Gibraltar Travel Guide & Helpful Advice

Gibraltar Travel Guide & Helpful Advice

July 9, 2021 1 By Kerry

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Gibraltar is a country at the south of Spain but that is one of the British overseas territories. Don’t let that fool you though, Gibraltar is a fantastic location that is also full of Spanish influence. Before you visit, plan your trip with this useful Gibraltar travel guide and helpful advice so that you know what to expect.

Gibraltar is a country at the south of Spain that is a British territory and therefore actually part of the UK. If you’re planning a trip, review the Gibraltar travel advice and helpful guidance so that you know what to expect.

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How to get to Gibraltar

If you’re travelling from the United Kingdom or other ‘Green List’ Countries, it is really easy to enter Gibraltar. Once you’ve collected your luggage you need to take a free Covid test at the outdoor kiosk which was well organised and done quickly.

You will receive a text and email within 24 hours with the results. As Covid Gibraltar travel advice varies, make sure to check both your local governments advice, as well as the official government of Gibraltar’s own entry requirements.

Getting Around Gibraltar

You can easily catch taxis or public buses from Gibraltar airport. However, if you’re staying in Gibraltar town centre or Marina Bay, you can just walk there in 25 minutes. If you’re staying near the Gibraltar beaches however, a taxi or a bus will be necessary.

Take a look at the best travel resources online for links and recommendations to help you plan your Gibraltar travel.

Gibraltar Travel Guide - view of the rock from the airport
Cross the runway and you will be at Marina Bay in 25 minutes

Where to Stay in Gibraltar

The Rock of Gibraltar, famous for its barbary macaques and it’s extensive nature reserve, is located in the centre of the country. This creates two main areas to stay that I’ll cover in this Gibraltar Travel Guide to help you decide where to book your hotel.

East of the rock of Gibraltar

The East of the rock is where you will most of the Gibraltar beaches. The beach lovers or sun worshippers will love this part of the country as several beaches are in walking distance and you also can enjoy the backdrop of the upper rock.

Gibraltar Travel Guide - colourful houses within catalan bay beach
Catalan Bay Beach is a popular place to stay

West of the rock of Gibraltar

The West of the rock is where you will find Gibraltar Marina Bay, Town Centre and Casemates Square. This is the area within walking distance of the airport and is the best location for bars, restaurants and nightlife.

Whichever area you choose is down to what you would like to get out of your Gibraltar holiday. It is a short taxi ride or a 30+ minute walk to the other side so choose wisely.

Gibraltar Travel Guide - Ocean village Marina Bay
Ocean Village, Marina Bay is popular if you want to be more central

Sunborn Hotel is worth considering for your 3 days in Gibraltar

When I spent 3 days in Gibraltar, I stayed in Ocean Village at the Sunborn Gibraltar Yacht Hotel. Not only is this 5 star hotel unique in its appearance, it is also perfectly located for the Marina bay restaurants, nightlife and water-based activities nearby.

There are several rooms available at the Sunborn hotel, from basic rooms to suites. The rooftop pool bar is lively and has a great atmosphere and good views of the harbour below. The rear of the hotel is also fantastic to grab a deck chair and watch the sunset with a cocktail in hand.

If you stay at the Sunborn Gibraltar be sure to book the Harbour View room as this side is quieter and the views are beautiful. You can also watch the planes take off and land and it’s not as noisy as you would think!

Gibraltar Travel Advice on Where to Eat and Drink

Ocean Village, Marina Bay

Ocean Village on the Marina Bay is the prime location for bars and restaurants in Gibraltar. However a lot of the restaurants here are chains such as La Iguanas, Pizza Express etc. That being said, you have the choice of perfect seats and a lively fun atmosphere as you watch the sun go down.

Many people often use this Gibraltar Travel Guide to plan a 3 day vacation, which is often over the weekend. Marina Bay can therefore get really busy so book ahead of time if you want a great sunset spot.

There are also several sports bars in the area slightly out of Ocean Village along the Harbour Bay. Some of these bars are more catered towards nightlife and a little rowdier then everywhere else in Ocean Village.

Casemates Square

Outside of ocean Village you also have the lively Casemates Square in less than 10 minutes walking distance which is in the beginning of the town centre of Gibraltar. Casemates Square also has a series of shopping arcades as well as restaurants and bars with indoor and outdoor seating. This area is a bit cheaper to drink and often has screens with sports on so it can be particular popular with lads on holiday.

My favourite place for vegetarian food was at the Red Chilli Indian and Tapas Bar. There are so many vegetarian options all at really great prices and as it is on the corner of Gibraltar public market (the entrance to Casemates Square), its great for people watching too. The food was delicious, as were the cocktails.

gibraltar travel guide - Casemates Square in the day
Casemates Square in the day

Gibraltar Travel Guide, Final Recommendations

There are so many things to do in Gibraltar that it is a very popular location for a weekend break and you can see a lot in a weekend. But in my opinion, 3 days in Gibraltar isn’t quite long enough, not if you also want to relax as well as see everything.

Depending on how you like to spend your holidays I would suggest 4 nights minimum or potentially up to a week you enjoy having some relaxation time. If you’re looking for a cheap weekend in Gibraltar then check out my Gibraltar travel tips for ideas to save money.

If you do visit Gibraltar, I’d love to know how you find it so please leave me a comment below.

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