Welcome to Gibraltar

Where History, Nature & Culture comes together

“Legend has it Hercules stood gazing at the land barrier keeping the Atlantic Ocean back from filling the Mediterranean desert. Looking left his hand grasped Mons Abyla, to his right he took hold of Mons Calpe. Summoning all his strength he pushed the two mountains apart opening a rift between Africa and Europe that still keeps the two continents apart to this day. It is here you will find the ‘Rock’, Gateway to the Mediterranean and the land of the Gibraltarian’s, keepers of the Straits and Guardians of his legacy.”

‘The Rock’, formed millions of years ago has attracted thousands of visitors and we hope that after browsing this website you will be next. The Romans called it Mons Calpe, however the Moors called it ‘Jebel Tariq’ (Tariq’s Mountain) after General Tariq Ibn Zayed who captured it in AD 711. You and I know it as the ‘Rock of Gibraltar’. Although, we suggest you call it your next holiday because for a day, a long weekend or a longer holiday you’ll not find a destination with the variety, sightseeing, weather or welcome in just over 6 square kilometres. The most famous landmark at the entrance to the beautiful Mediterranean Sea, Gibraltar has literally been a place to stop for the nations of the world since the dawn of sailing. Gibraltarian’s, Britons, Spaniards, Italians, Maltese, Moors, Greeks, Visigoths, Romans and earliest of all, according to archaeological research, Neanderthal Man. They all came, seen, and all desired to conquer although few succeeded.

The very rock it is made out of is 200 million year old Jurassic Limestone and if that isn’t enough to blow your mind think of this. The Rock itself is formed from layer upon layer of sea sediment and shells from crustaceans compacting together to form limestone. Positioned at the southern tip of the Iberian Peninsula, Gibraltar is not an island as many believe but an isthmus, which given its geographical location has earned itself a unique position in history. There are over 130 caves in the Rock inside of which ancient people sheltered from the elements. In more recent times visitors have taken to the Rock for a different kind of refuge and each added to its blend of culture. Today Gibraltar enjoys a mixture of customs, a colourful language and a religious tolerance that is unique in the world. Gibraltarian’s are bi-lingual in both English and Spanish and after more than 300 years of British influence they have a British sense of humour and fair play with a Latin vibrancy. We hope you too will enjoy the enigma that is Gibraltar just like the millions of that come to explore the hidden secrets of the Rock before you.

Facts

  • British Overseas Territory
  • Language: English (official although Spanish is widely spoken)
  • Population: 28,750
  • Currency: Sterling
  • Area: 8km2 (5.8 sq. mi)
  • Political system: Democracy

FAQs

Customs Allowance

IMPORTATION FROM GIBRALTAR INTO SPAIN

For travellers buying in Gibraltar and intending to import into Spain

Tobacco Products:

  • 200 cigarettes or
  • 50 cigars or
  • 250 gms of tobacco.

Alcoholic Beverages:

  • 1 litre of spirits or strong liqueurs (over 22% vol.), or
  • 2 litres wine
  • 171 Euros worth of a variety of goods including perfume and toilet water*
  • Children 17 years and under may import half this allowance.

*Attention:

Singular expensive items may be valued by the Spanish customs at a rate they consider the item should cost.

People under 17 cannot have the tobacco or alcohol allowance

Goods bought over the customs allowance in Gibraltar may only be imported into Spain between 0900 hours and 2100 hours.

IMPORTATION FROM GIBRALTAR INTO UK.

Tobacco Products:

  • 200 cigarettes or
  • 100 cigarillos or
  • 50 cigars or
  • 200 gms of tobacco

Alcoholic Beverages:

  • 2 litres still table wine
  • 1 litre of spirits or strong liqueurs (over 22% vol.), or
  • 2 litres of fortified wine, sparkling wine or other liqueurs

Perfume:

  • 50cc of perfume
  • 0.25 grams of toilet water

 

The above information is only to be used as a guideline, we strongly recommend that any enquiries regarding importation of goods from Gibraltar into Spain be directed to Spanish customs at the frontier.  We do not accept responsibility for any changes to the above.

Other goods

Articles of any description to a total value of £32.

