Gibraltar is a place that I never thought about going. So when Alan suggested going to Gibraltar for a weekend away, I didn’t quite know what to expect. But it turns out it is a lovely little place to visit.
You can do Gibraltar in a weekend if you visit the main attractions. Like visiting the rock, dolphin watching. You could go to the beach if the weather permits or do a bit of shopping. Perfect for a weekend break. Here’s what we did.
Explored The Rock
We took a taxi tour and went up to the rock. There were lots of interesting things to see, including St Michaels cave, The Great Siege tunnels and the apes – which you could watch for hours! If you can do the 3- hour walking tour around the rock. It’s better, that way you will get to see everything that the rock includes
Went On A Dolphin Spotting Tour.
It took about 45 minutes to find the dolphins. We were told that if they (the tour guides) didn’t find them today then we get to go out on the boat for free again tomorrow. But we found them!
It was a lovely experience to see all the dolphins in pods together, swimming around us. I’d only ever seen dolphins in Florida so these ones were wild dolphins and were smaller Though not managed to get any pictures of the dolphins, they were quick!
There are lots of nice little pubs in Gibraltar for food and drink. But the best one was on boardwalk called Bruno’s. Contemporary In style, and lovely outside views of the dock and nightlife.
We sat outside in comfy chairs at night. It was a little cold outside so they had outdoor heaters, which soon warmed us up. It was very romantic and from what I saw of the inside, it was a great atmosphere and was nicely done up. Food is gorgeous here and we had sizzling fietas.
Another nice pub to visit was also at the harbour called O’Reilly’s Irish pub, just a nice, relaxing pub, with cheap beer. Family friendly also. You can either sit in or go outside.
Gibraltar is the 5th most dangerous airport in the world. When planes are coming in to land or going to take off, the whole road has to be shut!
This is an attraction in itself for tourists. Sometimes planes don’t even land in Gibraltar. We couldn’t, we were redirected to Malaga because of the strong winds and had a two- hour coach trip to Gibraltar. This is a common thing to happen if you decide to go to Gibraltar.
La Linea And The Chicken Run!
We stayed in a hotel in La Linea, which is the town next to Gibralter, and was only 5 minutes walk to the barriers of Gibraltar. It’s cheaper to stay in La Linea. But after going to both towns, you can see why La Linea is so cheap! (But not from this photo mind, it looks nice in the photo)
La Linea is a little rough and I wouldn’t recommend walking here very late at night. There is a Mcdonalds nearby, which we ate in often.
But one time we wanted to try something different and wandered down the boulevard across from the border.
It wasn’t nice to look at really, just worn down takeaways and cafes. with a few tatty tables outside. (well, when we had sat outside with an amazing view of docks, in a lovely restaurant in Gibralter…….)
But we were looking for something cheaper, than the price of Gibralter food. So we sat down outside a small cafe and ordered burgers and chips. It was the worst food we had ever tasted! Don’t even think the bacon on top of the burger had been cooked at all. The burger was undercooked also and was red inside. Think Gordon Ramsey needs to come here!
We later read about this place online, and is actually nicknamed the chicken run!! Apparently, this is the place lots of muggings are reported. So tip – no going down the chicken run!!
So this is what we did on our weekend trip to Gibraltar. Three days was just enough here, otherwise, we would have run out of things to do. So if you get the chance, do Gibraltar. Worth a visit.