Gibraltar is served by Gibraltar Airport (GIB) which is located in the north of Gibraltar. The airport is also a major gateway for those visiting destinations in western Andalusia. On average, you can expect a flight from London to Gibraltar to take around 2 hours 30 minutes.
A number of airlines operate direct flights from the UK to Gibraltar; major operators include Monarch, British Airways and EasyJet. Monarch is the largest airline operator in Gibraltar and operates frequent flights to Gibraltar from major UK locations such as London, Birmingham, Manchester and Bristol.
Malaga Airport (AGP) is a popular alternative to Gibraltar Airport. This airport is situated 120km away from Gibraltar in Spain and offers more fights from a wider range of locations. Arrivals can then get a bus or taxi to their destination in Gibraltar.
In order to make sure that you are getting the very best deal on your flights to Gibraltar you should book your tickets in advance. Flight comparison sites are a great way to do this as they allow you to compare costs from a range of popular operators.
What to Do in Gibraltar
History lovers and those curious to learn a bit more about the Rock should visit the Gibraltar Museums. Although many people overlook this museum when heading up to the Upper Rock, Gibraltar Museum is home to a number of interesting exhibits and contains a well-preserved Moorish bathhouse from the Fourteenth Century. One of the museums most famous artefacts is a reproduction of the first Neanderthal skill found in Europe, Gibraltar Woman, and a model of Gibraltar made during the second half of the Nineteenth Century.
No trip to Gibraltar is complete without taking a trip to Apes’ Den at the top of the Rock where the islands’ Barbary Macaques live. At the nature reserve the monkeys roam freely and are publically fed twice a day. One of the best ways to get to Apes’ Den is to take a cable-car trip. The cable car system was built in the 60s and offers fantastic views of the island. In addition, you can see both Africa and Spain from the cable car.
One of Gibraltar’s most famous attractions is St Michael’s Cave which is the largest of Gibraltar’s 150 caves. The cave has a spectacular collection of stalagmites and stalactites and is often used as an atmospheric stage for dance performances and concerts. The cave can be reached via cable car too.
As the Rock is a major stopping point for migratory birds, Gibraltar has fantastic opportunities for bird watching. In the autumn and spring, the Rock sees an influx of thousands of birds having a rest during their journeys between Africa and Europe. During these seasons, owls, hoopoes, eagles, black kites and more join Gibraltar’s native species. Notable birds native to Gibraltar include Barbary partridges and peregrine falcons. Nature lovers may also be interested in the whale watching opportunities which Gibraltar affords. The Bay of Gibraltar has a large population of whales and dolphins and there are numerous boat trips which give holidaymakers the opportunity to see these interesting creatures in their natural habitat.