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“Shoppers delight.”
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Gibraltar Shopping Tour
Ranked #13 of 69 things to do in Gibraltar
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Castleford, United Kingdom
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“Shoppers delight.”
Reviewed 28 March 2012

The Main Street is full of shops of all description but be careful as some unscrupulous traders are more than ready to take your cash!
For a warm welcome and good food call in at The Carpenters Arms which is incorporated in to the Methodist Chapel situated three quarters of the way up. Pass the Governors residence and The Guardhouse and you will find it on the left. I think it is only open between 1000 and 1400 and is closed over the Easter Break.

Visited March 2012
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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“More than just shops”
Reviewed 24 March 2012

We walked along Main Street from Casemates Square to the Cable Car Station. There are more Jewellery shops than I've ever seen! Dont miss Cathedral Square just off Main Street. Holy Trinity Cathedral is worth a visit. The Catholic Cathedral in Main Street was unfortunately shut when we were there .Near the Catholic Cathedral in a square just off Main Street are the House of Assembly and City Hall - both impressive buildings. We had hoped to find the Register Office where John Lennon and Yoko Ono got married but couldn't find it. We had a decent lunch in a pub called Cannons Bar behind the Catholic Cathedral. When we visited, smoking was still permitted in public places so the bar was very smoky. I understand that smoking may be banned in Gibraltar later in 2012. That will be good news.

Visited May 2011
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Albany, New York
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“You Gotta love the Monkeys”
Reviewed 11 March 2012

If you visit Gibraltar you must see the monkeys. But I will strongly advise you go with a guide. The monkeys can be a bit of a fright if you don't know what to do....They can touch you.You cannot touch them. The views ,the caves, the airport that has a roadway through the middle.It's all there. Don't take the cable car it cost as much as the tour and you are on you own. The guide explains the sights and takes you to the highlights. A must if you only have one day to see everything all for a great price. 25.00 Euros per person.

Liam & Colleen
Ney York

Visited February 2012
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London, United Kingdom
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“Gibraltar - general review”
Reviewed 29 February 2012

As you cross the border from Spain you find the number 5 bus. 1.50 Euro to get you into town and back but they don't tell you all the other bus routes (1, 2, 3, 4 and 6) in Gibraltar are FREE, just get on and travel around most of the island for FREE. However it is a good 10 minute walk from the border into the central square so you may prefer paying for the number 5 bus.

Gibraltar may be VAT free but it is ONLY FAGS AND BOOZE that appeared to be cheaper.

ONE BARGAIN PLACE is MORRISONS SUPERMARKET. We eat in their cafeteria every lunch and had good basic British style food and beverages for about 5 pounds a head. They do breakfasts all day as well and certain menus like their curries from 4pm.

Lots of residents have dogs. There is little land to take dogs for walks. The result, yes dog poo on the streets, however, the problem is a lot worse over the border in La Linea.

La Linea, where we stayed, as its hotels are a lot cheaper than Gibraltar's, has a nice beach front but it appears the town sewage empties straight out onto the beach! I would never swim there or in Gibraltar's Catalan beach which must get its fair share of the nasties from La Linea's outpourings.

We were surprised at the volume of traffic crossing the border into Gibraltar and also at how many Spanish work/reside in Gibraltar. There is also a noticeable Jewish community and a small Arabic community.

There was a little hassle with the the vendors of the Rock Tour buses. The twentieth time of being asked I got a little short with them.

The cable car at 9.50 pounds was OK but then it was an extra 10 pounds to see the other sites at the top of the rock and then an extra 8 pounds to view the WW 2 caves.

The tourist information offices were very helpful and there seemed to be adequate public toilets around, especially in the central Casemente Square where at noon one day we saw an changing of the guard procession one day though it was not advertised at all and appeared amateurish rather than HM's finest troops.

La Linea had a carnival going on when we were there the last week of February.

Most Gibraltarians seemed nice and helpful though we were aware that it could be a tourist rip off if you are not careful. Would we go back - perhaps though we saw everything we wanted in our 4 days.

REMEMBER THE BUSES (except the route 5) ARE FREE.

Visited February 2012
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West Chester, Pennsylvania
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“Gibraltar Main Street = AMAZING”
Reviewed 14 February 2012

Shopping is no-VAT at competitive prices with familiar British and international store names plus local shops. I've listed 113 stores in my FREE 16-page Gibraltar guide at www.TomsPortGuides.com The guide has a walking route map to the Cable Car and a link to download the “official” tourist map. I've included coordinates for tourist attractions so you can create your own map using Google or Bing.

Other than shopping, my three favorite places to visit are:
Cable car ride to the top station = gorgeous views of the area
St Michael's Cave = uniquely beautiful and memorable
Great Siege Tunnels = a defense system, “Worthy of the Romans”

If I had time, I would have gone dolphin and whale watching. It's on my bucket list.

I recommend visiting Gibraltar because there is a lot to see and do and the area is clean and safe. Because it is “safe”, tourists tend to carry a lot of cash . This has attracted some pickpockets. Use common sense re your valuables.

Visited Gibraltar in 2008, 2009, and May 2011 on cruise ships.
Tom S.

Visited May 2011
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