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Gibraltar

Background

Gibraltar

Strategically important, Gibraltar was reluctantly ceded to Great Britain by Spain in the 1713 Treaty of Utrecht; the British garrison was formally declared a colony in 1830. In a referendum held in 1967, Gibraltarians voted overwhelmingly to remain a British dependency. The subsequent granting of autonomy in 1969 by the UK led to Spain closing the border and severing all communication links. A series of talks were held by the UK and Spain between 1997 and 2002 on establishing temporary joint sovereignty over Gibraltar. In response to these talks, the Gibraltar Government called a referendum in late 2002 in which the majority of citizens voted overwhelmingly against any sharing of sovereignty with Spain. Since late 2004, tripartite talks among Spain, the UK, and Gibraltar have been held with the aim of cooperatively resolving problems that affect the local population, and work continues on cooperation agreements in areas such as taxation and financial services; communications and maritime security; policy, legal and customs services; environmental protection; and education and visa services. Throughout 2009, a dispute over Gibraltar's claim to territorial waters extending out three miles gave rise to periodic non-violent maritime confrontations between Spanish and UK naval patrols. A new noncolonial constitution came into effect in 2007, and the European Court of First Instance recognized Gibraltar's right to regulate its own tax regime in December 2008, but the UK retains responsibility for defense, foreign relations, internal security, and financial stability.

About

Gibraltar , colloquially known as The Rock, (or simply 'Gib'), is an overseas territory of the United Kingdom on the southern coast of Spain at the entrance to the Mediterranean sea. The people are British Citizens.

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Gibraltar Holidays

by seanmiller

Gibraltar is approximately a 45 minutes drive from the Marbella area and it is well worth a visit

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GibraltarROCK HOTEL 

3 EUROPA ROAD
GIBRALTAR
Gibraltar

Price (US$): $156 - $189 / night

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COLONIAL STYLE DECOR WITH SPECTACULAR VIEWS OVER THE STRAITS OF GIBRALTAR. WITH VIEWS OF SPAIN AND THE RIF MOUNTAINS IN MOROCCO. ALL ROOMS HAVE SEAVIEW AND ALL HAVE, TEA/COFFEE MAKING FACILITIES, BATH ROBE, SHERRY/WHISKEY, TROUSER PRESS AT NO EXTRA COST. OUTDOOR SWIMMING POOL IS OPEN FROM THE 1ST APRIL 5TH OCTOBER. OUR ROOMS DO NOT ACCOMMODATE 3 OR 4 ADULTS GUESTS WILL BE CHARGED AND ACCOMMODATED IN AN ADDITIONAL ROOM IF NECESSARY THIS PROPERTY WAS BUILT IN 1932 RENOVATED IN 1998 more »

GibraltarThe O'Callaghan Eliott Hotel 

2 Governors Parade
Gibraltar
Gibraltar

Price (US$): $267 - $268 / night

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Location. The O'Callaghan Eliott Hotel is located in Gibraltar, close to Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, The Convent, and Trafalgar Cemetery. Nearby points of interest also include Tower of Homage and Casemates Square. Hotel Features. The O'Callaghan Eliott Hotel's restaurant serves breakfast and dinner. A bar/lounge is open for drinks. Room service is available 24 hours a day. Recreational amenities include an outdoor pool, a sauna, and a fitness facility. Spa amenities include… more »

GibraltarTHE CALETA HOTEL 

CATALAN BAY
Catalan Bay
Gibraltar

Price (US$): $117 - $423 / night

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As The Largest Hotel In Gibraltar With 169 BedroomsThe Caleta Hotel Has For Many Years Been AnAttractive Haven For British And European TouristsAnd A Popular Choice For Dining Amongst The LocalPopulation. With A Spectacular Location AlongsideThe Mediterranean The Hotel Stands On The EasternSide Of The Rock Beside The Fishing Village OfCatalan Bay. The Hotel Has Recently ReceivedSubstantial Investment For The Refurbishment Of ThePublic Areas Restaurant And Sea View Bedrooms. ItHas Private… more »

GibraltarORAMA HOTEL 

Lake Plastira
Karditsa 43100
Gibraltar

Price (US$): $87 - $94 / night

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Orama Hotel is located 5 minutes from the Lake. It is a family run accommodation with 16 spacious rooms equipped with fireplaces and kitchenettes for breakfast. The hotel has a reception a breakfast room and a lovely garden with a gazebo where you can enjoy the summer months. Each room has a balcony overlooking the lake and some of them the mountain. more »

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Gibraltar

Capital
Gibraltar
Location

Southwestern Europe, bordering the Strait of Gibraltar, which links the Mediterranean Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, on the southern coast of Spain

Geographic coordinates

36 08 N, 5 21 W

Area comparative

more than 10 times the size of The National Mall in Washington, D.C.

Border countries

Spain 1.2 km

Coastline

12 km

Climate

Mediterranean with mild winters and warm summers

Terrain

a narrow coastal lowland borders the Rock of Gibraltar

Lowest point

Mediterranean Sea 0 m

Highest point

Rock of Gibraltar 426 m

Natural resources

none

Population

28,877 (July 2010 est.)

Ethnic groups

Spanish, Italian, English, Maltese, Portuguese, German, North Africans

Religions

Roman Catholic 78.1%, Church of England 7%, other Christian 3.2%, Muslim 4%, Jewish 2.1%, Hindu 1.8%, other or unspecified 0.9%, none 2.9% (2001 census)

Languages

English (used in schools and for official purposes), Spanish, Italian, Portuguese

Government type

NA

Independence

none (overseas territory of the UK)

National holiday

National Day, 10 September (1967); note - day of the national referendum to decide whether to remain with the UK or join Spain

Chief of state

Queen ELIZABETH II (since 6 February 1952); represented by Governor Vice Admiral Sir Adrian JOHNS (since 26 October 2009)

Head of government

Chief Minister Peter CARUANA (since 17 May 1996)

Internet country code

.gi

Internet users

20,200 (2009)

Airports

1 (2010)

Ports and terminals

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