Chief minister Fabian Picardo issued a statement describing Monday as "our saddest day", as the number of people who died from or with Covid-19 had risen to 45.
"I am shaken to the core by the knowledge that, since I addressed Parliament just 72 h
Security is being reviewed at the Convent, the official residence of the Governor of Gibraltar, after a man climbed onto the roof to protest about homelessness on Wednesday afternoon.
He was holding up a sign saying 'Shelterwise - helping the homel
This time last year, Brexit was the only challenge the Gibraltar government was expecting to have to deal with, said chief minister, Fabian Picardo, in his televised New Year Message on Monday evening, but the Covid-19 pandemic meant that "our depart
There was a huge sense of anticipation on Saturday evening when the first 5,850 doses of the Pfizer BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine were delivered to the Rock by an RAF plane. The vaccination campaign began early on Sunday, with frontline workers and resid
With ever-increasing numbers of positive Covid-19 cases, Gibraltar went into lockdown for the second time on Saturday night for an initial period of two weeks.
Making the announcement that same afternoon, chief minister Fabian Picardo said the rat
Gibraltar begins another lockdown from 10pm tonight (Saturday), with people being called upon to remain in their homes unless for essential shopping, medical appointments, exercise, taking children out etc. Nobody will be permitted to cross the borde
The negotiations went so close to the wire that the wire was almost cutting into the throats of those negotiating, said Gibraltar's chief minister Fabian Picardo this afternoon, announcing that an agreement has been reached in principle over Gibralta
New restrictions are now in force in Gibraltar in response to a continual sharp rise in Covid-19 cases on the Rock. On Sunday afternoon chief minister Fabian Picardo announced a curfew from 10pm to 6am, starting that same evening, and all non-essenti
This is one of the quietest festive seasons ever in Gibraltar, with all the traditional events cancelled or moved online in a year in which coronavirus has left practically nowhere unscathed. However, Tourism Minister Vijay Daryanani is feeling posit
Social media has been agog since Tuesday when a Spanish newspaper published a story saying that Gibraltar was becoming part of the Schengen system. It would mean that British citizens arriving from the UK would be subject to passport control at the a
New restrictions on air travel between the UK and Gibraltar come into effect from midnight on 23 December, in response to the latest Covid-19 situation.
The government announced on Tuesday that only certain passengers on flights from UK airports wo
Gibraltar has announced further Covid-19 restrictions to begin at midnight tonight. In a statement to parliament, chief minister Fabian Picardo explained that numbers of active cases are rising exponentially: from 47 active cases on 10 December to 60
Wizz Air UK has now launched its new service between London Luton and Gibraltar, and will be operating twice a week, on Mondays and Fridays, all year round.
The first Wizz Air flight, which arrived on Friday 11 December, was given the traditional
The year 2019 was the second year in succession in which Gibraltar complied with all the EU air quality requirements for the first time since 2007, including the levels of nitrogen dioxide, which only complied with the requirements in 2018.
Rapid Covid-19 tests are now available at Gibraltar airport for all travellers who want one, whether arriving or departing. The result is available within one hour and has been commissioned by the government and health authority to assist travellers
Yes, there is a global pandemic and yes, there is still uncertainty over Brexit but somehow Gibraltar never loses its sparkle, atmosphere and feeling of good cheer. Despite the Covid-19 restrictions Christmas here is an experience like no other so if
It has been a destination for pilgrims for hundreds of years, making their way on foot along the world-famous Caminos de Santiago, and on 4 December 1985 the historic centre of this lovely town in Galicia was officially declared a Unesco World Herita
The Gibraltar government is cautiously optimistic that an agreement can be reached regarding its future relationship with the EU following the end of the Brexit transition period, but chief minister Fabian Picardo says he would be prepared to continu
Deputy chief minister Dr Joseph Garcia told the EU Committee of the Regions-United Kingdom Contact Group, during a virtual meeting this week, that an agreement on mobility between Gibraltar and Spain is important in order to best protect citizens and
After several months with no deaths from coronavirus during the pandemic, the Gibraltar government has sadly confirmed that three recent deaths of elderly residents were Covid-related.
