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KJO's Guide To Gibraltar

A few weekends ago I found myself in Gibraltar visiting Matty, who has been based there for a few days. I thought I'd throw together the best places to eat and what to do incase you find yourself there anytime soon!  

Gibraltar is a British overseas territory right in the the South of Spain. The Gibraltar landscape is mainly a rock, probably most famous for the monkeys that live on the rock and cheap gin! 

As we have a home in Marbella, which is about an hour away, Gibraltar is somewhere we've visited quite a bit as children. We've done tours of the rock, been out to sea to spot the dolphins (where my Dad lost a hat!) and spent our pocket money in the supermarket for sweets! 

Where to stay 

It seemed the hotel options in Gibraltar were either unbelievably expensive or dirt cheap. I went for somewhere in the middle and stayed at O'Callaghan Elliot which was £345 for 2 nights accommodation. There was a lot of building work going on while I was there as the whole hotel was having a refurb. It didn't bother me one bit and room was huge with a super comfy bed and a gorgeous bathroom. 

O'Callaghan was fairly central location (one street away from the main street) and only a short walk away from The waterfront, where there were nice bars and some exclusive homes. 

Where to eat 

The good thing about Matty's crew spending time in Gibraltar was we did get some pretty good restaurant recommendations!

El Faro - Marina Bay, slightly off the beaten track, but a cracking place for Mediterranean food. Best prawn pill pill I've ever had!  

Vinopolis - John Mackintosh squaure, a trendy wine bar with a great range of tapas and an even better range of wines perfect for an evening drink. 

The Waterfront - Queensway Quay, we went for lunch and we weren't disappointed. Wonderful views of the harbour and a great range of main meals. 

Jurys Cafe & wine bar - Main street, a small cafe, with a huge range of food. Great little spot for a veggie breakfast. 

Lord Nelson Bar & Brasserie - Casemates Square, perfectly situated. it's a bit of a sun trap. A traditional British pub that served a good pint of Guinness. 

The Lounge - Queensway Quay, my favourite place with great views of the harbour. We went twice for normal lunch and a Sunday lunch. (The only place I could find a veggie roast in Gibraltar!) 

What to do 

Shop, it's tax free shopping in Gibraltar which means buying things like gin is dirt cheap, a bottle of Bombay Sapphire is £10.90! 

But of course it's not easy to bring it back to the UK. There were shops like, Topshop, Marks & Spencers and Next but had pretty similar prices to the UK. If you're after a bargain, perfume (Jo Malone), Pandora, sunglasses and electrical shops is where you'll save the most money. 

Tour of the rock, the best way to see the rock is via an organised group taxi, this cost £27pp and included all the entrances into the attractions. There is a cable car that costs £14 and you pay for the extras.

With the taxi I went to the, Castle, St Micheals caves, the sky walk and of course to see the monkeys which seemed to be everywhere I wanted to go! My taxi driver was really clued up on the island as he was born and raised there. 

I also just really enjoyed walking around Gibraltar as there was so much to take in.

I'm really looking forward to my next trip which is to Paris in June. Are you off anywhere nice this summer? 

KJO's Guide To Gibraltar 

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