Rock star: Explore Gibraltar’s history, culture, and wildlife

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Standup paddle boarding is a magical way to experience Gibraltar

Gibraltar is a unique destination that has long gone under the radar for families in search of fascinating art, music, food, nature, architecture and sport. It’s upping its game in 2018 with a Year of Culture, so this is a great time to explore The Rock, as it’s affectionately known due to its dramatic 426m limestone ridge.

Families will discover a walking history lesson when they learn about the UNESCO World Heritage Site Gorham’s Cave, last known home of the Neanderthals, WWII tunnels used by Winston Churchill, and find out about Spitfires assembled inside the Rock during the war.

Families can also wander the original city walls, St Michael’s Cave and the Moorish Castle. The vibrant marinas with their choice of restaurant and other activities are also well worth a visit.

Head out for a boat ride

Meet the local Barbary macaques

Active kids will love the Kings Bastion Leisure Centre, a former military bastion turned entertainment facility, with ice-skating, cinema and bowling. Excitement is also building for the International Island Games, coming to Gibraltar in 2019.

Animal lovers should head to the Gibraltar Nature Reserve, Upper Rock to see the Barbary macaques, and then come back down to the Alameda Wildlife Conservation Park set in the magnificent Alameda Botanic Gardens.

Visiting Gibraltar with kids is easy. It’s a quick two-and-a-half-hour flight from the UK, the currency is Sterling, shops are VAT-free, and even the plug sockets are British.

The lowdown

Find out more about Gibraltar or call 01233 214142 for a brochure.

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