Prohibited and Restricted Goods

The Customs Officer will be able to provide full information. This is a list of the more common and most important items:

Controlled drugs, such as opium, heroine, morphine, cocaine, cannabis, amphetamines and lysergide (LSD)

Firearms (including gas pistols and similar weapons), ammunition and explosives (including fireworks)

Flick knives

Counterfeit coins and false money

Indecent and obscene books, magazines, films and other articles

Live animals and birds

Articles derived from rare species (including fur skins, ivory and reptile leather, and goods made from them)

Duty Free

Gibraltar still enjoys the duty-free privilege, which can be enjoyed by EU nationals returning to their country. There are duty free shops at the airport both on arrival and departure.

For further information or advice, contact HM Customs Gibraltar, Customs House, Waterport, Gibraltar.

T: (+350) 200 78879

E: hmcustoms@gibraltar.gov.gi

https://www.gibraltar.gov.gi/new/hm-customs-0

Is the Cable Car accessible to wheelchairs?

The short answer is unfortunately, no. The installation was built in the 1960 when little or no thought was given to making places wheelchair friendly. There are stairs not only at the base station but also at the top station. We are very aware of this issue and aim to resolve the matter at the earliest opportunity, in fact there are major plans to completely rebuild both the base and top stations which will allow us to welcome all visitors. For the latest news please follow the Cable Car Gibraltar on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Does the Cable Car ever close?

At the Cable Car, the safety of our passengers comes first. The Cable Car is subject to adverse weather conditions, so we do close without warning if the wind becomes too strong or there is a thunder storm. If this is the case a full refund is issued. Just take note of the time and date you visited and state it when you email ask@gibraltarinfo.gi. Having said that we will constantly monitor the wind strengths and will reopen if and when the wind calms down, so it is always worth trying again. For all the latest updates we recommend you follow us on Twitter @CableCarGib.

The Cable Car does close for Christmas Day, New Year’s day and once a year for its maintenance period usually in January.

Groups – Need help planning holiday?

If you are travelling in a group of 8 or more and are looking to organise some private and personalised tours, we recommend you contact local transport specialist Calypso Tours. They have a fleet of air-conditioned mini coaches, each with a capacity for twenty-two passengers. The Calypso Tours team will be able to advise and arrange a whole range of tours whether in and around Gibraltar, Southern Spain and even Morocco. They can also sort out transfers to and from airports or to provide transfers for your wedding party. Click here to contact:

Calypso Tours: CalypsoTours@mhbland.com

Tel: +350 200 12735

Web: www.mhbland.com

Camping and Caravans

There are no camping facilities on the Rock, but there are several nearby camping sites in Spain. Caravans may only be imported into Gibraltar provided a license has been previously obtained from HM Customs Gibraltar, Customs House, Waterport, Gibraltar. Tel +350 20078879

Drivers of camper vans are warned that Gibraltar’s streets are narrow. It is best that they be parked outside the city walls. Camper vans are not allowed into the Upper Rock or at most tourist sites. Be aware that camper vans are not allowed to park anywhere in Gibraltar.

What language do Gibraltarian's speak?

English is the official language in Gibraltar although most locals are bilingual in Spanish too. They also speak Llanito which is indigenous to Gibraltar and marries both Spanish and English words along with its own vocabulary. Many Spaniards cross the frontier daily to work in Gibraltar so suffice to say if you can speak English or Spanish you can communicate.

Can I get married in Gibraltar?

Gibraltar is a beautiful place to get married. Follow in the footsteps of Sean Connery, Roger Moore, Frederick Forsythe, Des O’ Connor, John Lennon and Yoko Ono. All the arrangements can be made in advance including a unique choice of historic venues however none can beat the spectacular views offered by the Mons Calpe Suite at the Cable Car Top Station.

Tel: +350 200 12746

Email: events@monscalpesuite.com

Web: www.monscalpesuite.com

What do I feed the Monkeys?

Absolutely nothing! It is illegal to feed them with a £4000 fine if you get caught. They are fed twice a day with nutritionally balanced food to maintain their health by Government appointed keepers. Sweets, chocolate and in some cases chewing gum are not considered healthy and will only give them diabetes.

Do the Monkeys bite?

Errr? They are wild, of course they will bite if provoked or teased. Be sensible and calm around them and you will be fine. Pull faces, show your teeth or touch them and they could get aggressive. They are cute and fluffy, but they are not dolls or toys. Be especially careful and vigilant around the young.

