Located at the southern end of the Iberian Peninsula, the tiny British Overseas Territory of Gibraltar offers a unique blend of British Mediterranean culture.
Bordered by Spain to the north and with Morocco a short distance over the sea to the south, Gibraltar is a duty-free shopper’s dream. With no VAT pushing up prices and streets filled with British chain stores, boutiques and souvenir shops, there’s a vast range of bargains to be had from designer wear, jewellery and sunglasses to electronic goods, spirits and luxury perfumes and watches.
Despite its size, Gibraltar features some attractions. Climbing the famous rock is an obvious choice for tourists. It's a huge limestone ridge that rises more than 400 meters with steep cliffs on its northern and eastern sides. The views from the Upper Rock are impressive, with Europe on one side and Africa on the other.
Most of the Rock's upper area is covered by a nature reserve, which is home to around 250 Barbary macaques. These macaques, as well as a labyrinthine network of tunnels, attract a large number of tourists each year.
Getting to Gibraltar by ferry is relatively simple with numerous crossings on offer from across the strait in Morocco. Due to its proximity with the more popular port of Algeciras on the south coast of Spain, you could also choose to travel there and drive across to Gibraltar.