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When is the best time to visit Gibraltar?

Advice on the best time to visit Gibraltar - a home from home for British travellers.

The rock of Gibraltar
View from rock of Gibraltar to the Mediterranean Sea

From fascinating WWII siege tunnels to the famous Barbary apes that live on the Rock of Gibraltar, this British Overseas Territory is full of surprises. Enjoying the best of the Spanish climate with some familiar British touches, Gibraltar is something of a home from home for British holidaymakers.

While it might be a small destination, Gibraltar has all the right ingredients for some fun in the sun. Along with the history and natural spectacle on offer, stunning beaches, waterfront attractions, shops and restaurants make this destination extremely popular with Saga travellers.

A number of our cruises stop off in Gibraltar, allowing guests to disembark the ship to explore. After seeing the sights, it’s no surprise that many travellers can’t wait to take advantage of the duty free shopping here. Main Street is the centre of Gibraltar’s commercial district and you’ll find everything from familiar high street stores to souvenir shops. Popular items include great value cosmetics and perfumery plus electronics.

We’ve put together some information about what tours are on offer to Gibraltar in different seasons, to help you decide when to travel to this hotspot.

Gibraltar weather

Gibraltar boasts a mild climate due to its setting on a southerly peninsula off the coast of Spain. Temperatures year-round barely drop below 14°C, with summer highs of up to 30°C. For those who don’t like extremely hot weather, spring or autumn are the best times to visit, when average temperatures hover between 15°C and 20°C.

Take any of the following cruises and you’ll get the chance to experience Gibraltar in different months and seasons of the year.

April - Cities of the Ancient Mediterranean

Departing from Southampton in spring 2016, Cities of The Ancient Mediterranean takes Saga travellers on a tour of some of the best ancient sites in Europe.  From the panoramic Roman ruins of Tarragona in mainland Spain to the seat of the early Bishops of Provence in Toulon, this cruise is perfect for history enthusiasts. You’ll reach Gibraltar around the middle of April. The climate is lovely at this time of the year, with the temperatures rising gradually throughout the day, unfolding into warm evenings.

June – Islands of the Adriatic and Venice

Spend high summer sailing the high seas from Liverpool to the Adriatic on this leisurely adventure aboard Boudicca. You’ll visit seven different Mediterranean countries on this fantastic cruise. From the idyllic waterways and old-world charm of Venice to the UNESCO protected Bay of Kotor in Montenegro, travellers on this 25 night voyage will get to see some amazing highlights. You will arrive in Gibraltar a few days into your trip at the hottest time of the year, so make sure you bring your sunglasses! If you are feeling too hot you can escape the sun on a tour of the WWII tunnels. Some 32 miles of tunnels weave through the Rock and a guided tour is a fascinating experience.

January – A Mediterranean Christmas

Christmas is a lovely time to visit the Mediterranean if you want to escape the cold British winter, and it’s made even lovelier aboard a Saga cruise. This 21 night cruise departing from Southampton in December 2016 will take you on a whistle-stop tour of Spain and Italy at the most wonderful time of the year. You’ll enjoy Christmas Day at sea, as well as visits to Barcelona, Valletta and Rome. On your way back to Blighty, the Saga Sapphire stops in at Gibraltar where you will be able to go dolphin watching, take a cable car ride, or enjoy a library and museum tour. Of course many people simply like to go for a walk and take in the sights, or sit down for a nice cuppa in one of the local eateries.

With Saga you can visit Gibraltar at different times of the year on an unforgettable cruise. Check out the weather forecast before you go, and remember to pack an umbrella or light waterproof jacket in case it rains. Generally you will find the days are sunny!


The opinions expressed are those of the author and are not held by Saga unless specifically stated. The material is for general information only and does not constitute investment, tax, legal, medical or other form of advice. You should not rely on this information to make (or refrain from making) any decisions. Always obtain independent, professional advice for your own particular situation.