Gibraltar (“Gib” as locals call it) is a hidden gem that often gets overlooked by travellers and is undoubtedly one of the most interesting countries I’ve ever been to.
With only about 30,000 residents, it’s the smallest member of UEFA. As a British Overseas Territory located at the tip of Spain and the Mediterranean Sea, it’s rightfully nicknamed, “little Britain in the sun.”
I wondered how British the little country could possibly be, considering that it’s surrounded by Spain, but once there, it’s impossible to not feel like you’re in little Britain at the sight of all the officers in British helmets, red telephone booths, fish and chips restaurants and English pubs line its cobblestone streets.
As one of Britain’s last remaining colonies, it is quinessintelly British…with a twist.
In the midst of the unfortunate result of the Brexit election, one positive thing that came out of it is that with the weaker pound, now is the perfect time to travel to Britain! The UK is no doubt a popular destination among travelers from across the globe.In fact, overseas visitors even reached 36.1 million last 2015 according to data published by Visit Britain.
For budget minded travelers who plan to visit the country this summer, here are some recommendations for your vacation:
King’s Lynn and West Norfolk
The seaside town of Hunstanton has picturesque coastlines and a charming Victorian ambience. King’s Lynn, on the other hand, is brimming with old maritime buildings perfect for learning about local history and culture.
After Seville, we decided to visit Cadiz. Originally we planned to go there for surfing, but we were pretty unluckily weather-wise since it rained on and off for the two days we were there.
Instead, we explored the city, went on a walking tour, eat lots of tapas, were pleasantly surprised about everything we learned about this ancient port city. For example, did you know that of the four voyages Christopher Columbus took into the New World, two were taken from Cadiz?
After being back home in Canada for about 5 months, me and Yann decided to plan one big trip around Europe before the big move, to visit family, friends and visit some places we haven’t been to, but dreamed of going, such as southern Spain and Morocco, which we’ll be going to next week!
It was sad leaving Europe especially since it had been my home for the past three years, but at the same time, we’re stoked about starting the next chapter of our lives in the Big Apple!
For our southern Spain road trip, we decided to rent a car, opting for convience and freedom rather than figuring out all the bus and train times of all the places we wanted to visit.
While I’ve previously been to Barcelona, many consider the city to be Catalan than Spanish, so I guess you could say this trip was my “first” authentic Spanish experience…and it definitely didn’t disappoint!