What to do on a week in Gibraltar: Sea, sun and fun
Gibraltar has 320 days of sunshine with average temperatures around 25 degrees throughout summer. Catalan Bay, Eastern Beach and Sandy Bay beaches are popular with sun worshipers but if you’re after some rest and relaxation, then a self-catering yacht break could be the perfect choice. Our skippers can take your boat out for you whenever you want.
Stay, Sail and Explore weeks are the perfect way to make the most of your holiday in Gibraltar this summer. The week includes Sat-Sat or Sun-Sun yacht charter (2-7 guests), based in Ocean Village. It also includes an on call skipper to take you out sailing, find the perfect anchorage, go dolphin spotting or teach you the ropes.
Here’s an idea of how you could spend your week…
Day 1: Welcome and settle in – What better way to start your holiday than popping the cork on the ‘welcome bubbly’ that’s already on ice and enjoy a relaxing afternoon on deck in the Gibraltar sunshine. Unpack and relax – it’s your home for a week. Explore the marina, walk the promenade and enjoy sundowners in one of the marina bars.
Day 2: Dolphins and swimming – Your skipper will arrive after breakfast and discuss plans for the day. (any sailing you want to do during the week is included in the cost of Stay, Sail and Explore weeks) Perhaps a gentle sail out into the bay, sit at the bow – dolphin spotting. Find a nice spot to drop the anchor and after lunch spend the afternoon reading a book on deck, taking some pictures to share on Instagram, going for a dip off the back of the boat or just watching life on the water. Return to the marina for dinner.
Day 3: Shopping and exploring – Casemates Square is a gentle 10 minute stroll from the Allabroad pontoon and the gateway to Main Street where you’ll find the best of Gibraltar’s Duty Free shopping. If you’re after designer sunglasses a special piece of jewellery or the chance to stock your onboard bar… this is the place. Always buzzing, Main Street will take you back in time to traditional high street shopping – there’s no out of town shopping in Gibraltar! Make time for lunch at one of the independent cafe’s or cool pubs.
Day 4: Paddleboards and Superyacht spotting – Gibraltar’s tax free status and excellent port facilities makes it a popular spot for many of the worlds most impressive superyachts and mega yachts and you’ll often see them as they come into port or take their spot in the Eastern Anchorage. Your skipper can take you out into the bay to take a look at these amazing vessels and spot their crew busy at work (many of whom train at Allabroad’s Maritime and Sailing Academy!). Later we can get the paddleboards out and you can take a dip and cool off.
Day 5: Top of the Rock – For the energetic early rises, a hike up the rock is an option… but for a more relaxed day we’d recommend taking the 6 minute cable car journey and a gentle stroll back down, stopping at all the view points and attractions enroute (don’t miss out on the spectacular St Micheal’s Cave and World War II Tunnels which are beautifully cool in the heat of the day). If you really want to slow the pace and tour in air-conditioned comfort then it’s well worth booking a tour – the groups are small and the guides are excellent.
Day 6: Chilling and Casino – Your last full day to relax and top up the tan. Chill on deck, either in the marina or ask an Allabroad Skipper to find you an anchorage for a swim, then return for an alfresco lunch ashore. In the evening head out to an Ocean Village casino for cocktails.
Day 7: Lazy breakfast and shopping – Leave your luggage at reception then head to Bianca’s or Charlies on the quay for breakfast. Pop into Main Street to top up the duty free.
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More details on the day trips and activities mentioned in this example itinerary, and the costs, are available on the VisitGibraltar website