The name “Gibraltar” derives from “Tariks Mountain,” after Tariq-Ibn-Zayid, the Muslim conqueror who invaded the Iberian Peninsula in 711. Although Gibraltar is a multi-ethnic and a multi-religious society, its citizens identify themselves as having a common culture based on common history and territoriality, intermarriage, mutual tolerance, and their status as British colonial subjects.
Gibraltar is a tiny territory of 4 square miles (6.5 square kilometers) at the southern tip of the Iberian Peninsula. The territory consists mainly of rock. The Rock of Gibraltar is linked to the end of the Iberian Peninsula by a narrow sandy isthmus. The frontier with Spain is located to the North. The Eastern side is made up of sheer cliffs, reaching a maximum altitude of 426 metres with sandy beaches forming the perimeter. The Western slopes are gentler and much of its lower half is taken up by the city, with the upper parts having been made into a nature reserve.
Gibraltar has thirty thousand inhabitants, of which around twenty-five thousand have the status of British Gibraltarians.
Gibraltar’s official language is English. Locally, Yanito, an Andalusian-based creole language with many English, Italian, Hebrew, and Maltese words, is spoken. Minority languages include Sindhi and Arabic.
Gibraltarians share a strong sense of unity that is expressed in several cultural symbols: traditional housing arrangements, a common school system, and the Yanito language.
Gibraltar has a wide array of plant life, many of which are native to the area and a wide variety of animals and marine animals including the famous Rock Apes, the Barbary Partridge, dolphins, Pilot Whales, Killer Whales and Sperm Whales.
As a place rich in culture, there are many places to visit. Taking ‘The Official Rock Tour’ by taxi or by coach is the best way to visit some of Gibraltar’s most interesting sites. The tour lasts approximately 90 minutes and offers plenty of time to look around at each stop. Alternatively you can visit the Upper Rock Nature Reserve on the Cable Car, which you can take from Alameda Grand Parade. Popular sites include St. Michael’s Cave, The Great Siege Tunnels, the Moorish Castle, Europe Point, Ape’s Den and the World War II Tunnels.
Main Street is Gibraltar’s number 1 shopping street.
Main Street, with its adjoining lanes and byways offers a wide variety of shops selling cosmetics, perfumes, electrical goods, jewellery, tobacco, spirits, clothes and locally made crystal and fine arts and crafts, all VAT free!
Shops normally open between 9.00 a.m. and 7.30 p.m. during weekdays and half days on Saturdays. Many, but not all, are closed on Sundays.
No matter how old you are Gibraltar has something for everyone including a casino, cinema, bowling alley, public swimming baths, numerous sports centres plus dolphin spotting trips, boat charters, the Sunborn Floating Hotel and diving trips to name but a few.
Gibraltar has three marinas: Ocean Village, Marina Bay and Queensway Quay, all of which include mooring for an array of yachts and sailing vessels and shops, restaurants, cafés and bars.
Gibraltar’s development as a Finance Center (Banking, Insurance, Wealth Management), and as an offshore host for many Gaming companies, has caused an explosion in the number of expatriate residents in and around the area, including Sotogrande. This new community is vibrant, and juxtapositions itself well alongside traditional local community.
The currency is Sterling, with notes issued by the Government of Gibraltar, which may not be accepted elsewhere. UK notes are accepted as are Euros by most shops and bars. 100 Euro or greater notes will not be changed due to the possibility of fraud.
15-minute drive from Sotogrande with Gibraltar Airport located just by the border with Spain.
Sotogrande lays within a twenty minute drive from Gibraltar, and mayor UK airlines as Easy Jet and Monarch offer regular flights to and from Gibraltar.
Sotogrande and Gibraltar, a perfect combination.
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