Gibraltar - Hints and tips pls!

edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Overseas Holidays & Travel Planning
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  • tanithtanith Forumite
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    The bus is certainly a good way to travel around , one thing you can't miss is a trip on the cable car to the top of the Rock, you can buy a joint ticket to the cable car and nature reserve which includes the Monkey reserve as long as you follow the advice the monkeys are fine to visit. Also visit St. Micheals Cave its spectacular.and the wartime caves are interesting too. They have a new suspension bridge on the Upper Rock you can walk over the views from up there are amazing and not to be missed.
    Casemate Square and Ocean Village are great people watching and eating places and of course there is Sunborn the liner hotel and casino, the Dolphin watching trips, there are also several really nice beaches with seafood restaurants overlooking them.
    I've travelled to Gibraltar from London many times and I've only been diverted to Malaga twice over the last 6yrs.. Have a wonderful time its a very interesting place to visit.
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    melanzana wrote: »
    It's an interesting spot alright.

    One thing I will say is that there are so many motorbikes there, the air can be a bit heavy with pollution. I was amazed by that. But it is such a small space and the bikes are crammed into it.

    Otherwise, I would honestly stay on the Spanish side cheaper too! Just a walk across with your passport (don't forget that) and you are there.

    Gibraltar is so different, and so much the same. I hope you understand what I mean.

    Can't stay on Spainish side as we're booked into a Gibraltain hotel.
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    tanith wrote: »
    The bus is certainly a good way to travel around , one thing you can't miss is a trip on the cable car to the top of the Rock, you can buy a joint ticket to the cable car and nature reserve which includes the Monkey reserve as long as you follow the advice the monkeys are fine to visit. Also visit St. Micheals Cave its spectacular.and the wartime caves are interesting too. They have a new suspension bridge on the Upper Rock you can walk over the views from up there are amazing and not to be missed.
    Casemate Square and Ocean Village are great people watching and eating places and of course there is Sunborn the liner hotel and casino, the Dolphin watching trips, there are also several really nice beaches with seafood restaurants overlooking them.
    I've travelled to Gibraltar from London many times and I've only been diverted to Malaga twice over the last 6yrs.. Have a wonderful time its a very interesting place to visit.

    Thanks tanith.

    I've been looking at most of the things you mention, think we're going to be busy only there for three nights!!!

    The dolphin watching is a new one, might be a tad chilly in March tho? And I get sea sick so may miss that.
    Bridge is also news tome, I like the sound of that!


    And thanks for the tips of casmate square and ocean village
  • slingaslinga Forumite
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    Gibraltar.

    Used to work there.
    Only place in the world anyone has tried to pick my pocket.
    That was at 5am in a disco mind and 37 years ago?? Just remembered it was the Royal Yacht brought Charles and Diane there at the start of their honeymoon.

    Been back once on a day trip.

    Dunno exactly what the cave visits are now but we went potholing with the forces when we were there and that was interesting.
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  • tanithtanith Forumite
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    You can join a mini- bus tour of the Rock share the cost with other tourists, if you are short on time its a great way to see a few of the sights quickly. Also if you get a chance visit the Botanic Garden its near the bottom of the Cable car. Leading from Casemate Square is Main St where most of the shops are you can usually pick up a free map at the airport.
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    Thanks slinga and tanith.

    Not sure about tours as I prefer to go at my own pace, hence the idea of a daily bus ticket which seems really cheap. Then so long as we don't miss last bus home we can keep our own timetable
  • As other posters have mentioned a day ticket on the bus is a good and cheap way to get around.




    I would add that a tour of the caves inside the Rock, and the Dolphin / Whale spotting trips are well worthwhile.
    The airport is a great chnage from what we are used to in the UK - no fuss and you can simply walk to the bus stop in a few minutes assuming you do not bring masses of luggage.
    As for currency just ask for UK currency in the shops & bars - they are friendly and not a problem.
    Finally if you have time spend some time on the Spanish side - the town on the other side of the border is easy to go though on foot (queues only for traffic) and the bars on the beaches in the evening are friendly and cheap.
    You will enjoy it - like going back a couple of decades in time in a positive old fashioned way I thought.
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    Thanks Copthornemike.

    We've got two complete days and two half days. So hopefully plenty of time.
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