What to know when visiting Gibraltar


Weather & Climate

The climate is arguably the least British aspect of life in Gibraltar. While the mainland is drizzly with the occasional sunny day, Gibraltar is every bit the Mediterranean sunshine paradise that its location suggests it to be. Summers here are hot and dry, not to mention humid, while the winters are about as temperate as a British weather gets. This is a 3,000 hours of sunshine a year sort of place.

Crime & Safety

Gibraltar has a very low crime rate, which is one of the many reasons the expats of mainland Britain head here in their droves for a quiet life. Even pickpocketing is rare here. In fact, the only real issues that could arise are drunken middle aged blokes who disagree with your choice of football team, or a slightly too-close encounter with one of the apes on the Rock. Those monkeys are very friendly though, so that would almost certainly be your fault.

Hospitals & Pharmacies

If you’re after a hospital in Gibraltar, we’re sorry to hear that. You also need to get to St Bernard’s Hospital, located on the Europort. The history of the establishment is immensely fascinating ― it was opened in 1567 by a wealthy Spanish innkeeper, a man called Juan Mateos who converted the upper part of his house into a 20-bed hospital. St Bernard’s has come a long way since then, and is now a modern establishment with excellent facilities. Pharmacies are plentiful, open during business hours and generally very friendly.

Public Toilets

Gibraltar has plenty of public toilets, both in the centre of town and at the numerous beaches around. These are generally well maintained, although the whole 50p for 20 minutes thing is a little frustrating. What happens if you end up mired in a lengthy battle with your bowels? We hope to never find out.

Internet & WiFi

Most bars, pubs and clubs in Gibraltar have WiFi available for customers, with lengthy passwords and questionable connectivity. Be sure to buy a drink or something else before asking to use the WiFi.

Can you drink the tap water?

Tap water in Gibraltar is generally safe to drink, although first time visitors are encouraged to stick to bottled water initially. Potable water hasn’t always been the case in Gibraltar, and the strip of land was once a hotbed of cholera, yellow fever and all the other good things. Those days are long gone though, and the Ministry of Defence provides the people of Gib with drinking water via a network of reservoirs deep within the Rock.

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