The Lord Nelson
One of the more surreal experiences to be enjoyed in Gibraltar is relaxing with a pint of ale in the Mediterranean sun – two things you can’t combine often, either in the UK or in nearby Spain. The best place to partake of these two aspects of Gibraltar’s defining cultures is the sunny terrace of the Lord Nelson pub, situated on Casemates Square at the southern edge of the old town. Inside it’s a traditional English pub, with a range of ales and lagers, wooden panelling and TVs showing quiz shows such as The Chase. Outside, though, you’re on a lovely Mediterranean terrace, from which you can watch the world go by on Casemates.
Casemates Square, Gibraltar, +3500 2005009
Aqua Bar in the Sunborn Hotel
The enormous “yacht-hotel” that is Sunborn Gibraltar dominates the flashy neighbourhood of Ocean Village like a skyscraper. On its top floor is the super-cool Aqua Bar, from the decked terrace of which you can enjoy views over the bobbing masts of Ocean Village, the marina and the bay of Algeciras, which is home to a large population of dolphins. Drinks here are, as you’d expect, a little more pricey than elsewhere – but then again there’s nowhere else like Sunborn’s Aqua bar in Gibraltar. It’s at its best at sunset or after dark, when low lamps and candles make it one of the most romantic cocktail spots for miles around.
Ocean Village, 35 Marina Bay Square, Gibraltar, +350 200 16000