Where can I buy Cable Car tickets?

  1. Right here of course! Click here and you can be ready to rock as soon as you arrive.  Your online ticket will entitle you to use the Cable Car shuttle bus that runs approx. every 30 mins from the frontier to the Cable Car base station.  You can also use the Fast Track at the Cable Car ticket office which is usually quicker and shorter.
  2. You can also buy tickets at our Gibraltarinfo ticket office found on the Spanish side of the Spain/Gibraltar land frontier. You can’t miss it. With each purchase you are entitled to use the Cable Car shuttle service which will take you from the Gibraltar side of the frontier to the Cable Car.  Don’t worry if you purchase on line, just show your voucher to the driver and they will welcome you onboard.
  3. You can also make the most of the Cable Car and Nature Reserve combination tickets from the ticket office at both the Cable Car. (located at Grand Parade)

N.B. if you do buy a combination ticket that includes the Nature Reserve you will need to redeem your voucher at the Cable Car ticket office before entering the Nature Reserve.

I’ve only got a limited time what sights are the best to see?

That is up to your own personal taste however for most visitors their top priority is to see the monkeys. We recommend the best and fastest way to see these mischievous locals is on the Cable Car – which is also a highlight to any visit to the Rock. Following that St Michael’s Cave and the Siege Tunnels are high on the list.

How easy is it to get around Gibraltar?

By Bus
Gibraltar is just over 5 kms long and at its widest 1.2kms. One of the easiest ways to move around is by local transport.

On Foot
Walking into the town centre from the land frontier will take about 15 minutes. Walk along Winston Churchill Avenue, across the airport runway and finally following the signs via Landport Tunnel into Casemates Square. If you are arriving via the land frontier with Spain, you can ask for help at the Gibraltarinfo kiosk on the Spanish side of the frontier and a Tourist Information Kiosk as you walk through the customs building or in the Cruise Liner Terminal.

By Car
If you have a car you can drive into Gibraltar but be warned it is difficult to find parking and you might find yourself in a lengthy queue to either enter or exit the Rock. We recommend that you park your car on the Spanish side of the frontier and catch the bus. Please be advised that private cars are not allowed into the Upper Rock Nature Reserve.

What currency do I use?

In Gibraltar we use the Pound Sterling, this is exactly the same currency used in the United Kingdom.

However, you will find both Government of Gibraltar issued notes and Bank of England issued notes in circulation in Gibraltar completely intermixed. They have different designs and exactly the same values in Gibraltar but NOT in the UK. You will also find Gibraltar issued coins intermixed with UK issued coins – again they are the same weight and size and hold the same value in Gibraltar but NOT in the UK.

Many places will also accept Euros, and some may accept US Dollars. However, your change may be in Pounds Sterling, and you might not get the best rate.

You can find money exchange shops (bureau de change) in the airport / land border area, and along Main Street.

Do I need a VISA?

The standard rules apply as with ALL EU countries. If you are a citizen of the European Union, you are free to come and go but you will need your passport to show at the border checkpoint. Please ask your own embassy before you arrange a visit to avoid any mistakes. If you have any further questions, go to www.gibraltar.gov.uk/visa.php

What’s the best time to come?

Whatever the time of year you decide to come you will receive a warm welcome but if you are also looking for some sun, we recommend you plan your holiday any time between May and September. The hottest months are July and August with temperatures averaging 27º Centigrade. Winters are mild and you may enjoy the warm Mediterranean sunshine at any time of year.

Weather

PUBLIC HOLIDAYS

New Years Day CABLE CAR CLOSED
1st January
Commonwealth Day
Monday 12th March 2018
Good Friday
Friday 30th March 2018
Easter Monday
Monday 2nd April 2018
Workers Memorial Day
Monday 30th April 2018
May Day
1st May
Spring Bank Holiday
Monday 28th May 2018
Queen’s Birthday
Monday 11th June 2018
Late Summer Bank Holiday
Monday 27th August 2018
Gibraltar National Day
10th September
Christmas Day CABLE CAR CLOSED
25th December
Boxing Day
26th December

Please note, shops do not usually open on bank holidays. You are advised to check in advance for other attractions.