All three are believed to have been in their nineties and to ha
The tradition among many British residents of the Costa del Sol of going food shopping in Gibraltar could be affected by restrictions which would come into force if there is no agreement on the future relationship between Gibraltar and the EU by the
Gibraltar's Armistice Day commemoration did take place on Wednesday despite the pandemic, but it was a much lower-key event than usual with significantly fewer people laying wreaths in the lobby of Parliament House.
The ceremony was by invitation
A reminder that in the absence of the Literary Festival this year, readers can look forward to the online and interactive Literary Week from 9 to 13 November, featuring a wealth of interviews and talks.
The full programme of events can be found on
By Thursday, 69,808 tests for the coronavirus had been carried out in Gibraltar, which is more than twice the number of inhabitants.
Active cases on the Rock were 79, which is considerably lower than last week's sharp rise, and the total of confir
The government has joined the GBBC, the leading industry association for the blockchain technology industry, as an observing member.
Earlier this year it also joined INATBA, a group of international blockchain industry players at an EU-level , and
An important part of Gibraltar's military history has come to light at the Northern Defences. The existence of a so-called Round Tower was well-known as it had been documented by historians as the only part of Gibraltar to have been taken by Spanish
It was one of the most convoluted and long-drawn-out legal cases ever and in the end it came to nothing. However it was of transcendental importance in international law. As far as Spain, and Spanish judge Baltasar Garzón, were concerned, 6 November
There was some initial confusion in Gibraltar and the Campo de Gibraltar area of Spain yesterday, after the Junta de Andalucía announced on Wednesday evening that the boundaries of the region were to close at midnight on Thursday. Nobody seemed sure
I am a great believer in complaining in certain situations. For example, if it helps to improve customer service in general, because we all benefit from that.
If I order something online and the delivery company fails to bring it and is impossible
From the end of this month there will be a scheduled helicopter service between Malaga and Gibraltar on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings, operated by Spanish company Hélity which already runs a helicopter connection from Malaga to Ceuta and Alge
With Covid-19 cases rising sharply the Gibraltar government has introduced new restrictions, some of which are 'strongly advised' and others which can be legally enforced.
People over the age of 70 and those who are immunosupressed are asked not t
The number of active coronavirus cases in Gibraltar has risen to a record level in recent days, reaching a total of 88 on Thursday, an increase of ten cases in 24 hours. The numbers may still be low, even for a population of around 34,000, but a few
The Valencia region is not as well-known abroad as its neighbour Catalonia and many people are surprised to learn that it is an autonomous region in its own right, but it has an interesting history and part of that has led to 9 October - 'Nou d'Octub
Gibraltar's deputy chief minister, Dr Joseph Garcia, has said that the combination of Britain leaving the EU and the Covid-19 pandemic have the potential makings of a "perfect storm", the consequences of which will be felt for years to come. Dr Garci
The most magical time of the year is going virtual in Gibraltar this winter.
Unless the pandemic situation improves and the ban on large gatherings is lifted, the Christmas Festival of Lights, the Christmas attractions in John Mackintosh Square an
Passengers flying into Gibraltar who have been in a so-called 'Relevant Area' in the previous 14 days will have to complete an online locator form from now on. This online form replaces the existing manual ones, and the government will use the inform
There have been no deaths from Covid-19 in Gibraltar, but this week came the sad news that a cross-border worker, a woman in her 40s who lived and was diagnosed with the disease in Spain, has died.
This week 22 people (11 staff members and 11 pupi
Potential problems for people and some goods crossing the border between Gibraltar and Spain have been spelled out in detail recently through two Technical Notices issued by the Gibraltar government.
