Fondly known as ‘Gib’ the Rock of Gibraltar is the place to visit if you wish to escape winter and use good old UK currency! Set in the heart of the Mediterranean, it is a peninsula around 2 miles long and 3 miles wide. It is a mere 2.5 hours from home and its sterling currency ensures a hassle-free holiday.
Holiday spending money goes much further due to the Rock's VAT free status and the shopping areas are very good. Good food also is also available and the gastronomy festival 'Calentita' on 17th June is a fun event.
The Rock is often characterised by its Barbary Macaques which roam freely in the Gibraltar Nature Reserve. During WWII Winston Churchill increased the number of resident Macaques to protect Gibraltar's British legacy. Do be warned the macaques can bite and it is against the law to feed them.
What can I do apart from shop?
If you are seeking adventure the Windsor Bridge offers a Thrill Seekers Trail. Positioned in the Upper Rock at 71 metres long, it is located between two batteries and constructed over a 50 metre gorge. It is not an excursion for the faint hearted and sturdy shoes are recommended.
It is worth checking out the beaches which although small ensure a stroll by the sea is part of the holiday experience. Another activity is dolphin watching accessible from Gibraltar's marinas, together with diving and sailing activities.
Click on www.visitgibraltar.gi to find out more about this lovely holiday destination which is patrolled by British bobbies and has numerous pubs, not to mention pints!