This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Gibraltar. To help you make friends with Gibraltar before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!
Gibraltar, Gibraltar -- sometimes referred to as a country -- is a small peninsula that in fact is an overseas territory of the United Kingdom. It borders Spain to the north, and the land stretches only five kilometers from north to south and is just over two kilometers at its widest point from west to east. There is basically just one city with the same name, Gibraltar.
As soon as you cross immigrations, almost everything looks British, except for the climate. Street signs are in English, and the British and Gibraltar Pound are the official currencies. The Euro is accepted by most shops, but often at an exchange rate that does not work in your favour.
Gibraltar’s most iconic place is the infamous rock; you can hike up or take a cable car to visit. For a fee, you will get entrance to the caves and other sites on the rock. The Barbary macaques welcome you, or rather steal your food whenever they see their chance.
Many tourists choose to visit Gibraltar as a day trip from Spanish cities such as Malaga, Cadiz, and Seville. Booking a night in a Gibraltar, Gibraltar hostel will allow you to discover Gibraltar a bit more in depth and to experience the city before or after the day trippers have arrived or left Gibraltar. As it's a small city, there are not many hostels in Gibraltar, Gibraltar. The advantage of a small city is that your Gibraltar, Gibraltar hostel is never far away from the places worth going. There are also a few guesthouses and bed-and-breakfasts for those traveling with a lower budget. Booking your Gibraltar, Gibraltar hostel in advance is recommended, especially in summer.
The best and most common way to enter Gibraltar is by bus from Spain. Directly after crossing the border, you will cross the airstrip by foot, which is a unique thing to do in the world. Flying into Gibraltar is also possible, but airfares tend to be fairly expensive. Check your visa requirements for Gibraltar before arrival. Gibraltar is not part of the Schengen Zone, and depending on your nationality, your Schengen visa may or may not be sufficient to enter Gibraltar.
Written by local enthusiast for Gibraltar hostelsMartin Straatman