The first document explains that if there is no
The chief minister of Gibraltar, Fabian Picardo, has warned people against taking any notice of speculation about the future of the Rock in the media, saying they should "absolutely ignore" such reports and trust the government to deliver on its prom
San Roque Golf Club has agreed to sponsor a three-person team of disability golfers from Gibraltar at the 2021 edition of the Cairns Cup, a biannual competition organised by British Inclusive Golf for golfers with a range of disabilities from Europe
Parliament House in Main Street Gibraltar, which was built in 1817, is to be restored to its former glory, including taking back the commercial premises on the ground floor and returning them to their original use.
The building began as the Exchan
September 10th is National Day in Gibraltar and as anyone who has ever been there will know, it is one hell of a party.
Casemates Square filled with crowds dressed in the traditional colours of red and white, the political rally with UK and Gibral
It is known as La Diada, the National Day of Catalonia, and nowadays it is a day-long festival which is celebrated enthusiastically on 11 September every year, but it has had a very chequered history.
It originated as a commemoration of the defeat
Once again Gibraltar has achieved the second-highest OECD rating of 'largely compliant' in the latest Peer Review of tax information exchange carried out by a team of OECD Global Forum expert assessors. This places Gibraltar on the same level as the
On Wednesday evening the Gibraltar authorities announced that further anti-Covid measures would come into force today, Friday 28 August. The number of active cases of the virus has been steadily increasing in recent days and was 67 on Wednesday, but
As of today, Friday 21 August, everyone over the age of 11 in Gibraltar must wear a mask inside shops and stores unless they have a medical condition or disability which exempts them from doing so.
Masks are recommended for children under 11 as we
The authorities are carrying out contact tracing after seven members of the FC Prishtina football team from Kosovo tested positive for coronavirus shortly before playing local team Lincoln Red Imps on Tuesday. The match was immediately cancelled by t
Deputy chief minister Dr Joseph Garcia, who holds the Brexit portfolio for the Gibraltar government, has chaired a meeting of the Brexit Strategic Group to discuss further the situation should the UK and EU fail to reach an agreement by the end of th
Many people will have heard of the Archive of the Indies in Seville city, a very famous building, but perhaps not so many are aware that its history dates back to 1598, during the reign of King Felipe II, when it was built as a market where merchants
The number of active Covid-19 cases in Gibraltar had risen to nine on Friday (seven residents and two visitors), bringing the total since the pandemic began to 193.
A total of 10.126 tests have been carried out so far in frontline, targeted and sy
To the relief of many who travel regularly to and from the UK, the Easyjet airline announced earlier this week that it would be resuming flights to Gibraltar from Bristol from Sunday, 2 August. The flights are scheduled to run on Tuesdays, Thursdays
The Gibraltar government will not go ahead and 'Unlock the Rock', marking the end of the restrictions in force because of the coronavirus crisis, on 1 August after all.
At a briefing on Monday, chief minister Fabian Picardo announced that Gibralta
If the summer heat is making you wilt, spare a thought for Jelle Mars who has just cycled approximately 3,000 kilometres from his native Netherlands to Gibraltar to raise money for the charity Special Child.
Jelle arrived at lunchtime on Tuesday a
Gibraltar Finance, the government's business development arm, is to be an official partner in the Post-Covid Hackathon, a global online initiative to bring together a number of teams and create new open-source solutions to overcome the health, econom
The new Governor of Gibraltar, Vice Admiral Sir David Steel, has been busy getting to know the local facilities and meeting residents in the few weeks since taking up his post.
This week he made an official visit to the air terminal as part of his
On two occasions in recent weeks the Gibraltar authorities have reported no active Covid-19 cases for several days running, but once again the virus has been detected on the Rock albeit in very small numbers.
So far three recent cases have been cr
Wednesday 24 July 2013 had been a perfectly normal day until 8.41pm, when a passenger train from Madrid Chamartín to Ferrol, in Galicia, derailed a few kilometres outside Santiago de Compostela.
The entire train, consisting of eight carriages, one
An exhibition called Art vs Covid-19 which has been organised by the Masa-UK Art Gallery in Bury, GreaterManchester, can now be seen at the Fine Arts Gallery in Gibraltar until 25 July.
