Gibraltar is the capital city of Gibraltar, it is an intriguing destination for the curious traveler. The British territory is only 6.8 square kilometers, making it easy to explore on foot, and its location at the entrance of the Mediterranean south of Spain makes it a good jumping-off point for further travels. The landscape is dotted with caves and tunnels, Gibraltar has a rich, swashbuckling history and its underlying Britishness makes it a perfect destination for pub- and tea-lovers who also crave the sunshine.
Best Time to Visit
The best time to visit Gibraltar is during spring or autumn when the temperatures are warm yet comfortable. July, August and September are the hottest months, yet the presence of cool sea breezes provides some welcome relief.
Top Places to Visit in Gibraltar
1. The Rock
Naturally, the main sight in Gibraltar is The Rock. The limestone ridge rises to 426 meters before plunging into sheer cliffs on the eastern and northern sides. This was one of Hercules’ two pillars for the ancient Romans and Greeks, split from its counterpart in Morocco as the divine hero performed twelve arduous labors. The two awesome rocks signified the edge of the ancient world.The upper Rock’s nature reserve offers spectacular views of the town and sea below. The reserve is also home to the only free-living primates on the entire continent. Summer is the best time to observe the playful creatures with their newborns, but visitors should keep a safe distance to avoid their infamous short tempers and sharp teeth. The official guides know the habits and moods of the apes and can be hired through the territory’s Ornithological and Natural History Society.
2. St. Michael’s Cave
A large natural grotto that once played host to the Rock’s Neolithic inhabitants. Fashion shows, plays and concerts are often held there, and you can see Morocco on a clear day from the outdoor cafe.
3. Princess Caroline’s Battery
The Military Heritage Center is inside, offering tours of the tunnels and gun emplacements.
4. Europa Point
The territory’s first lighthouse stands at its southern tip, known as Europa Point. The legendary pirate Barbarossa sacked the lighthouse, and the site is also home to the Christian Shrine of Our Lady of Europe. A statue of the Virgin and Child was erected there in the 15th century. It miraculously survived multiple attacks by pirates and still stands there today.
5. Ibrahim Al Ibrahim Mosque
A symbol of the religious and racial symbiosis of the territory’s past. Opened in 1997, the mosque was built by King Fahd of Saudi Arabia to feed the religious needs of Moroccans working on the Rock, and it is the largest mosque in the non-Islamic world.