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Sandwiched at the crossroads of Europe and Africa, the sunny island of Gibraltar is fondly known as 'The Rock.' Its lengthy period of history under British colonial rule ensures a sprinkling of Anglo tradition within the city area, with its iconic red telephone boxes and fish and chip shops. Yet your Gibraltar holidays won’t resemble a mere slice of Britain, especially when you wander by its whitewashed villas and encounter the famous Barbary apes playing in the treetops. The local language flips between Spanish and English, while a typical day could find you enjoying a traditional afternoon tea followed by a stint at a tapas bar in the evening.
Central Gibraltar is neat and compact, with accommodation to suit every budget on holidays to Gibraltar. Many of these are located along Main Street in Gibraltar's city centre. Irish Town runs parallel to Main Street and is also home to a number of accommodation options, bars, and restaurants. If you want to get away from it all, a stay in the quaint fishing village of Catalan Bay allows you to escape from the city centre's traffic and bustle. Resort hotels offer amenities including spas, golfing facilities and beach access, while a charming bed and breakfast allows you to experience the best of Gibraltar's hospitality.
With an elaborate network of caves and tunnels, Gibraltar holidays provide a unique opportunity to explore the hidden labyrinth inside the rock itself. Gibraltar's status as an elusive fortress dates back to Greek mythology when it was listed as one of the Pillars of Hercules, marking the edge of the known world. You can engage further with this ancient heritage and culture on a tour of Gibraltar.
Although Gibraltar's geography and history may leave a significant footprint, its daily pace of life is slow and charming. On holidays to Gibraltar, visitors can enjoy the abundant sunshine on sandy beaches including Sandy Bay and Eastern Beach. Later you can relax on the terrace with a cup of tea in Catalan Bay, or watch the world go by in central Casemates Square as it heats up at night with lively bars and traditional pubs. The Rock has a long history as a trading port and today remains an excellent location for shopping, whether you fancy chic boutiques on Main Street, artisan glass at the Gibraltar Crystal Factory, or the hustle and bustle of the Gibraltar Public Market.
Many of the most notable attractions of holidays in Gibraltar are neatly situated within the Upper Rock Nature Reserve. Here you'll find the Moorish Castle and St Michael's Cave along with some of the Rock's most notorious inhabitants, the mischievous Barbary Macaque Apes. Most of them hang out around the Apes' Den, although you'll see them perched on top of the cable car station or near the Great Siege Tunnels. The Military Heritage Centre is also located inside the Upper Rock Nature Reserve, showcasing an exhibit regarding the siege of 1779. History buffs won't want to miss a trip to the Gibraltar Museum, which displays the island's history from Neanderthal times up until today.
Relax in the tranquil Alameda Botanic Gardens or enjoy sailing, fishing, and diving along Gibraltar's rocky coastline. You may even spot dolphins playing in the waters surrounding Gibraltar, particularly if you take an explorative sightseeing boat tour.
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