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Gibraltar, UK Territory (5/12/2018)

Gibraltar is a British Overseas Territory located on the southern end of the Iberian Peninsula. It has an area of 2.6 sq mi and shares its northern border with Spain. The Rock of Gibraltar is the major landmark of the region. At its foot is a densely populated city area, home to over 30,000 Gibraltarians and other nationalities.

Evidence of Neanderthal habitation in Gibraltar between 28,000 and 24,000 BP has been discovered at Gorham's Cave, making Gibraltar possibly the last known holdout of the Neanderthals. Within recorded history, the first inhabitants were the Phoenicians, around 950 BC. Subsequently, Gibraltar became known as one of the Pillars of Hercules, after the Greek legend of the creation of the Strait of Gibraltar by Heracles. The Carthaginians and Romans also established semi-permanent settlements. After the collapse of the Roman Empire, Gibraltar came briefly under the control of the Vandals. The area later formed part of the Visigothic Kingdom of Hispania from 414 AD until the Islamic conquest of Iberia in 711 AD.

An Anglo-Dutch force captured Gibraltar from Spain in 1704 during the War of the Spanish Succession on behalf of the Habsburg claim to the Spanish throne. The territory was subsequently ceded to Britain "in perpetuity" under the Treaty of Utrecht in 1713. During World War II it was an important base for the Royal Navy as it controlled the entrance and exit to the Mediterranean Sea, which is only eight miles wide at this point. Today Gibraltar's economy is based largely on tourism, online gambling, financial services, and shipping.

This will be our second of two visits to Gibraltar in 2018. We were there 23 days earlier on NCL's Epic on our way to see the Horizon and Barcelona.


Gibraltar pic

Ships dock at Gibraltar's cruise ship terminal just a mile from the center of town. The cruise ship terminal is small but offers international telephones, a snack outlet and a couple of touristy/trinkety kiosks for souvenirs. There are also counters for taxis and tourist information.

Explore the Port:

Here is a list of sites that could help you plan your day in port. Be sure to explore the links on each page for a wealth of information.

Gibraltar Cruise Port Page - Cruise Critic port page for Gibraltar.

Gibraltar Attraction & Activities - Tripadvisor's Things to do in Gibraltar, with a ranked list of attractions & activities.

WhatsInPort - Great info about the port including a webcam (some ports), printable map and ships in port: the Marco Polo will also be in port.

Frommer's Gibraltar - a well respected travel guide, has their take on Gibraltar, with lots of links to explore like a walking tour.

Lonely Planet's Gibraltar - Lonely Planet's coverage of Gibraltar.

Tours by Locals Gibraltar - Discover fascinating Gibraltar with a friendly local guide. Experience Gibraltar through the eyes of a local private guide! Browse our tour 'suggestions' - each can be customized just for you.

Viator's Gibraltar Tour Offerings - Viator is a consolidator, meaning that they source tour companies and resell them. What is nice is that you can pay in USD with your credit card before you leave home. I've used them in a few places and was very pleased. If you can find the company they are using to book directly, you can save a bit.

Gibraltar Port Guide - Tom Sheridan has created a series of Port Guides for ports around the world. They are in PDF format; thus, can be loaded on your tablet, or printed, to have handy. Tom's website is, where he gives travel tips and explains how to best use his guides.

Gibraltar Tourism - The official website for Gibraltar Tourism.

Gibraltar Travel Guide - A 3.5-min, hi-def video of Must-see Attractions that is narrated with music.

10 Most Popular Tourist Attractions in Gibraltar - A professional, hi-def video with music and titles for the attractions.

Rick Steves' Andalucia: The Best of Southern Spain - A 55-min, hi-def video by one of the best tour guides and writers around. This video is about Andalucia and covers Gibraltar and Grenada as well as other cities in this region.

More to come...

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