The tiny peninsula of Gibraltar is located on the very southernmost edge of Spain, and appears to be stretching down, as though trying to reach Africa, but falls short, just barely, forming the Strait of Gibraltar, through which flows the Mediterranean Sea to reach the Atlantic Ocean. Despite the many different countries situated around her, Gibraltar is actually a British overseas territory, where were once a significant base for the British Navy, and Armed Forces. With Portugal to the northeast, Spain to the north, and Africa to the south, while still being a mainly British territory, Gibraltar is certain a mesh of many different cultures, and people.
Travelers that plan to visit Gibraltar can expect foods that are basically culturally eclectic, however, the main two types of food that tourists will find in the small region, are Mediterranean, and British, or a combination of both. There are many dishes of excellence to be found in the region; an example of the pasta you’ll find there is Rosto, which is mainly a type of macaroni, served with a tomato sauce, including vegetables, sausage, or beef, and other varying vegetable and meat ingredients, topped with grated Edam cheese, called queso bola in Gibraltar. Another example is fideos al horno, which is traditionally served with a combination of sauces, and usually egg and bacon; it’s translated directly into “baked noodles,” and is a traditional family recipe in Gibraltar. Other popular cuisine, is the breads you’ll find in Gibraltar, such as bollos de hornasso, calentita, pan dulce, and panissa. Rolita, is a traditional and popular dish served there; it’s a thin slice of beef, surrounding a variety of ingredients, such as olives, bread crumbs, eggs, herbs and olive oil.
One of the most impressive sites travelers will see, and it would be exceedingly difficult not to see it, is the Rock of Gibraltar. Regardless of how a visitor is approaching, whether by air, or sea, or even driving, the rock stands up, towering high, and reaching up magnificently, making it quite beautiful in appearance. The rock is what attracted so many early inhabitants to the peninsula, acting like a beacon for those coming by air and sea. Because the Rock literally grew right up out of the ocean, and is made of limestone, the Rock is riddled with over a hundred caves. Also among the sites to see are the Barbary Apes, who actually are native to Gibraltar, and can be seen living “semi-wild” in the “Ape’s Den”, or Queen’s Gate, but the main population of Barbary Macaques are found more in the Great Siege area. The beaches in Gibraltar are also very popular, and there are four main beaches that are available for the public; with three hundred days of sunny weather, the beaches are very popular. There is also the mysterious Moorish Castle, located in Gibraltar, and although very large, little is known of its actual origins.
There are several beautiful hotels located in ideal areas within Gibraltar, such as Rock Hotel, located on Europa Road, in Gibraltar, and built in 1932 by the Marquis of Bute, also the Caleta Palace Hotel, which is located on the Catalan Bay, on the eastern side of the rock, and sits right beside the Mediterranean Sea. Gibraltar is warm, most of the year, and travelers should travel during peak conditions, but avoiding the crowds during the off-season is cheaper, if they don’t mind the chillier weather.