Sat snuggly on the southern end of the Iberian Peninsula leading into the beautiful Mediterranean, holiday-makers will find the perfect place for a sunny short break in Gibraltar – which coincidently happens to be our Destination of the Month for May.
To this day Gibraltar stands as a British Overseas Territory making it a hot spot for UK tourists in need of an alternative staycation. With its prime location adjoined to sunny Spain and above the incredibly exotic Morocco, excited travellers can enjoy a whole host of things to see and do, plus lots of glorious sunshine.
To give you an idea of what you can get up to in Gibraltar this summer, we’ve put together some fantastic hotels and attractions we recommend you check out.
So first things first, where to stay?
4* The Rock Hotel, Gibraltar
As the oldest established hotel in Gibraltar, The Rock Hotel offers all the charm and tradition us Brits can’t resist! Boasting panoramic views of North Africa and the stunning Spanish mainland, it’s the ideal place to relax and enjoy the beautiful surroundings.
Not only a place for picture perfect views, the hotel restaurant offers sumptuous two AA Rosette awarded food, as well as a poolside bar serving summer snacking essentials of cocktails, burgers, fries and much, much more. For those seeking a leisurely day soaking up the sun, a tranquil garden and outdoor swimming pool provides just the spot you need.
3* Bristol Hotel, Gibraltar
Sun seekers after a budget short break this summer will find the Bristol Hotel more than adequate for your needs! Set in the heart of Gibraltar town, you’ll be close to all the action with an attractive walled garden and outdoor swimming pool on hand for those relaxing days in sun. With it’s hard to-refuse price tag, and extremely comfortable and accommodating facilities, this hotel is a fantastic choice for a summer adventure that won’t break the bank.
Now, what to do and where to go?
The Cable Car
A visit to Gibraltar is not complete without a trip up the iconic Rock of Gibraltar. Ascending to 412m above sea level, the cable car is by far the best way to take in the amazing views of Gibraltar bay and the Rif Mountains of Africa. If beautiful views aren’t enough to persuade you, then perhaps the local residents can help. They’ll be happy to greet you off the cable car and show you their home, but beware…they’re prone to take things, so hold on to your belongings – and no, I’m not taking about incredibly rude humans, I’m talking about the furry and friendly Barbary Apes that live on The Rock.
Now we’ve all heard of a beer run, but how about a marmalade run? Intriguing I think you’ll agree. This unique tour ventures through the picturesque town and village of Estepona and Casare, where you’ll discover some of Spain’s finest orange and lemon groves – hence why it’s cleverly called the marmalade run! To complete your day out, you’ll enjoy delicious tapas on the coast, as well as a trip to see an old fortress and church sat at a staggering 1,400ft above sea level.
With Estepona’s charming coastal character and Casare’s enchanting village views, it’s a fantastic way to explore two beautiful and unique Spanish towns. And of course, the excursion will bring you safely back to Gibraltar to continue your little summer break.
Taste of Africa Day Trip
There’s not many opportunities to visit Africa without actually visiting Africa, but Gibraltar has it covered. Doing exactly what it says on the tin, this trip allows you to experience a little taste of Africa on a day trip to Tangier. Perfect for those curious travellers who want a glimpse of exotically wonderful Morocco, the tour is a truly unique experience with plenty of stunning scenery and local foodie treats to get your hands on.
For more information about the Taste of Africa Day Trip, check out our Vikki’s very own Gibraltar inspired blog post.
Have you ever taken a short break to Gibraltar? Where did you stay? What did you do? Send us your best recommendations for exploring the area using the comments box below.