Although Gibraltar is actually a British Overseas Territory, its location, tucked onto the end of mainland Spain, makes it a great location to explore when on holiday in this country famed for its lovely beaches and great weather. The locals here are fervently British, yet speak excellent Spanish so there's a great blend of British and Spanish influences to be found here.
Sightseeing in Gibraltar
The main attraction is of course the Rock of Gibraltar which is home to hundreds of Barbary Macaque monkeys! Don't worry about them being shy though, they are quite the opposite and won't hesitate to come and introduce themselves. Reach the top of the rock which sits at 1,400ft via cable car or by the Mediterranean steps!
Gibraltar's fantastic location overlooks the Mediterranean where it blends into the Atlantic making the bay an ideal location for dolphin spotting. There are a number short boat trips launching every day where you can view different species of dolphins playing in the water just a short distance from the boat!
Day Trips From Gibraltar
The south coast of Spain has plenty to offer so it's definitely worthwhile exploring some of the surrounding area during your trip here. Drive up the coast towards Sotogrande and you will find a wide selection of golf courses, including The San Roque Club. There are at least six to choose from with something here to suit every skill level.
It is definitely worthwhile travelling to nearby Marbella too, only an hour away with your hire car. This luxury resort offers the perfect mix of sun, sea, sand and relaxation. Be sure to take a wander around the Old Town area too; the town dates back to 1600BC and the Moorish Castle is just one of many historical wonders to visit.
Follow the Spanish coast in the opposite direction along the bay of Gibraltar and you will come to Algeciras, a busy port town with a variety of festivals and historical architecture to appreciate.