A slice of Britain in Gibraltar
The pedestrianised Main Street is stocked with plenty of names familiar in Britain’s own high streets and shopping centres, and keen shoppers can pick up duty free perfumes, tobacco and alcohol, as well as checking out prices in a wide choice of electrical goods stores.
Gibraltar is so much more than a sunny slice of Britain abroad. It crams an amazing amount of history and culture and geological wonders into an area of less than six square miles. It is the stuff of dreams for those fascinated by military history stretching back through the ages and has been a strategic UK military base for 300 years, guarding the entrance to the Mediterranean.
Gibraltar was ceded to the British Crown under the Treaty of Utrecht in 1713, having been captured from Spain by a Dutch-Anglo fleet nine years earlier, and it has been British for longer than the US has been American.
A great place to stock up on all your British goodies, take a dolphin trip from the Marina or shop ‘til you drop on Main Street.
Nowadays the Rock is home to an extensive flora and fauna reserve as well as hosting the Macaques, Europe’s only free colony of primates, who live on the upper reaches of the Rock. From the top the views are stunning – a rewarding way to enjoy both the nature reserve and the views is to embark on the testing one mile of heavy climbing to the top, but those who prefer to conserve their energy can also enjoy the scenes via taxi, coach, car or cable car.
After soaking up the history and natural beauty of Gibraltar and exploring the sprawl of narrow alleyways that lead off the busy main shopping street, you can head to the glamorous Marina, where luxury yachts nestle near to traditional fishing vessels. With plenty of restaurants, pubs and bars, serving anything from a cream tea to traditional style tapas, the discerning day visitor from Spain’s Costa del Sol will find that there’s a lot more to Gibraltar than just a little Britain.