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Resorts in Gibraltar
Holding a unique strategic location on the southern tip of the Iberian Peninsula, overlooking the Strait of Gibraltar and linked to the Spanish mainland by a narrow isthmus, Gibraltar has attracted visitors for centuries. British, Moorish, Genoese, Portuguese, Spanish, Jewish, Maltese and Indian are all cultures that have left their stamp throughout a rich and tumultuous history. Today these influences are evident in the architecture, cuisine and customs of Gibraltar where you'll be met by an eclectic mix of cultures that has developed from the many settlers who have made Gibraltar their home.
Despite the imposing appearance of the Rock, which during seven centuries of Moorish dominion was referred to as Jebel Tarik or Tarik's Mountain, after Tarik Ibn Zeyad the Berber Chief who led the Muslim invasion of Europe, Gibraltar is small. In total the area that it covers measures less than six square kilometres. It is the southern most point of Europe and the only place in Europe where monkeys range free in a semi-wild state. It is also steeped in history; an intertwining of civilisations and cultures which dates back many thousands of years. It is a living history reflected not just in the Gibraltarians themselves, but also in the many legacies that remain to this day, including a number of prehistoric caves, a medieval castle and 11th century baths, Georgian and Victorian buildings as well as architecture which reflects Portuguese, Genoese and Moorish influences.
Gold jewellery, watches, perfumes, porcelain figures and designer wear are perhaps the best buys, although cigars and spirits tend to be the most popular duty free purchases.
Twin Centre Holidays:
To make the most of your holiday you may wish to combine a stay in Gibraltar with time on the Costa del Sol in one of our properties in Marbella, Estepona, Benalmadena, Fuengirola, Nerja or Mijas.