Car hire in Gibraltar
Hiring a car in Gibraltar
Located at the tip of Spain’s mainland is the British overseas territory of Gibraltar, a limestone rock which looks out over the glistening Mediterranean Sea. For over 1,000 years, Gibraltar has been recognised as an important naval base with a diverse population.
On average, Gibraltar has 320 days of sun each year, which is one of a number of reasons why this destination can be popular with tourists.
From the top of the Gibraltar rock, on a clear day, tourists can look out over the ocean to see the distant north African mountains, as well as having a beautiful viewpoint of the bay of Algeciras.
With a population of around 30,000 and an area of only 2.6 square miles, an outsider may think that Gibraltar is limited in terms of what it can offer to tourists. But with underground caves, beautiful beaches and many unique architectural buildings, this couldn’t be further from the truth.
What you need to know
With average summer temperatures soaring well over 20 degrees, and with the rocks extremely steep inclines, navigating your way around Gibraltar by foot alone is near enough impossible.
In addition to this, and due to Gibraltar’s many winding roads, public transport is limited and can often be unreliable. To make the most of your time visiting Gibraltar and to avoid expensive taxi rides, hiring a car is the most practical and cost effective way to explore the rock.
Holiday Autos compares prices from 1,500 suppliers by working with many major car hire companies and alongside independent local suppliers, so that you can rest assured that we will find the best car hire deal for you. Our booking tool is straightforward and easy to use but to avoid any problems we offer free cancellation and amendment and we never charge transaction fees.
Where to pick up your car
There are car hire outlets where you can book car rental located at the centre of Gibraltar, however when picking up your vehicle you will have to take a quick walk over the Spanish border to La Linea to collect your keys.
To ensure you find the best deal, we recommend you book through us before your trip and we will have your car keys waiting for you as soon as you touch down at the airport.
If you have booked your car hire before flying to Gibraltar International Airport (GIB)you will be able to find car hire providers located in the arrivals halls.
“The pick-up was easy, it took 5 minutes from arriving at the desk to driving out the car, and the return took even less time.”
Where to go
Offering car hire deals in more than 30,000 locations worldwide, over five million travellers have explored new places thanks to Holiday Autos. So once you’ve picked up your car keys it’s time to get yourself on the road and start exploring.
Where you choose to visit is entirely up to you and nowhere is out of bounds with the freedom of a hire car.
If you fancy some retail therapy, then head to the main high street which boasts a selection of tax-free designer and well-known British shops. If it’s stunning views you’re looking for, get snap-happy and take the cable car to the top of the rock as you look out over mainland Spain and the Mediterranean Sea. Or perhaps you just want to kick back, relax and sample the Spanish cuisine in one of Gibraltar's many cafes or restaurants? Whatever you’re looking for, Gibraltar’s got it covered.
It’s worth taking a visit to the mosque located at Europa Point which is the most southerly mosque in Europe and one of the largest outside of a non Muslim country. With beautiful architecture, and as it’s located with the rock towering over the building, the site offers a great opportunity to take pictures.
A drive to the top of the Gibraltar rock will leave you exhilarated, however after a certain point, the best way to take in the views is to continue by foot. There are a few parking areas at the top which are located near many lookout points and tunnel entrances. But driving isn’t for the faint hearted, with twisting and narrow roads and many sheer drops to the side, this route can sometimes be a struggle.
A trip to Gibraltar wouldn’t be complete without a drive to the Gibraltar Botanic Gardens, located at the foot of the rock, directly south of the town centre and just beyond the 16th century defensive walls and Trafalgar Cemetery.
Alternatively, to make the most of your hire car and for a slightly longer and less stressful drive, why not take a roadtrip across the Spanish border to Marbella, which is just over an hour away by car. With the Sierra Blanca mountains providing the perfect backdrop, Marbella boasts 27 km of sandy beaches, resorts and golf courses.
Top attractions to visit in Gibraltar
Take in some of the best sights in Gibraltar with the flexibility and independence your hire car offers you.
Barbary Macaques at the Apes’ Den
The Barbary Macaques are a species of tailless monkeys which are mostly found in Morocco and Algeria. Gibraltar is well known for it’s many monkeys which occupy the island and at the Apes Den you will be able to get up close and personal with the species who certainly are not shy!
Great Siege Tunnels
The labyrinth of tunnels also known as The Great Siege Tunnels are arguably the most impressive defence system devised by man and are located at the top of the Gibraltar rock.
One of the most popular tourist attractions in Gibraltar, the tunnels were carved out of the rock by hand during the Great Siege which took place between 1779 and 1783.
Casemate Square is one of the two main areas in Gibraltar where locals and tourists can enjoy restaurants, cafes and local shops. The square area and the Main Street run parallel to each other, with much history and culture surrounding the two.
Gibraltarians remain proud of the Casemate Square which they consider their central plaza, and is located within walking distance of the Gibraltar wall entrance, which is considered the principal entry way into Gibraltar.
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