Should you rent a car in Gibraltar?
If you're visiting Gibraltar and need a set of wheels to get around, renting a car here is a great option. You'll find many of the same big brand car hire companies at the airport such as Avis, Budget, Europcar and Interrent all offering a wide range of cars are competitive prices. You'll find all of the car rental desks in the arrivals hall at the airport where you can complete your paperwork and pick up the keys to your rental car. Make your way to the parking lot outside following signs for car rental pick-up, load and and you can be on your way.
As with any car rental, we highly recommend thoroughly inspecting the car, both inside and out to ensure any existing damage is documented in your rental agreement. If you find damage, such as a scratch or dent you should report to the rental agent and have it documented on the car hire condition report before driving away.
Gibraltar Mini Guide
Known as The Rock, the small island of Gibraltar is a British colony which lies off the southern coast of Spain in the Mediterranean Sea. Many low cost air carriers use Gibraltar airport and these include easyJet flights to London Gatwick and Luton. Iberia Airlines and British Airways also had flights to Gibraltar from Madrid
but these have currently been suspended as not enough passengers were using them.
It is possible that easyJet may offer flights to Berlin, New York or Paris in the near future. Flying to Gibraltar from Northern African destinations like Morocco is also on the cards. If you are driving into Gibraltar you can cross 24 hours a day at La Linea de la Concepcion. Please note that the road into Gibraltar may close when planes are landing as it is crossed by the runway and that Gibraltar has a complex one way system of streets.
It is very easy to get around Gibraltar as it is only seven square kilometres though some of the mountain roads are quite steep. One place which has to be explored on foot is the maze of underground tunnels which actually exist within Gibraltar. Gibraltar has had a fascinating history which started with its place as one of the Pillars of Hercules marking the edge of the Mediterranean and the known world according to Greek mythology.
In the eighth century Gibraltar acted as the staged post for the Islamic invasion of the Iberian Peninsula by Tariq ibn Ziyad, the Muslim governor of Tangier. The Rock initially took his name which was Jabal Tariq and is translated as the ‘Mountain of Tariq’.
Gibraltar was then handed to Britain by Spain 10 centuries later in the 1713 Treaty of Utrecht and formally declared a British colony in 1830. The topmost part of the Rock is still a British military installation and off-limits to the public. To this day the people of Gibraltar do not like to be thought of as Spanish, though they have no problem with Spanish visitors.
Both English and Spanish are spoken on the island which was the birthplace of the word gibberish because of the islander’s habit of slipping between the two tongues in their speech. The island’s population are known as Gibraltarian or 'Llanito'. Nature lovers who visit Gibraltar can see pods of Dolphins offshore while the island itself is inhabited by apes.
Why rent a car in Gibraltar
Known as ‘The Rock’, the Mediterranean island of Gibraltar is an interesting place to visit, especially as it’s a British foreign territory located off the coast of southern Spain. Book cheap car hire in Gibraltar and you can explore the island at your own leisurely pace and not have to rely on public transport or pay out on expensive taxi fares. We have a wide variety of vehicles to choose from depending on your budget and requirements.