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About Gibraltar

Gibraltar, a British dependency, is a strategic naval base; with the rock being something of a fortress.

The Rock of Gibraltar

Ancient Greeks called the two peaked rocks in the eastern Mediterranean the Pillars of Hercules.

Map of Gibraltar

The northern pillar, the modern Rock of Gibraltar was known as Calpe, and the southern pillar, ancient Abila, is now called Jebel Musa; in Morocco's Spanish enclave of Ceuta.

The Phoenicians, early Mediterranean mariners, crowned the two rocks with silver columns to mark the limits of safe navigation.

After the Strait of Gibraltar comes the open sea of the Atlantic.

The Arabs called the Rock of Gibraltar Jabal Tariq, meaning Mount of Tariq, in honour of the Muslim general Tariq ibn-Ziyad who invaded Spain in 711.

Castillians captured Gibraltar in 1309, but the rock was soon regained by the Moors and held until 1462.

It was annexed to the Spanish Crown in 1502, and the rock was fortified after yet another north African invasion.

During the War of the Spanish Succession in 1704 combined English and Dutch forces captured Gibraltar, and the English commander took possession of the rock in the name of Queen Anne.

Gibraltar was blockaded by the French and Spanish during the European Wars in America, until the British destroyed the floating batteries of the besiegers on September 14, 1782.

In 1969 Spain closed its border with Gibraltar and travellers from mainland Spain had to take the boat from Algeciras to Tangiers and return on another one to Gibraltar.

The border with the Spanish mainland was fully reopened in February 1985.

The Rock of Gibraltar:
Britain's little outpost at the mouth of the Mediterranean; where the Spaniards drink Lipton.

Gibraltar Travel Tips

If you arrive by car, park as soon as you can and walk to see the main town area, or take a taxi tour to see the rest. The streets are narrow in Gibraltar and a complicated one way system operates.

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In Gibraltar

The official language of Gibraltar is English, although Spanish is widely spoken.

Most of the civilian population are of Portuguese, Italian, Maltese, English, or Spanish descent.

We say civilian because Gibraltar is also a British navy base. The forces personnel swell the numbers and float their salaries into the bar economy.

Gibraltar Chronicle:
News and features from Gibraltar. First published in 1801.

Gibraltar Magazine:
Electronic version of Gibraltar's monthly magazine containing features on Gibraltar, full restaurant menus, information, shopping guide, quiz and more.

Accommodation in Gibraltar

Hotels in Gibraltar.

The Caleta Hotel: Catalan Bay.
Sir Herbert Miles Road.

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Caleta Hotel.

As the largest hotel in Gibraltar, with 169 bedrooms, the Caleta Hotel has for many years been an attractive haven for British and European tourists and a popular choice for dining, amongst the local population seeking a Latin atmosphere in the Italian restaurant.

In a spectacular location, alongside the Mediterranean, the hotel stands on the eastern side of the rock; beside the fishing village of Catalan Bay.

The hotel has recently received substantial investment for the refurbishment of the public areas, restaurant and sea-view bedrooms.

Private access to a small, sheltered, sandy beach overlooking Spain and North Africa.

The Rock Hotel: Gibraltar.
3 Europa Road.

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The Rock Hotel.

The Colonial-style Rock Hotel is located approximately two miles from Gibraltar Airport with views over the straits of Gibraltar.

Built in 1932, by the Marquis of Bute, the hotel has views of Spain and the Rif Mountains in Morocco.

All rooms have sea-views and free Wi-Fi Internet access.

Hotel amenities include a swimming pool, poolside snack bar and game room.

The main restaurant has panoramic views across Gibraltar Bay and the Spanish mainland.

Also on site is the Barbary Bar, which opens out on to the Wisteria Terrace.

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Iberostar Campo de Gibraltar:
This hotel is extremely well located for those who wish to spend a day in Gibraltar, for duty free shopping, or as a stop-off point to explore the rest of Cadiz and Andalucia.

Jobs in Gibraltar

Established in 2004, Recruit Gibraltar is an established recruitment agency in Gibraltar offering a quality recruitment service, free of charge, for people thinking about working in Gibraltar.

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