57. Gibraltar, United Kingdom
Why Gibraltar, United Kingdom
I’m sure you’ve heard a lot about Gibraltar, but have you really been there? It’s a very interesting place to visit. Just being able to walk across the runway to enter the country should be a good enough “why?” for you.
Gibraltar is a British Overseas Territory. This means that it is under the jurisdiction of the United Kingdom, but is not part of the nation. It is located at the tip of Spain and just across from Morocco in Africa. It is actually close to Jerez de La Frontera another Unfamiliar Destination; number 5.
How To Get Here
You cannot get to Gibraltar by train. You can however take Renfe to Jerez de la Frontera and then take a local bus to La Linea the Spanish town across the border and then walk across the border.
Gibraltar is served by the Gibraltar International Airport (GIB). The following airlines serve the country: British Airways (BA) and easyJet Airlines (U2).
You can take local buses in Spain to La Linea which is the Spanish town on the Spain side of the border and then walk across the border. Once you cross over the border, you can take the #5 bus into the City Center or just walk.
If you are already in the region you can take the drive. Just use a service like Google Maps for directions.
Where To Stay
When I went to Gibraltar for the first time, I actually stayed across the border in Spain as it was a tad pricey to stay in Gibraltar itself. I stayed at the hotel Miramar (I think)in La Linea right at the Spanish border. Here’s my view. I can see the airport runway and the cruise ship port.
You can use this map to book hotels as well.
Where To Eat
There is lots to eat on Gibraltar. I really enjoy ice cream, but it was a tad expensive so I passed on it. You will find that Gibraltar is just a tad more pricey than he U.K. And also, if you take out money from the ATM there, you will get Gibraltar pounds which are actually only legal tender on Gibraltar.
What To Do
I really enjoyed Gibraltar, but that’s because I’m an aviation geek. You can walk across the runway and watch planes land and take off among other things.
You can also take a cable car to the top of the rock, visit the botanical gardens, St. Michael’s Cave and the Mediterranean Steps to name a few.
==>> Here is a list of things to do from Trip Advisor.
==>> Here are some tours from Viator.
Currency: Gibraltar Pounds which are 1 to 1 to the British Pound GBP