Gibraltar lies on the southern tip of Spain and although it has it's own airport the majority of visitors come from across the border on day trips. It's port is a hive of activity for yachts that visit this British enclave, and although the beaches are very good, they are small and tend to get very crowded. A shoppers paradise is the only way to describe the amount and variety of shops on offer here, with watches, jewellery, wines and spirits, all at knock down prices, as well as popular high street names such as Marks and Spencer, British home stores, and Mothercare.
Like most of the popular European resorts, you'll find a huge amount of bars, pubs and restaurants here, serving every food combination you can think of. Plenty of fast food outlets give you the choice of burgers, pizzas and various fried chicken combinations with generous helpings of chips and salad if that's what you like. More traditional fare such as Sopa de Pescado (garlic stew with fish and tomatoes), Calderetas (lamb stew with almonds) and the fish specials Calamari (squid in batter deep fried) and Longostinos (giant prawns) are all worth a try. The local beers are as good as anything you'll drink back home and probably cheaper too. Wines and of course Sangria, are there to be enjoyed at every meal, and add to that the imported varieties and your drinking choice is endless.
REVIEW BY: C Lynn - July 2008
I did not expect to be impressed by Gibraltar as everyone said it was 'slightly tacky'. However, I was delighted with my stay there as EVERYONE was so friendly and the atmosphere was superb. The hotel was spotless and the staff were great (especially the young girl serving food in the bar area). The tour of The Rock was truly memorable with a very knowledgeable guide who had a great sense of humour and obviously loved Gibraltar. I would go back again to the same hotel. Even the shops (which were not brilliant) seemed to be full of happy staff who were friendly and helpful and this, combined with lovely weather seemed to make the holiday 'special'.