result is an electric mix when it comes to cuisine. From a traditional British bangers and mash to tapas, the food here is delicious. The seafood in particular is tasty and fresh on Gibraltar.