Mark and David's verdict
It might not have been on your bucket list, but more importantly, Gibraltar is now on the Government's Green List for visitors from England. The island enjoys a superb climate with a long season of sunshine and sea breezes and is less than three hours flying time from the UK. There are some lovely places to stay and fascinating sights to tempt you from your sun lounger.

Recommended tour operator: Classic Collection

Classic Collection says

Often referred to as The Rock – and only a little more than two square miles in size – Gibraltar sits between southern Spain and north Africa.

  • Excellent sunshine record
  • Short transfer times

Arguably its most famous residents are the Barbary Apes, the cheeky tail-less monkeys for whom the rough limestone cliffs and scrub vegetation have been home since the 18th century, when the British established its first garrison here. A cable car trip up to their habitat on the slopes of the rock is a must-do for most visitors.

However, Gibraltar offers much more to see including the spectacular St Michael’s Cave, the Alameda Botanical Gardens, a medieval castle and fascinating places of worship representing many different religions. Its location also means that – once borders are open – places like Seville and Jerez are easily accessible for day trips and you can take a short ferry ride across the Straits of Gibraltar to Morocco’s exotic city of Tangier.

There’s a wide range of water sports too, including dolphin- and whale-watching trips, scuba-diving, deep sea fishing and sailing.

We currently offer just two luxury hotels in Gibraltar – quite simply, they’re the best on offer.

Hosting a Who’s Who of guests since the 1930s, The Rock Hotel is something of a legend with its Art Deco glamour, superb views and exemplary service from its long-standing staff. We love the colonial feel and sense of tradition, albeit with superb modern amenities.

Utterly unique, Sunborn Gibraltar is a floating hotel – the world’s first five-star yacht hotel. Located in Gibraltar’s marina, it’s sleek and modern and we especially like its top deck restaurant and outstanding concierge service.

With direct flights from the UK taking 2hrs 40 minutes, and airport transfers at under 15 minutes, Gibraltar is easily accessible with a fantastic year-round sunshine record.

Explore our range of holidays in Gibraltar and find out more at the tourist board’s website.

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