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About Gibraltar

The island of Gibraltar belongs to the United Kingdom, but lies off the coast of Spain. Gibraltar backpacking tours remain highly popular and offer a wide range of attractions for visitors.


Gibraltar airports include:
•Gibraltar Airport


Gibraltar birdlife is rich and diverse, with some 277 species to be found including Red-throated Diver, Black-necked Grebe, Cape Petrel, Sooty Shearwater, European Storm-Petrel, Northern Gannet, Great Cormorant, European Shag, Grey Heron, Storks, Greater Flamingo, Osprey, Hawks, Kites and Eagles.


Gibraltar conservation efforts include dolphin and whale protection, as well as preservation and conservation of the Barbary ape populations which can be found high on the cliffs of Gibraltar.


Gibraltar is a malaria free zone, so you will not have to worry about malaria medication, unless you are planning to travel to a malaria zone in Africa or other affected countries. If you are traveling to a malaria zone after your visit to Gibraltar, talk to a local doctor about malaria medication you will need to take.


Gibraltar money and banking info includes the following:
•The currency is Gibraltar Pounds (GIP) and new pence
•UK notes and coins are also accepted and have the same value, however GIP are not accepted in the UK
•Foreign currency can be exchanged at banks or exchange bureaux in town
•All major credit cards and travelers cheques are widely accepted
•Travelers cheques are best carried in Pound Sterling


Gibraltar plant life includes palms and jacaranda, lavender and jasmine, clematis, honeysuckle, geraniums and bougainvillea plus Gibraltar Candytuft and Gibraltar Sea Lavender.

Safety Tips

•Gibraltar has a low crime rate and a large and efficient police force modelled on the British system
•There is a risk of international terrorism and visitors should be vigilant in public places and tourist sites
•There are very few incidences of street crime or violence
•Authorities at the border often delay cars and it's easier to leave your car in Spain and walk to and from Gibraltar to avoid lengthy queues
•Be aware of tricksters trying to sell 'tickets' to enter Gibraltar - this is a common scam

Travel Books

Gibraltar recommended travel books include:
•Best Of Gibraltar by Globetrotter
•Gibraltar And The Mediterranean by G T Garratt
•Discover Gibraltar by Terry Palmer
•Where to Watch Birds in Southern and Western Spain: Andalucaia, Extremadura and Gibraltar by Andrew Paterson and Ernest Garcia
•Spain Eyewitness Travel Guide by DK Publishing


Gibraltar wildlife includes the rock's famous population of Barbary Apes, as well as bats, reptiles and insects, plus large numbers of flying fish and dolphin.


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