Reputed author and journalist William Chislett delved into the modern day political reality of Spain in the opening talk of the final day at the Gibunco Gibraltar International Literary Festival.

Wiith people still reeling from shock following the sequence of criminal attacks perpetrated by Islamist terrorists in Paris on Friday night that left over 120 dead and 250 injured, the third day of the Gibunco Gibraltar Literary Festival got under way, as fate would have it, with a three way conference on the Arab Spring and the rise of ISIS (Islamic State). A minute’s silence was respectfully observed in memory of all the victims of the massacre.

The day got off to a strong start with the masterclass by historian and broadcaster Dan Jones on the subject of the iconic Magna Carta and its significance to our times as a milestone in the long road to modern constitutional democracy.

The opening day of the 2015 Gibunco Gibraltar International Literary Festival comes to a close this afternoon at 6pm following a full day of interesting and varied lectures.

Gibraltar has exciting times ahead with the start of new tours featuring the Neanderthal story and the presentation of how these people used to live 120,000 to 32,000 years ago.

The Gibraltar Literary Festival which takes place from 12-15 November 2015, will be headlined by BBC television celebrity and charity champion Dame Esther Rantzen of ‘That’s Life’ fame, who will share her experience of her lifelong involvement in charity work including Childline and The Silver Line that she established.

BA will offer an additional 2 services to its already existing 9 weekly frequencies on the LHR-GIB route starting from May 1st 2016.

Although it covers an area of just 6.8km sq, Gibraltar packs in more than its fair share of tourist attractions. While the main sight is the enormous limestone Rock of Gibraltar, the territory’s culture, military history and excellent climate have seen it host thousands of visitors over the years. Here’s how the tourism sector looks today.

12 cruise vessels arrive in port in one week, three of which are inaugurals

Gibraltar has long been a destination of choice for those wishing to get closer to nature, even if they are only initially aware of its internationally famous Barbary macaque monkeys.

With all of the other advantages that a Gibraltar holiday has, from the chance to visit enchanting historical attractions like the Moorish Castle to simply catching some rays on the beach, it’s easy to forget that the territory is also a major shopping destination.

The Upper Rock may be the arguable focal point of any Gibraltar holiday, but here at Visit Gibraltar (, we couldn’t fail to shed some more light on one of its most dominant features – the Moorish Castle.

If you’ve been perusing the Visit Gibraltar website, finding out about the many things to do and see, then you probably won’t need much more convincing to choose the British Overseas Territory for your next holiday. Whether it’s shopping on Main Street that has attracted you or the chance to get up close and personal with the local Barbary macaque monkeys, you’ll never be bored here… but you’ll still need somewhere good to stay. Thankfully, we can advise you on the best Gibraltar accommodation.

As unique and fascinating as the entire territory may be, there’s no question that Gibraltar breaks are geographically dominated by just one thing… the Rock of Gibraltar itself. This monolithic limestone promontory is a staggering 426m (1,398ft) high, so wherever you are in the area, you can’t help but be awed.

Gibraltar may be known for many things, from its iconic Barbary macaque monkeys and cosmopolitan atmosphere to a fascinating military history and the Rock of Gibraltar itself, but have you ever stopped to think just how intriguing Gibraltarian cuisine must be?

When you book Gibraltar accommodation for a holiday in this part of the world, here at Visit Gibraltar, we would certainly encourage you to check out many of the cultural and historic attractions and activities, ranging from the Moorish Castle to the many regular artistic and literary events. We would also heartily endorse the local bars, restaurants, bistros and shopping opportunities but have you stopped to think of the kind of people that you are likely to meet?

If there’s any part of the world that wears its past with pride, it is Gibraltar. That’s right: not only does a Gibraltar holiday at this time of year bring you plenty of sun, sea and sand, but you’ll also have plenty of historical attractions to see when you come away from the beach and start exploring the rest of the territory. Here at Visit Gibraltar (, we can help you to get to grips with some of that history.

When you are planning your spring or summer holiday, you will surely want to spend it somewhere that offers plenty of sun, sea and sand... somewhere that is rich in history, offers no shortage of shopping and other tourist opportunities and is home to truly welcoming people. So how could you choose anything less than a holiday in Gibraltar? Here at Visit Gibraltar (, we can think of a few more reasons to board that plane.

The upgrades to the main tourist sites in the Upper Rock have begun

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