We are waiting with bated breath for the government’s “green list” to visit this summer – and Gibraltar looks like a top candidate, with few current coronavirus cases and all vaccinated adults.
Restaurants (indoor and outdoor), bars, and attractions are all open – although indoor masks are required and social distancing is still present.
With bikini temperatures in October and a flight of less than three hours, Britain’s tiny overseas territory (2.5 square miles) is a great choice for a sunny getaway.
Paradise: Gibraltar pictured offers both a taste of the Mediterranean and the comforts of home
New airlines this year include Wizz Air from Luton, Eastern Airways from Birmingham and Southampton, and BA from London City.
These connect existing routes with BA from Heathrow and easyJet from Gatwick and Manchester.
Here are our tips when you get there …
The pictured St. Michael’s Cave in Gibraltar is a major attraction and is known for its stalagmites and stalactites
The limestone mass of the Rock of Gibraltar rises to 1,400 feet. The St. Michael Cave is a major attraction with its stalagmites and stalactites.
A new sound and light experience starts in June, taking visitors on a journey through the geological history of the region.
You need to buy a ticket to the nature reserve to gain access (£ 13, visitgibraltar.gi).
Visitors can take the cable car to the top of the Rock of Gibraltar and enjoy great views over Spain and the Mediterranean Sea
One of the cheeky barbarian monkeys that run half wild on the rock
Take the cable car or a taxi to the summit for sweeping views of Spain, the Mediterranean, and Morocco (nature reserve ticket also required).
The barbarian apes run half wild; They’re naughty and grab snacks when they can.
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More water fun is offered with sunrise and sunset paddle boarding (in2adventures.com). You can even snorkel over the reef.
HIKING AND DRIVING
There are some great hiking trails, especially the Mediterranean stairs, an hour and a half hike through the nature reserve.
If this is too daunting, rent an electric bike (ebike-gibraltar.com).
The Moorish Castle of Gibraltar was built in 1160. It is one of the main tourist attractions in the UK overseas territory
Immerse yourself in the Great Siege tunnels, dug by the British in the late 18th century. These helped repel attacks by the French and Spanish and were expanded during World War II. Then explore the Moorish castle, which was first built in 1160.
Relax in the Alameda, a small but lush 15 hectare botanical garden with plants from all over the world (gibraltargardens.gi).
On a mild evening there is hardly anything more tempting than a Gin On The Rock cocktail on the Wisteria Terrace at The Rock Hotel (rockhotelgibraltar.com).
In the Vinopolis Gastrobar it is always wine, where you can taste delicious canapés and a large selection of wines by the glass (vinopolis.gi). If you miss Blighty, have a beer at the Lord Nelson Pub in Casemates Square, which has an interior inspired by HMS Victory (lordnelson.gi).
The sandy beach in Catalan Bay with its rock pools and restaurants
The best beach is Catalan Bay, with its rock pools and restaurants, and neighboring Sandy Bay, where the sand (notably) from Western Sahara was planted.
Camp Bay is small and pebbly, but has a floating lido and an artificial offshore reef for snorkeling.
The waterfront development on Queensway Quay that brings a touch of Marbella to Gibraltar
The developments at Ocean Village and Queensway Quay on the water bring a touch of Marbella to Gibraltar with seductive bars, chic food and expensive boats.
Jumper’s Wheel is the place to go for fresh seafood.
GRAVE A DEAL IN GIBRALTAR FROM MAY 17TH
Politicians, celebrities and musicians are among the former guests of the Rock Hotel. John Lennon and Yoko Ono even got married here. Three nights with Thomas Cook (thomascook.com) from £ 280 per person including flights.
Find deals by booking accommodation and flights separately. Four nights at Gardener’s Road Studio with Airbnb (airbnb.co.uk/rooms/3441359) together with Wizz Air (wizzair.com) flights from Luton will cost less than £ 170 for four nights starting May 17th.
The modern O’Callaghan Eliott Hotel is in the heart of the old town and has a rooftop pool and restaurant. Three nights from £ 264 per person with breakfast and flights (mygibraltar.co.uk).
The centrally located Engineer Guest House has rooms with a kitchenette. Three nights from £ 202 including flights (lastminute.com).
The apartments at the Caleta Hotel overlook the Catalan Bay. You can cook in the hotel pool and use it. Three nights in a one bedroom apartment for two people from £ 495 (booking.com).