Fly To Gibraltar, Iberian Peninsula
Fondly known as ‘The Rock’, Gibraltar is an overseas territory of the UK that lies at the entrance of the Mediterranean Sea. While it shares a border with Spain to the north, and Spanish is widely spoken, the people of this territory see themselves as very proud British citizens.
It has a very rich history, with first mentions of The Rock being made in ancient Greek mythology. While some development has occurred over the years, it has managed to retain its sense of mystery however. From the ubiquitous monkeys to the incredible views, you are sure to come away with a new wonder for this tiny island after a visit.
Visa Requirements & SA Embassy Details
- South African Passport holders do need a Visa to enter Gibraltar. These are issued separately to UK visas, meaning that you will need Visas for both territories if travelling from the UK. Make sure you leave plenty of time for applications and processing, and check that your passport is valid for at least 6 months after your planned return with a minimum of 2 blank pages available for entry stamps.
- The South African High Commission to Gibraltar and the UK is situated in London. South Africa House, Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 5DP. Phone: +44 207 451 7299. Website: southafricahouseuk.com.
See and do
At just 7 square kilometres, The Rock might be small – but what it lacks in size, it certainly makes up for in things to see and do. One of the top attractions is Europa Point, where the Atlantic and Mediterranean meet. From here it is possible to see the coast of Africa or take a cable car trip for an even better view. Upper Rock is where the famous Barbary Macaque monkeys are seen – it is a lovely nature reserve that also happens to be a military base.
Also worth a mention is the intimidating but fascinating Mediterranean Steps – a great feat if you are feeling fit and up to the challenge. You can also spot dolphins, visit the Gibraltar Museum or take a full tour if you want to see all of the main sights in one go.
After you have had your fill of adventuring, you might want to indulge in some retail therapy. The Gibraltar Pound is the national currency – it is much the same value as the British Pound. You cannot use this currency in the UK, but you can use British Pounds in Gibraltar. There are a number of shops to try – most are small rather than being glitzy centres.
The small size of Gibraltar makes it easy to explore by foot – this is also a nice way to take in the sights that might otherwise be missed when travelling faster. Some roads are very steep however, but taxis will easily get you around at a decent rate. These taxis are much like our minibus taxis here in South Africa – if you are in a small group, you may have to wait for one to fill up before you head onwards. On the upside, drivers are friendly and knowledgeable – some apparently even know the local Barbary Macaques by name.
Gibraltar Airport (North Front) – GIB
Having made our list of strange airports, we can say with conviction that Gibraltar is one of the most fascinating airports to fly in and out of.
Food and beverage: Victoria Lounge, 36o North Restaurant & Bar.
Currency Exchange: There are ATMs and currency exchange desks in the passenger terminals at Gibraltar Airport.
Airport Hotel: Asur Hotel Campo De Gibraltar, Holiday Inn Express Campo de Gibraltar-Barrios.
Car Hire: Avis, Autos Aguirre.
Airport Hub: Gibraltar Airport (code GIB) does not serve as a hub for any airlines, however many airlines such as Monarch, easyJet and British Airways operate from the airport.