Monkey see, monkey do…especially in Gibraltar. Don’t mind these wild animals – they’ve been here longer than some of Gibraltar’s residents. These Barbary macaques – the only wild monkeys in Europe – have free roam around the rock since the British claimed Gibraltar from Spain in 1713. Legend has it that when the monkeys leave the island, Gibraltar will go back being a Spanish colony. Book a flight to Gibraltar to see them for yourself.
Board a connecting flight to Gibraltar from the UK and explore the islands alongside hundreds of monkeys roaming the rock. The Rock of Gibraltar symbolizes many things to many people. In ancient Rome and Greece, the rock was one of the two pillars of Hercules. During World War II, the rock was used as a harboring point for British soldiers. Throughout centuries, nothing has been able to break the rock. Today, the Rock of Gibraltar symbolizes strength and unity – “as solid as the Rock of Gibraltar” refers to a person or situation that cannot fail. Book a flight to Gibraltar for a rock solid trip.
Back to top
Gibraltar has a pleasant Mediterranean climate, with mild winters and warm summers. Temperatures range between 60 F and 90 F.
Back to top
Peak Season: Gibraltar flights are popular during the summer months, when tourists flock to Gibraltar to enjoy the Mediterranean surf.
Off-peak Season: Find cheap flights to Gibraltar in late winter and spring, before the weather heats up and draws tourists to the Mediterranean coast for summer vacations. Be aware that if you book Gibraltar flights and hotels during the off season, many restaurants, shops and cafes may be closed. Also, ferries to Spain and Morocco from Gibraltar travel less frequently in the off season so you’ll need to plan your day drips accordingly.
Back to top
After your Gibraltar flight touches down, the easiest way to reach your final Gibraltar destination is by taxi, bus or rental car from the airport. Gibraltar is easily traversed on foot or by automobile. You can find domestic Gibraltar flights to Spain and connecting countries, but there is no rail service to/from Gibraltar.
Back to top
- Military buffs book flights to Gibraltar to visit one of the most heavily guarded territories in the British Empire. The Rock of Gibraltar has been a steadfast icon for the Royal Armed Forces, as the Spanish have made many attempts throughout history to recapture the British stronghold. British sovereignty should hold up just fine, as long as the Barbary Macaques who reside on the Upper Rock of Gibraltar don’t disappear from the island anytime soon: Legend has it that the Rock of Gibraltar will remain British as long as the famous monkeys call it home. Winston Churchill, upon learning that the macaque population had severely diminished during World War II, ordered their replenishment immediately for fear of testing superstition.
- Former Beatle and peace-minded lyricist John Lennon and his widow, Yoko Ono, were married in Gibraltar on March 20, 1969. Consider stocking your iPod with a Lennon album or two before your Gibraltar flight.
- Looking for something to watch while packing for your flight to Gibraltar? Rent “Das Boot”, an epic World War II drama that follows a German U-Boat as it tries to navigate the waters around Gibraltar. An installment of the James Bond film series, “The Living Daylights”, had its first scenes filmed in Gibraltar as well.
- Gibraltar’s history is steeped in political distress. Though located at the tip of the Iberian Peninsula, Gibraltar is an overseas territory of the United Kingdom and its residents are British Citizens. The languages spoken in Gibraltar are English and Spanish with the local llanito dialect.
- Gibraltar’s attractions are all within walking distance of each other, seeing as the entire destination is less than 3 square miles. Head up to Europa Point for a clear view of where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Mediterranean Sea, or walk up the Mediterranean Steps to the top of the Rock of Gibraltar for countless photo opportunities.
- If you feel like monkeying around after your flight to Gibraltar, head straight to Upper Rock, where the Barbary macaws that make Gibraltar famous reside near a former military base. The Rock of Gibraltar itself is a one that used to symbolize the end of the known world to the Phoenicians, and its importance in mythology is known as one of the Pillars of Hercules.
- St. Michael’s Cave is breathtaking with its stalactites and stunning rock formations. If you’re looking for a little action after your cheap flight to Gibraltar arrives, head to the largest of the cave’s chambers, the Cathedral Cave, for concerts, operas and theatrical presentations.
Back to top