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A home away from home on the southern tip of Spain, the British Overseas Territory of Gibraltar combines British culture with Spanish flair. In addition to the Rock of Gibraltar, a lush limestone ridge that juts out of the city like a beacon of nature, visitors usually come here for the fine weather and to meet the region’s famous Barbary monkeys.
Much like nearby southern Spain, Gibraltar attracts most visitors in the summer months, both for the fine weather and events such as Gibraltar World Music Festival in June. Cheaper flights tend to be easier to come by outside of these peak summer months.
While weather is cooler from December to March, it is still relatively warm compared with the UK winter, so this can be an excellent time to secure a cheap deal, while avoiding heavy tourist footfall. You will also be able to secure more affordable accommodation.
There are a few tricks you when using Expedia that will increase your chances of finding cheap flights to Gibraltar.
Broaden your search by selecting the ‘Nearby Airports’ option. You’ll find this located beneath your chosen departure location on the search bar and it may help you find a cheaper deal. Similarly, your best bet, if you’re flying from London, is to select ‘All London Airports’ when you search. This will let you compare prices for different departure locations around the capital.
You can fly to Gibraltar directly from London and Manchester. While flights from elsewhere in the UK are available, these will require a connecting flight from another location (usually London).
All flights to Gibraltar land at Gibraltar International Airport. Coming in, you’ll be afforded exquisite views over the Atlantic and Mediterranean, as well as the Rock of Gibraltar. The airport is not large: the main road from the airport actually intersects the runway and needs to be closed every time a flight takes off or lands!
Airlines offering direct flights include:
The great thing about Gibraltar’s small size is that it makes getting around a cinch. At three miles long and only a mile wide, you can easily explore on foot, even walking from the airport into the city.
Nevertheless, if the weather’s having a dull day, Gibraltar offers three separate bus services covering the entire area, as well as taxis.
For getting to the top of the Rock of Gibraltar there’s also a cable car. This runs every ten minutes and will take you to absolutely astounding views across the strait below. There’s also a cafe here, where you can tuck into a well-earned snack and sit back to enjoy the view with a good old British brew.
Given its small size, you’d be forgiven for thinking there might not be much to do or see here. In fact, the opposite is true. In particular, the region’s military past is evident everywhere.
For instance, why not pay a visit to Moorish Castle? This impressive medieval fort comes complete with gates and turrets.
And while the Rock of Gibraltar tends to steal the show, a lesser-known gem lies beneath your feet in the form of Michael’s Cave. This geological marvel is replete with beautiful limestone formations that are illuminated by a stunning light show.
The Barbary monkeys who make their home on the island are a popular draw for tourists. However, while they may appear cute and cuddly, it’s important to stay alert to the fact that they are still wild creatures. While semi-tame, you should approach them with caution.