Whenever a trip to Gibraltar is required, flying is probably the ideal way to travel. The Rock is served by numerous UK airlines, and flights leave from London, Manchester, and other UK cities on a daily basis. The flight time isn't long (around 2 hours 30 minutes), and when travellers arrive, the trip into the city takes hardly any time at all.
The only airport actually in Gibraltar is Gibraltar International Airport, which is probably one of the most centrally located facilities of its type in the world. With just 400 metres separating the runway from Gibraltar city center, passengers can be at their accommodation almost as soon as they emerge from Arrivals.
Due to the size of the airport, Gibraltar International cannot serve a vast number of airlines. However, customers from the UK can take flights from major airlines like British Airways and easyJet. Both offer year-round connections, with only minor seasonal variations. Passengers can choose their departure point too, with flights from London Luton, Gatwick, Heathrow, Bristol and Manchester.
Flights to Gibraltar make sense on a variety of levels. Firstly, approaching Gibraltar by air is a stunning spectacle. It's the only way to get a sense for how massive the Rock is, and how it dominates the entrance to the Mediterranean Sea, and arriving by plane is a memorable experience. The airport is also conveniently located for getting into town, while the nearest Spanish airport is a few hours away by road. And alternatives for UK travellers are probably too time-consuming to be workable. So when they need to visit Gibraltar, flying is definitely the way to go.
When traveling to Gibraltar, travellers from the UK will need their passport, so remember to pack it when flying out. Getting around town is easy, with very little ground to cover, and a small but efficient bus network. Most people will want to take the cable car up to the summit of the Rock, but that's not the only attraction to experience. Don't miss the Great Siege Tunnels and the Gibraltar Museum, which gives a good flavour of the territory's military past. Wandering around the city center is also a strange experience, with its "English" atmosphere and Mediterranean backdrop.
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