This is a unique place to visit. A slice of Britain with a flavour of Spain all set underneath the Mediterranean sun...
Visitors to Gibraltar arrive at Gibraltar International Airport (also known by its IATA code, GIB) which is run and operated by the Royal Air Force, but also handles commercial flights to and from the UK.
It is located very close to the border with Spain which means hiring a car at Gibraltar Airport offers travellers the opportunity to explore not just the British territory but southern parts of Spain too. It is worth noting that traffic drives on the right in Gibraltar, unlike the Spanish over the border who drive on the right.
The main attraction for most visitors to Gibraltar is the Rock, which stands at 426 metres high and can be reached by a cable-car which runs from outside the Gibraltar Botanic Gardens. Aside from the spectacular views offered across the whole of the territory, as well as of southern Spain and the sea, the Rock is also popular because of its underground tunnels and its population of Barbary Macaques.
The former is exemplified by naturally occurring caves and grottos such as St Michael's Cave, with its impressive array of stalactites and stalagmites, as well as manmade tunnels, known as the Great Siege Tunnels, which were originally built for military purposes but can now be explored by tourists and can offer unparalleled views over the Bay of Gibraltar.
The Barbary Macaques, also mistakenly known as Barbary Apes, can be found in the nature reserve at the top of the rock as well as at Apes Den on the way up, where visitors can get particularly close to these unique animals.
There is more to Gibraltar than the Rock, so once you have explored it and its caves and tunnels you could try one of our recommendations...
Key attractions include Princess Caroline's Battery on the Rock, which gives a fascinating insight into the history of the British military garrison at Gibraltar. Smugglers Cove, which reminds visitors of the illicit activities that were also conducted here and Nelson's Anchorage, where Admiral Horatio Nelson's body was brought ashore from HMS Victory after his death at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805.
History aside, animal-lovers will thoroughly enjoy visiting Dolphin World or taking a boat trip out into the bay to spot the whales and dolphins that are often visible in the area. In the town centre, the main street offers an excellent opportunity for duty-free shopping which will be appreciated by many visitors.
If Gibraltar doesn't have enough to occupy the more intrepid explorers, Gibraltar car hire makes it possible to cross the Spanish border and explore some of the highlights of that region. The town of La Linea de la Concepcion lies directly on the other side of the border and can be accessed by travelling down Winston Churchill Avenue.
The popular holiday destinations of the Costa del Sol and Costa de la Luz are also accessible from Gibraltar, as are the towns of Seville, Malaga and Cadiz. In short, Gibraltar has much to offer both within the British territory and beyond its borders.