To the untrained eye, Gibraltar is merely another holiday destination. No fuss, no hassle. Just like many other countries in Europe, there are certain criteria and hurdles you must jump through so as to enter the province as either a tourist or as a citizen. On top of this, it’s worth noting the most popular tourist destinations in the province as well as information on how to get there from other nearby countries. Whatever your reason for visiting, whether you’re looking for accommodation in Gibraltar or merely visiting for the day, knowing where to start will be important for a successful trip.
Getting to Gibraltar
Gibraltar is a British territory nestled between Morocco and Spain and is nestled within the strait of Gibraltar, a key stretch of sea for trade and commerce. The borders therefore, are one of those two countries.
Travelling from Spain, you will have your documents checked by a Spanish officer who will make sure you have all the documents you need to enter the territory. A citizen of the EU will be allowed through without a visa. As long as you have all of your documents in check you can be rest assured that as a citizen of an EU member state you’ll have no trouble coming through to Gibraltar.
Travelling from Morocco or other countries
If you are travelling from elsewhere you will need to catch a ferry over to Gibraltar. The border control has a rule that, if you require a VISA to enter the UK, you will need a separate VISA to enter Gibraltar. Most VISAS’ allow you to stay in Gibraltar for 21 days, although it must also be valid for an extra week upon leaving the country. Countries that follow this rule include India, China and Russia.
Gibraltar’s Sovereignty – what you need to know
Gibraltar has been in the news recently in regards to the UK’s withdrawal from the EU and Gibraltar’s stance on this. The reason for this is due to the fact that Gibraltar is a sovereign state of the UK. Although the country has its own internal self-governance, the countries head of state is officially Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom, making it an overseas territory of the British government. The reason or this is due to its strategic importance due to being located on the Gibraltar strait, a key trading route for commercial vessels.
Top attractions of Gibraltar
Gibraltar is a key holiday destination for many due to its unique geological formations and luxury hotels in Gibraltar. The rock of Gibraltar is a large rock with a historical resonance spanning millennia. The rock is also known as the “Pillar of Hercules” relating back to an ancient myth recounting some of the feats the heroic demi-God Hercules had to perform. The rock of Gibraltar is also home to the remains of British fort and to the famous Gibraltar Barbary macaques. These monkeys are one of the top tourist attractions for the area. There are many other draws t the area, including its thriving retail, arts and tourist community.