Gibraltar never really surfaced on my travel radar till one of my friends went there a few years ago and came back shouting you have to go to Gibraltar, it’s amazing!
Even then, I was a bit reserved about it, mainly because I’m not a 100% beach holiday person. I like soft adventure and activities but also there weren’t direct flights from where I live. So, once a flight came up and the cabin fever in me had risen to a reasonably high level, I hit the book now button and I jetted off.
- Gibraltar has the only wild monkey population in the whole of Europe.
- 12% of its economy comes from gambling.
- It has the only airport in the world where the runway has a pedestrian and car crossing, and the runway extends into the sea on a piece of reclaimed land. Definitely not one for nervous flyers!
- John Lennon and Yoko Ono got married there.
- There is 29Km of roads in Gibraltar. You can actually walk the whole length of Gibraltar in an hour.
- The tunnels of Gibraltar that run inside The Rock are 55Km long, which’s twice the length of the road network.
- Despite its size, it has a world heritage site; Gorham’s cave. It is said to be one of the last habitations of the Neanderthals.
- Gibraltar has appeared in 2 James Bond movies; You only live twice and The living daylights
- It has a giant floating hotel; the five-star superyacht hotel Sunborn Gibraltar is a seven-deck, 465ft cruise ship. The Telegraph describes it as “cruise ship meets Bulgari hotel”.
To say it’s lush and luxurious is an understatement.
What to do in 7 days on The Rock?
You are probably wondering man, that’s too small of a place what am I going to do there.
I’ve put together for you a list of activities and a sample seven-day itinerary that you can try out.
Aim to arrive mid-morning, drop off your luggage and then head to Main Street, you’ll find lots of cafes, bars and restaurants to sit it with a great view of The Rock. If you’re not up for a meal at that time you can still enjoy the vibe of the territory by walking around Main Street and visiting the Irish village or hiking up to the Moorish Castle (you don’t need hiking gear, just comfortable shoes and a camera as the views are stunning from there).
In the evening I recommend heading to Marina Bay and Ocean Village.
Great place to have a walk around, explore the area, see the sea and get a great meal at one of the many restaurants dotted around while catching the sunset over the sea.