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Located at the gates to the Mediterranean, Gibraltar fuses local culture with international influences throughout its architecture, cuisine, and traditions. With Upper Rock Nature Reserve as it’s most well known and distinctive tourist attraction, there is no end of outdoor adventures to be had on this bustling peninsula.
Food and drink
Gibraltar has a unique blend of culture when it comes to food and this is reflected in the bars and restaurants on offer there. From Italian to Indian, to little traditional eateries, you can find pretty much anything to suit your taste, although we do recommend trying some of the local specialities! One thing it does have a lot of, which probably shouldn’t be surprising given its history, are British pubs which also makes for a good night out. One place that’s worth checking out is the oldest bar in Gibraltar, the Star Bar. Here you’ll be able to experience a mediterranean influenced menu full of delicious meals that are sure to fuel you up before you explore the beautiful landscapes.
Like many countries across the world, Gibraltar has some speciality foods that it’s worth keepingan eye out for, as well as some charming eateries to find them!
As the national dish of Gibraltar, Caletita holds a special place in the local community, and even has an annual food festival named after it. Consisting of only chickpea flour, water, olive oil, salt and black pepper, this savoury dish has been compared to both pizza without toppings and a baked pancake. One thing is for sure is that it is a hearty, warming food which is why it’s name literally translates as ‘warm one’ or ‘nice and hot’.
This delicious pasta dish has many variations within Gibraltar, however you’re most likely to find a combination of penne pasta, tomato sauce, garlic, mushrooms, carrots, onions, beef or chicken. Thought to have old Genoese origins, Rosto has become a part of Gibraltar’s food culture, and like many other pasta dishes, each family has their very own twist on it!
These meat rolls are made by mixing bacon, ham, boiled eggs, chopped olives, vegetables, breadcrumbs and herbs, which is then wrapped in a slice of beef. These tasty parcels can also be made from chicken or pork, which is then baked, fried, or cooked. They are perfect when coupled with a side such as potatoes, rice, and of course, wine.
You can find a list of all of the places to eat around Gibraltar on the Visit Gibraltar website.