To be fair, I visited Gibraltar on a Sunday when everything, even most of the souvenir shops, were closed. The first impression I had of Gibraltar was the huge number of parked cars everywhere. The streets were just cluttered with cars. Apparently there are lots of Spanish who cross the border to work in Gibraltar, but being a Sunday I don’t know what all the cars are for.
Next impression – they accept euros, but Gibraltar has its own pound sterling. You can’t even use it in England – the money is only for Gibraltar. Which makes it kind of useless in my opinion.
The rock is… well, it’s a rock. I know that might sound strange for a geologist, but I’m not going to get excited by a rock. Not that there’s anything wrong with the rock, it looks nice enough and stands out, definitely. I mean, it’s doing its own thing so credit where credit is due but…
Yup, definitely a rock.
There were also limestone caves, which are nice but there are plenty elsewhere in the world. I’ve heard the caves in the United States are quite extravagant. Plus, I’ve been to New Zealand, so it was nothing I haven’t seen. And New Zealand caves come with glow worms.
The monkeys were pretty cool. I’m always going to like animals, but at the same time if I wanted some distant relative to steal my food, I would just visit Bali. I’m speaking about the primates, of course.
And I kind of expected Gibraltar to be more British. I actually thought all the kids in the park were speaking Spanish. Then I got my ear in and realised they were all speaking English with strong Spanish accents. So that was different.
Gibraltar was one of those places that was worth seeing to say I’ve been there, but unless you happen to be in Spain already and are strangely curious, I can’t really recommend it. Rocks, caves, monkeys, these things you can find elsewhere without going to Gibraltar.