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Pick up your hire car at Gibraltar airport and explore the small but perfectly formed sunny delights of this British territory.

60-second guide to Gibraltar

in its own head

"Gibraltar rocks. British culture, Spanish weather. What's not to like?"

but more realistically

Gibraltar isn't really about fish and chips in the sun. This vibrant place has a unique charm of its own, along with a complex networks of tunnels and caves, a pleasant bay and the famous Rock of Gibraltar.

the vibe

Although Gibraltar is a British territory, there are still plenty of reminders that you're only just over the border from Spain and life moves at a friendly pace.

the natives

Gibraltan British, who make up over 80 per cent of the population, are of Genoese Italian, Maltese, Portuguese and Andulucian Spanish descent. They speak Spanish and English - often both at the same time.

the weather

You can leave the thermal underwear at home - the island has a typically warm Mediterranean climate and can get really steamy in July and August.

the local speciality

The Rock is surrounded by sea, so you could do a lot worse than sample some of the local fish. You could also try calentita - a bread, made using chickpea flour.

the celebrity

If you thought the locals were looking a bit trendy, they may have taken a bit of fashion advice from award-winning designer John Galliano, who was born in Gibraltar.

did you know?

Pound sterling can be used freely in Gibraltar, so there's no need to visit the bureau de change before you travel.

they say

"In time, the Rockies may crumble, Gibraltar may tumble, they're only made of clay. But our love is here to stay." - American composer George Gershwin

5 to see in town...

1. Trafalgar Cemetery

The fascinating 18th-century cemetery contains the graves of soldiers who died at the Battle of Trafalgar and during the Napoleonic Wars.

where to park?

There is a car park by the cemetery and within the cemetery itself.

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2. Cathedral of St Mary the Crowned

This stunning Roman Catholic cathedral played an integral part in Gibraltar's history, and until the 19th century anyone who died in Gibraltar had the right to be buried under the cathedral floor.

where to park?

You can either use the Queensway Quay Complex car park or park in the Rosia Plaza.

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3. City Hall

The Main Street piazza is a pleasant place to hang out. As well as a great selection of restaurants and bars, there are also several standout buildings, like the City Hall, home to the official offices of Gibraltar's government.

where to park?

The best place to park is the Queensway Quay Complex car park.

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4. Gibraltar Museum

If you want to find out about Gibraltar's history, there's only one place to visit. The Gibraltar Museum houses an exhibition devoted to the Great Siege of the late 1700s, plus some of the best-preserved Moorish baths in Europe.

where to park?

The nearest car park is the Queensway Quay Complex. There are also parking spaces for the disabled on Line Wall Road, just past NatWest House.

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5. City Gates and Fortifications

Gibraltar has never been an easy place to invade. Take a look around its 18th-century gates and fortifications and you'll see why.

where to park?

The wall goes around the entire city, so take your pick.

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and 4 to drive to...

1. Europa Point

The southernmost point of Gibraltar offers spectacular views. On a clear day you can see the North-African coastline across the strait.

how to get there?

Head north on Signal Station Road toward Europa Road, and follow it all the way to Europa Point - it'll take about ten minutes.

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2. The Upper Rock Nature Reserve

If you thought the view from Europa Point was impressive, the vista from the top of the Rock will blow you away. You might have to share it with one or two monkeys though.

how to get there?

Take Signal Station Road toward Rock Gun Road, then follow Willis's Road, looking out for signs for the nature reserve. The journey will take no more than ten minutes.

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3. St Michael's Cave

The natural grotto frequently hosts classical music concerts, and there are few better places to enjoy melodic harmonies than among its dramatic stalagmites and stalactites.

how to get there?

The drive should take no more than ten minutes - just head north on Signal Station Road toward Rock Gun Road, then follow St Michael's Road all the way to the cave.

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4. Catalan Bay

This is one of the most popular tourist spots in Gibraltar, not least because of its large sandy beach and top-quality seafood restaurants.

how to get there?

Head north on Signal Station Road toward Rock Gun Road, then follow signs towards Catalan Bay. Catalan Bay Road will take you right up to the beach and the journey should take no more than 15 minutes.

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