Is Gibraltar, Spanish or British?!

In this post, we’ll explain Gibraltar beaches, Gibraltar population, the rock of Gibraltar, and Gibraltar’s relations with Spain.

Gibraltar has been a British overseas territory since 1704 as a sort of bribe from Spain while they were negotiating over other issues! ever since, other countries tried to take this land from UK which was always unsuccessful.

Getting to Gibraltar

Driving to Gibraltar

The only road to Gibraltar in thru Spain. Although there’s no border between EU countries, this one is different. There’s a passport check and if at the time, there’s tension in UK-Spain relations, you could end up waiting in the line for a good amount of time, but it’s usually fast and hassles free!

By air to Gibraltar

There’s an airport in Gibraltar which has regular flights to the UK’s big cities, as well as two cities in Morocco, there are also good nearby airports in Spain.

By cruise to Gibraltar

This one probably doesn’t need an explanation!

what to do in Gibraltar

First of all, remember, this territory is an expensive one and there’s not much to do, so you can plan it as a one day trip while you’re surfing around Spain.

Barbary Monkeys in Gibraltar

Gibraltar is home to the only wild monkey population on the whole European continent.

Believe it or not, this adorable creature is the main tourist attraction in this territory.

You should climb up the Queen’s gate to visit them.

Legends have it that as long as these monkeys are living in Gibraltar, Britain would control this area. Because of this legend, Churchill ordered to bring some more of Barbary monkeys to the hill when their population decreased to only 7 during WWII.

Britain’s army started guarding them from 1915 until 1991.

Although they’re cute and everything, but be careful because they’re still wild animals and would bite if they scare or get annoyed. They are also light handed if something attracts their attention!

Car cable to the Rock of Gibraltar in Gibraltar

This Rock has been proudly protecting the city over history and offers a spectacular view if you take the cable car to the top.

Gibraltar’s British identity

Entering Gibraltar is a whole new experience, especially if you enter through Spain, as the whole environment suddenly changes from Espanol to some kind of London vibe!

British phone operators have coverage, British snacks are available and those red payphones are everywhere! you can even find the post boxes which belong to the 18th century.

Beaches in Gibraltar

Gibraltar has beautiful beaches with white sand and crystal blue water. One of them main reasons for people to travel to Gibraltar or even immigrate to Gibraltar (mostly from Britain) is its stunning beaches!

23 comments

  1. I know Gibraltar, I’m from Cadiz. One thing you don’t mention is that they have their own language “Llanito”: a fancy mixture of Spanish and English. And almost everyone can speak both languages fluently 🙂

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  2. The British Navy defeat of the Armada in 1588 had profound consequences for England. The first consequence of the English victory was that it secured its place as a world power. With defeat of the Armada, England become a serious European naval power. Britain’s navy was the foundation of the future British Empire. Gibraltar is a British Overseas Territory that was wrestled from Spain with the defeat of the Spanish Armada under the reign of Elizabeth I.

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