Gibraltar is full of surprises! You may well know that Gibraltar is home to a troop of mischievous Barbary Macaques, but did you realise that approximately 300 of the furry trouble makers are descendants from North Africa, and are the only wild monkey population in Europe!
Gibraltar, commonly known as ‘The Rock’ by locals, boasts a warm, Mediterranean climate, given its fortunate location at the tip of Southern Spain. Classified as a peninsula, Gibraltar has become an idyllic location for the sun-starved British holidaymaker, riddled with curious caves, historic world war tunnels, museums, a nature reserve and a cable car to transport up to the top of the rock, all well worth the look at by avid historians, nature enthusiasts, tourists and locals alike!
Down in the town of Gibraltar you will discover an array of artisan craft shops, cafes and restaurants to enjoy. For the more adventurous holiday maker there is a abundance of leisure activities at your fingertips including sailing, hiking, e-bike riding, helicopter rides and dolphin trips to immerse yourself in at the spectacular beaches which have crystal clear waters to relish.
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In Gibraltar the legal tender is Gibraltar Government Sterling notes and coinage, although United Kingdom sterling notes and coinage are also welcomed. Credit cards and Euros are also widely accepted.
In Spain the legal tender is Euro’s. Credit cards are also widely accepted.
The official language of Gibraltar is English. There are 3 official languages of Spain:
- Spanish (nationwide)
- Aranese in Catalonia
- Basque in the Basque Country and Navarre
- Catalan in Catalonia and the Balearic Islands
- Galician in Galicia
- Valencian in Valencia
Gibraltar has a wonderful year round climate with a unique microclimate driven by its position in the Straits and its surrounding high mountains flanking the peninsula. This unique microclimate creates warm westerly winds, but also humid easterly levanta winds that cause the famous cloud that forms on the top of the rock. The weather is still typical of the Mediterrean with August generally the hottest month with an average daytime temperature of 27-34°C (80-93°F), and the coldest month is January with daytime highs of 13-18°C (55-65°F). July has the record for the most daily sunshine of around 9 hours per day. The wettest month is November with an average of 140mm of rain.
Spain is not surprisingly a popular winter destination with a wonderful mediterrean climate. The Costa’s and Canary Islands are extremely popular in winter, with perfect winter temperatures with average daytime highs of 18°C (64 °F) on the coast and in the Canary Islands around 23°C (74°F).
In Gibraltar, electrical plugs are known as type ‘G’ plugs, they are a British three-pin rectangular blade plug that has a protective fuse inside to protect cords from high-current circuits. Gibraltar operates on a 220 – 240 supply voltage and the standard frequency is 50 Hz.
In Spain, there are two associated plug types, known as types C and F. Plug type C has two round pins and plug type F has two round pins with two earth clips on the side. Spain operates on a 230V supply voltage and the standard frequency is 50 Hz.
Drinking water in Gibraltar is produced by reverse osmosis desalination, mixed and blended with water from some of the natural wells in the Rock and delivered from large underground reservoirs which are also located inside the Rock. This potable water supply is closely monitored and tested in the storage reservoirs and is therefore safe to drink. A separate supply of saltwater is used for sanitary purposes.
In Spain, according to the Spanish Ministry of Health, 99.5% of the country’s water supply is perfectly safe to drink, with only 0.5% inadequate for human consumption. Furthermore, they maintain that the supply systems in Spain are rigorously monitored and use purification and sanitary controls to preserve water quality and ensure that it is safe to consume once it reaches our homes, however bottled water still seems to be the most popular option for citizens living in Spain up and down the Country.
Gibraltar has a list of available services which can be applied for online, please see the link below:
For a comprehensive list of everything Gibraltar has to offer please visit: https://www.visitgibraltar.gi
Useful telephone numbers
- EMERGENCY ONLY
- EMERGENCY ONLY (Mobiles)
- Fire and Ambulance
- Local Directory Enquiries
- International Directory Enquiries
- Royal Gibraltar Police (non emergency)
- +350 200 72500
- Fire Department (non emergency)
- +350 200 79507
- Ambulance Service (non emergency)
- +350 200 77390
- St Bernard’s Hospital
- +350 200 79700
- Primary Care Centre
- +350 200 72355
- +350 200 74805
- +350 200 70027
- Cable Car bottom station
- +350 200 12765
- Gibraltar Customs Department
- +350 200 78879
- Airport enquiries
- +350 200 12345
- Clamp towaway
- +350 200 76999
- Customs enquiries
- +350 200 78879
- Quirno Veternary Clinic
- +350 200 78187
- Passport Office
- +350 200 76945
- Post Office
- +350 200 75624
- Births, Marriages and Deaths
- +350 200 72289
- Companies and trademarks
- +350 200 78193
- Civil Status, Passports, Visas
- +350 200 71543
- Tourist Information Offices
- +350 200 45000 / +350 200 74950
- Frontier Information Office
- +350 200 50762
- Cruise Terminal
- +350 200 47071