Gibraltar Travel Overview
Official language: English
England’s enclave in Spain
Monkeys and a rock that has been fought over for centuries, Gibraltar’s history is moving – the monkey rock does not move.
Gibraltar is located on the Iberian Peninsula and borders Spain. Politically, it is part of the British overseas territory. By the Treaty of Utrecht in the 18th century, it was given to England. This treaty is still causing conflicts today and has repeatedly sparked political and military conflicts. Because of its strategic location on the Strait of Gibraltar – the strait between Africa and Europe – there are frequent clashes between the authorities of Spain and England. Most recently in 2009 during a police operation.
Gibraltar is a safe country to travel to. You can enter without hesitation. Parking is very expensive in the city, so it is best to leave your car in Spain. There are no train connections, but an international airport. To see an aircraft taking off or landing on the 1,200 meter wide strip is always a spectacle: the road has to be blocked off every time as it crosses the runway.
Besides this attraction there are other sights. The rock of Gibraltar ” the rock ” is sung about in many ballads. It was of strategic importance during the Second World War, as it never fell into the hands of the neighboring fascist states. The fortress “moorish castle” and the extensive network of tunnels below it should definitely be see.
On the rock you will be rewarded with a wonderful view that extends to Africa.
Did you know that Gibraltar – the Barbary Macaque – is home to the only wild species of monkey in Europe? That is why Gibraltar is also called “the monkey rock “.
Official language: English
Pound (100 pence)
ISO 4217 code
GIP / 292
Geo coordinates: N 36 ° 8 ‘15.9 ” W -5 ° -20’ -43.3″
Highest mountain: Rock of Giblartar (426 m)
Total area: 7 km²
Mainland: 7 km²
National border: 1 km
Coastline: 12 km
Dependency: Great Britain since 1704
Electricity consumption: 103 million KWh
Average age: 39.8 years
0-14 years: 17.5%
15-64 years: 66%
> 65 years: 16.5%
Population growth: 0.14%
Birth rate: 10.74 / 1,000 residents
Death rate: 9.31 / 1,000 residents
Ratio men / women: 1.01
Fertility: 1.65 children / woman
Infant mortality: 5.06 ‰
Life expectancy men: 76.92 years
Life expectancy women: 82.83 years
Country codes and abbreviations
ISO 3166 Alpha 2: GI
ISO 3166 Alpha 3: GIB
ISO 3166 numeric: 292
Top Level Domain: gi
UN / LOCODE: GI
Paved roads: 29 km
Merchant fleet (ships over 1,000 GRT): 180
Main religious group: Christians
Arriving by plane
There are no direct flights to Gibraltar from Germany, Switzerland and Austria. Iberia (IB) connects Madrid with Gibraltar. British Airways (BA) (Internet: www.britishairways.com) offers daily direct flights to Gibraltar from international German airports as well as from Zurich via London Heathrow and Gatwick. Monarch Airlines (ZB) (Internet: www.flymonarch.com/) flies from London Luton to Gibraltar. British Airways flies from Vienna.
The Spanish city of Malaga is an alternative flight, from where you can continue to Gibraltar by car. Car rentals are available at the airport.
London – Gibraltar: 2 hours 40 minutes; Frankfurt – Malaga: 2 hours 55 minutes; Zurich – Malaga: 2 hours 35 minutes; Vienna – Malaga: 4 hours 30 minutes
Arrival by car
La Linea is the only border crossing into Spain.
Arrival by ship
International cruises to and from Gibraltar are operated by P&O (Internet: www.poferries.com), Seabourn (Internet: www.seabourn.com) , Cunard (Internet: www.cunard.com) , Celebrity (Internet: www.celebrity. com) , Princess (Internet: www.princess.com) , Costa (Internet: www.costacruises.com) and Norwegian Cruises (Internet: www.ncl.com).
There is a regular ferry connectionfrom the ferry terminal (Internet: www.gibraltarport.com) with the hydrofoil from FRS Iberia (Internet: www.frs.es) to Tangier (Morocco) (journey time: 80 minutes)
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On the way by car / bus
Bus: There is a good bus network, the buses run at short intervals. Taxis can be found everywhere; Drivers are legally obliged to present the tariff list on request.
Rental cars with and without a chauffeur can be rented. Tours outside of Gibraltar are also organized. Documents: liability insurance is mandatory. Own driver’s license.
The maximum speed allowed is 50 km / h.