Gibraltar: What to see in this tiny country

Gibraltar – teeny tiny Gibraltar

With an area of only 2.6 square miles, a traveler might be tempted to skip Gibraltar. Oh, what a sad thought! You would really miss out!

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Look what is cool in Gibraltar:

1) Walk across the runway.

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To enter the country you must first walk across the runway of Gibraltar’s airport. Looking both ways before crossing is really important! 🙂

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2) See the other primate in Europe. (We are the first.)

This Gibraltar resident often interacts with tourists. Some is fun and some…not so. (They steal snacks out of pockets and bags! Do not rattle the wrapping around them!)

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Brave Sarah, Travel BFF

But remember, they are wild animals with serious teeth.

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3) Ride the cable car!

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What views! Be careful if you have limited time as you have to walk back down.

Hiring a private taxi comes with a guide.

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4) Visit a cave. The light show is amazing.

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As hubby is a geologist, we love caves.

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5) The Rock

 

An amazing point – recognized the world over. Prudential uses it for a logo.

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This is one of the pillars Hercules placed at the end of the known world.

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Inside the rock are tunnels which soldiers used to protect the narrow pathway between Spain and Africa.

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Buy stamps. Each one has a tiny piece of the rock in it.

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6) It is a British country.

 

So have a spot of tea.

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Have some fish and chips.

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Use money with the Queen on it!

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7) Feeling romantic? You are in good company.

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Sean Connery has married here twice.

Sean Connery married on Gibraltar.

 

Roger Moore married here as well. Clearly a place where Bond, James Bond likes to get married.

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Yoko and John chose Gibraltar for a wedding venue.

John and Yoko married in Gibraltar.

 

Princess Diana and Prince Charles visited here after their honeymoon.

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8) Outdoor bathrooms. Kids think this is the coolest ever!

DSC01300Pay your money and try it out! Cleaner than any gas station bathroom – or most public bathrooms for that matter!

DSC01301 9) Isthmus! It is a merry place. 😉

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Isthmus? Bless you! (word of advice…do not google the word sneeze as I did before settling on this photo of a handkerchief. I have just one word for what I found – gross.)

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An isthmus is the skinny piece that connects the land mass (Spain) to the peninsula (Gibraltar).

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Gibraltar is a wonderful day trip from Spain or Morocco. Don’t pass it by!

Happy Travels,

Natalie, the Educational Tourist

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24 Responses

  1. Barrie Glover says:

    Thank you for this nice piece . Actually you can also take the cable car down too . At Europa Point you can view 3 countries and 2 continents . Gibraltars population lives in harmony , all religions , races and ethnic diversities . I am glad you had a grwat day here … please come back soon .. 😉

    • NatalieTanner says:

      It is a wonderful example of people with many different ideas living so peacefully. The whole world can learn something! To what do you attribute this harmony?

  2. Joey says:

    Thank You for these comments about My Home, though you have only scraped the surface of what My Gibraltar really is… If you need further info simply speak with any of us (Locals), who would very gladly give you any advice. One of many things which you left out, is that as well as you explained that your hubby loved Geology; there are many interesting unique geological aspects about Gibraltar, which people never get to learn…
    Once more, thank you,

    Joey (retired British Gibraltarian FIre fighter)

    • NatalieTanner says:

      How nice to hear from you! I am working on 2 more posts about the lovely and interesting Gibraltar! What is the top thing you would like to see included?

  3. Hi Natalie, this is a great round up post. Love the photo of the monkey with his teeth out! Haha brilliant. Can’t believe how many famous’s have got married on the rock either… Maybe i’ll have to have words with James ;). Great post :).

    Gabby

  4. I only ever ferried past Gibraltar on my way from Spain to Morocco but am sad I didn’t get a chance to explore! Looks like there’s much more to do there than meets the eye! Will definitely have to go back and explore when we’re next in Spain!

  5. Natalie says:

    Hi Natalie,
    Great post!
    We spent 20 days in La Linea de la Concepcion but never made it till Gibraltar. What a shame!
    Although having the rock on the landscape all the time was pretty awesome!
    Cheers!

  6. traciehowe says:

    Your posts are so amusing Natalie! I didn’t fly into Gibraltar, but I love the advice to look both ways. It’s definitely a fun place to visit, but those monkeys sure are cheeky!

  7. This is a cute piece, I would love to have the chance to visit the rock of gibralter! Also thank you for the celebrity notes! I had no idea! who doesnt love Sean C.

  8. Chris says:

    I’ve always wanted to see the runway that ‘stops traffic’ and Europe’s only primates have always been on my list.

    Don’t let everyone know, they’ll ruin it for us! 😉

  9. twoscotsabroad says:

    Every day is a school day with you Natalie! And to think so many celebs got married there. What was the hilarity with toilets? That’s normal to us!

    • NatalieTanner says:

      Thanks! I love all the tidbits! 😉 in the U.S. There is no such thing as a toilet in a building on the street so this was a fun find for the kiddos!

  10. What a random place to visit! I never knew the Prudential logo was the rock of Gibraltar!

  11. Mike says:

    Such fun and funny facts in there! Prudential. Multiple Bond marriages. and more! I also really want to go see that cave light show now!

  12. stephen sedgwick says:

    Hi natalie great piece on my home ,just one thing wrong ,charles and diana started there honymoon here by arriving by plane and joining the brittania here after the wedding not after the honymoon ,hope that clarifys it ☺

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