Gibraltar has a pleasant Mediterranean climate, with mild winters and warm summers. Temperatures range between 16 and 32 degrees.
When to fly to Gibraltar
For the beaches and good weather, summer is the peak season, roughly from June to September.
The winters are low season, though the temperature remains mild.
Getting around Gibraltar
Getting around isn’t much of a problem in a territory so small. You can walk it, or use a bus or car.
To get up the Rock itself, the quickest route is by cable car. You can also drive, or take one of the bus tours.
Gibraltar insider information
- From the top of the Rock of Gibraltar you can see Africa, Spain and Gibraltar itself. If you’ve got time, hiking up the rock is an enjoyable way to see the landscape on the way up, and the famous Barbary Apes.
- The Upper Galleries, or Siege Tunnels, are a series of tunnels in the Rock covering about 80km (nearly 50 miles). Dug by hand by the British during the 18th century, the tunnels were a means of carrying the guns onto the northern face of the Rock, in order to defend Gibraltar from Spanish or French attacks. Parts are open to tourists to explore.
- Of the six beaches on Gibraltar’s shoreline, four are sandy. One of the most popular is Catalan Bay, a former fishing village, but today a popular tourist resort. The cove surrounds the sandy beach, and there are a few pubs and restaurants here. It is one of the furthest out of town, so be prepared for a long(ish) walk or take a taxi.
- Dolphins swim in the waters around Gibraltar and can often be spotted from the shore. For a better chance, take a boat trip dolphin spotting. Three agencies currently offer trips – you can book at the tourist office.
- For shopping, or just passing time, take a walk down Main Street. This is the heart of the town and it feels very British (except for the weather).