Gibraltar is a British overseas territory at the tip of Spain's Iberian Peninsula. Gibraltar is enviably located at land's end on Europe, facing the autonomous Spanish city of Ceuta in North Africa across the Strait of Gibraltar. The climate is temperate, warmish in summer but mildly cooled by the rain in winter. There are no cities, but the population of nearly 30,000 is separated into two coasts around the Rock of Gibraltar. An overwhelming majority are located on the Westside, while the rest are scattered on the east coast in smaller settlements such as Catalan Bay and Sandy Bay. You can get a car for rent in Gibraltar and explore the countryside, which is actually across the border in Spain, beyond La Linea de la Concepcion.
Westside is the urban core of Gibraltar, and home to 98 percent of the population. Both the airport and cruise ship terminal are here, so you will be arriving in Westside unless you are entering by road from Spain. Either way, you can get a car for hire in Gibraltar and drive along the coast. Stop by at Western Beach, Ocean Village, and Marina Bay. The 100 Ton Gun is an amazing sight. Do not miss a chance to get acquainted with the Barbary Apes at the Apes' Den (Queen's Gate) in the region near the Alameda Botanic Gardens and the Great Siege Tunnels. Main Street is the best place for shopping and dining. At the very tip of Gibraltar, you will find Europa Point and the historic Shrine of Our Lady of Europe. Even older is the Moorish Castle on Casemates Square.
Catalan Bay is as close to a conventional beach resort as possible in this strange place. The beach at La Caleta is squeezed in the narrow space on the east coast between the depths of the Strait of Gibraltar and the green slopes of the Jurassic limestone rock. The main tourist hub at Catalan Bay is the Caleta Palace Hotel. The wide and sandy beach is the second largest one in Gibraltar. The largest beach is Eastern Beach, located further north from Catalan Bay.
Go south from Catalan Bay on Sir Herbert Miles Road and you will reach Sandy Bay. This is mostly a residential area, and the beach is very much isolated. Sandy Bay does get a fair amount of visitors on their way to and from Europa Point. You have to go through the Dudley Ward Tunnel on the road between Sandy Bay and Europa Point.
If you have seen all of the Westside and the beaches on the east coast, then you can add to the experience by crossing over across the Spanish border into La Linea de la Concepcion and then further into the Iberian Peninsula and beyond. Book your car rental in Gibraltar right now and chart out an itinerary, because this is a very vast land you are about to explore. If you track the Mediterranean coast on CA-34 and the A-7, you will reach Puente Mayorga and then Palmones in about 45 minutes. From here, Algeciras is less than 20 minutes away. You can catch a one hour intercontinental car ferry ride from the port of Algeciras in Europe to Ceuta in Africa, so that you can continue your road trip in North Africa.
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