Weddings In Gibraltar
By Kay Sharma
If there is one country left which has shunned the euro and still accepts the British Pound (besides Great Britain, of course!), then it’s Gibraltar. Situated just beyond the border of the southernmost tip of Spain, just a short drive to the Costa del Sol and a catamaran crossing away from mystical Morocco, tourists in Gibraltar are perfectly poised to visit three countries in one day. Less than a three-hour flight from the UK with departures from all major airports including Luton, Gatwick, Heathrow & Manchester and connecting flights from most other regional airports, Gibraltar is a veritable home away from home.
More and more people are getting married in Gibraltar, with all-inclusive wedding packages being offered by dedicated destination wedding specialists and online wedding planners in London.
Enjoying year-round sunshine tempered by the cool, Mediterranean breeze from Northern Africa, Gibraltar is a duty-free country where the official language is English and the currency is the Pound. Al-fresco restaurants by the waterfront boast good, old-fashioned, British fare including traditional Sunday roasts. You can even read the current English newspapers whilst having your lunch at a certain Marina restaurant! Gibraltar is now becoming a top wedding destination.
Duty-free bargains include alcohol (a litre of Bombay Sapphire Gin at £5.50 or 200 Marlboro Light Cigarettes at £8 per pack), perfumes and cosmetics and electronics. Eating and drinking out is very reasonable when compared to UK and other European prices and there is a wide choice of fine eateries in Gibraltar ranging from the hotels, the Marina and Main Street. The Dolphin safari and the romantic rock have been enticing newly married couples as ever. Weddings in Gibraltar are celebrated like a festival of course.
Take a short drive across the border and you arrive at some of Spain’s finest golf courses in Soto Grande. Stop at the nearby Spanish port for a cold cerveza and tapas or enjoy traditional paella with rich rioja wine whilst watching the yachts sail by. If it’s mountains and cool temperatures you prefer, then visit the region of Ronda – less than an hour’s drive from the border. Go further along the scenic coast towards Malaga and visit the popular sandy beaches for a day. Isn’t it a romantic drive for honeymooners? Not only wedding, you can enjoy the best of your honeymoon and holidays in Gibraltar.
Or why not just stay put in Gibraltar and enjoy your holidays in Gibraltar and all that this country full of surprises has to offer. In addition to the usual city sightseeing tours, you can enjoy fantastic views of Gibraltar and her surrounds from a cable car (six minute ride to the top of the Rock). See the famous and oldest residents of the Rock here – the Barbary apes. Visit St Michael’s Caves and see the newly opened lower Rock where you can abseil and partake in some rock climbing! Or how about a dolphin safari or a scenic walk through the Botanical Gardens where a whole range of tropical flowers and plants and exotic birds and bats will surround your every sense. Then there’s the shopping, the five beaches, the Casino, the quality restaurants…and did we mention nearby Tarifa with its long stretch of sandy beach and endless water sports opportunities? You can yourself choose among many wedding destination in Gibraltar. The island is full of surprises.
There is truly a lot to see, hear and taste in Gibraltar and to host your wedding in Gibraltar in the sun will give you a great choice of wedding destinations including al-fresco options in the Botanical Gardens or even right on top of the Rock overlooking three countries whilst you take your vows!
Gibraltar has truly established itself as one of the foremost wedding destinations amongst UK & European nationals as, given its short distance and relatively smaller costs involved, it has become more and more feasible to take wedding guests along to join in the nuptials. Most couples opt for a smaller, summer, al-fresco wedding with a tropical theme followed by a larger reception back home. In Gibraltar you will find all the trappings of the exotic Caribbean but without the huge transatlantic costs that go with such a lavish wedding.
Weddings in Gibraltar are relatively straightforward although not quite a drive-through Las Vegas style wedding either! Due to the VAT free status of the country, it is much more economical to get married here and to enjoy the sunshine along with your closest friends and family.