The Rock of Gibraltar — Page Three
Jumpers Wheel Restaurant – Probably Gibraltar’s most popular seafood restaurant. Located atop North Jumpers Bastion in Gibraltar’s South District, this restaurant is extremely popular with hard-to-please local diners. The food is top-notch encompassing both meat and seafood dishes on a raciones basis. Best to book in advance, particularly during the summer months.
Jumpers Wheel Restaurant
Tel: +350 200 40052
El Capote – Charming tapas bar, very much in the style of the typical Andalucian eateries which are so common on the Spanish side of the border. In addition to many typical regional dishes, it is also a great place to sample cold cuts of Iberian meats and cheeses. Order by the portion, or merely individual tapas and accompany with a fino or a glass of Rioja wine.
13 Market Lane
Tel: +350 200 75222
Gilbert’s – Set into the West Place of Arms, near the public market, Gilbert’s is as close to a Gibraltar Institution as you will find. This ‘takeaway’ is only open in the evenings where Gilbert himself serves up arguably the best fast food on the Rock. The Steak Roll is the most popular item on the menu, enjoyed either with a fried egg or just ali oli (garlic sauce) or mojo picón (spicy sauce).
3 West Place of Arms
Tel: +350 200 77582
Gibraltar’s Main Street provides a complete shopping experience to the millions of tourists who visit the Rock each year. Running the length of the old city from Casemates Square to Charles V Wall and together with its many tributaries, Main Street encompasses Gibraltar’s main commercial district.
In addition to the standard British high street brand names that can also be found along Main Street there are also many independent jewellers, electronics shops and shops selling crystal and porcelain goods in addition to smaller shops offering bespoke crafts and other specialist goods.
The Gibraltar Crystal shop on Casemates Square is superb for its distinctive glass artwork handcrafted before your very eyes using cutting edge designs. Also situated nearby is the Casemates Fine Arts Gallery which showcases purchasable pieces by local artists.
Shops in Gibraltar tend to open from about 10:00 to 18:30, Monday to Friday and from 10:00 to around 14:00 on Saturdays unless otherwise stated. Most shops will be closed on Sunday, although super markets and some tourist shops on Main Street will open seven days a week.
– The country dialling code for Gibraltar is +350.
– Gibraltar’s standard time zone is GMT+1.
– Gibraltar uses UK three pin plugs as standard. Electricity in Gibraltar is 230 Volts, alternating at 50 cycles per second. If you travel to Gibraltar with an electronic device which does not accept 230 Volts at 50 Hertz a voltage converter will be needed.
– Cash withdrawals can be made from the various British banks which can be found in Gibraltar. Although there are also additional ATM machines at the Morissons supermarket, at the BP petrol station on Winston Churchill Avenue and at the start of Main Street near the Venture Inn.
– Gibraltar is one of the safest places to visit in Europe. Crime rates are extremely low and there is almost a complete lack of violent crime.
– European Union citizens visiting the Rock who are suddenly taken ill or have an accident during their time in Gibraltar have the right to see a doctor or get general hospital treatment at St. Bernard’s Hospital on the same terms as local persons. A charge may be levied for non-EU citizens.
– No specific vaccinations are required in order to gain entry to Gibraltar.
– There are internet facilities at Café Cyberworld at Ocean Heights and the Call Shop on the southern end of Main Street near the Governor’s House.
– Gibraltar’s main post office is situated on Main Street between Tuckey’s Lane and Bell Lane. There are two further Post Offices in the North district within Glacis Estate and the South district on Scud Hill.
– There are taxi ranks at the frontier, Casemates Square, John Mackintosh Square (Piazza), Cathedral Square and at Charles V Wall by the Trafalgar Cemetery as well as a 24 Hour ‘pick-up’ Service which can be reached on telephone number +350 200 70027
Tristan Cano is a freelance travel writer and journalist who lives and works in his beloved Gibraltar on the southernmost tip of Europe. He has written extensively in the Gibraltarian and international press about Gibraltar’s history and is the author of Historic Walking Guides: Gibraltar.