The aim of this project is to show how art brings people toget
Most of Gibraltar's attractions reopened last week following the coronavirus lockdown, including the famous cable car.
The Nature Reserve and Upper Rock attractions are open from 9am to 7.15pm, and the Skywalk is open from 9am to 9pm.
The European Commission announced this week that it had approved the umbrella measures taken in Gibraltar to support business and employment during and after the coronavirus pandemic, a move which was welcomed by the Gibraltar government.
Gibraltar police, in a joint cross-border operation with the Spanish Guardia Civil, arrested two local people on suspicion of money laundering earlier this week.
The suspects, who are husband and wife, have been released on police bail.
The famous Skywalk is due to be closed from Monday 29 June until 8 July so repairs to the glass platform can be carried out. Douglas Path will also be closed during the same period.
The Skywalk is 340 metres directly above sea level with breathtak
The new Governor of Gibraltar, Vice Admiral Sir David Steel, paid a courtesy visit to St Bernard's Hospital and the Primary Care Centre this week.
After meeting the Minister for Health and Care, Paul Balban, Principal Secretary Evelyn Cervan and t
From Wednesday 15 June there have been no active cases of Covid-19 in Gibraltar, and the number of people in self-isolation had dropped to nine by yesterday, Thursday.
Figures issued by the government showed that so far 11,864 people have been tes
In a virtual meeting livestreamed by local television, chief minister Fabian Picardo spoke to the House of Lords EU Committee on Thursday about the negotiations for the future relationship between the UK and EU and their implications for Gibraltar. H
On 26 June 1987, Jesús Gil y Gil was elected president of Atlético de Madrid football club. In those days his name was not as famous - or notorious, would be a more accurate description - as when he was mayor of Marbella, but his was a character whic
Wednesday 17 June 2020 was a red-letter day for Gibraltar, as it was the first time the daily Covid-19 statistics showed that there were no active cases on the Rock. There was no change to the figure on Thursday, either, but the government was quick
The new Governor of Gibraltar, Vice Admiral Sir David Steel, arrived on Wednesday 10 June to move into his official residence, The Convent, and take up his post.
He was welcomed at the airport by chief minister Fabian Picardo, the acting Governor
The Police Commissioner in Gibraltar, Ian McGrail, announced on Tuesday that he is retiring after 36 years in the police service.
In 2006, he became Gibraltar's youngest ever Chief Inspector and took up the post of Commissioner two years ago, in M
Officials from Gibraltar, led by the chief minister, held a preliminary meeting with UK and Spanish officials in Malaga on Tuesday last week, to discuss matters affecting Gibraltar and Spain and the EU post-Brexit, such as mobility and citizens' righ
Official residents of Gibraltar and Spain are now able to cross the border again, following direct contact between the chief minister of Gibraltar, Fabian Picardo, and the Spanish Interior Minister, Fernando Grande-Marlaska, as announced by the Gibra
Following two incursions this week by kayakers into the Gorham's Cave complex, which is a protected World Heritage Site, the authorities have issued a reminder that it is an offence to land on Governor's Beach and/or access the caves. The penalties r
Coronavirus has become a dreaded word for people all over the world but, as the saying goes, every cloud has a silver lining and some good has come out of the Covid-19 crisis in the shape of eight-year-old Jake Torres from Gibraltar, who has written
Testing for coronavirus which is being carried out in Gibraltar has detected several cross-border workers who have proven positive, most of them employed in the care sector. This is now reflected in the daily figures issued by the government, showing
It is a largely unknown fact that during WW2 the British government decided to turn Gibraltar into a fortress to stop Hitler and Franco seizing it, and ordered all women, children, the elderly and infirm to be evacuated to make room for the troops.
The Gibraltar National Museum may have been closed, but nothing was going to stop it holding its annual Open Day and the virtual version proved a huge success.
On the day its Facebook site had a reach of 15,745, which was 152 per cent up on the pr
It was announced this week that the new Governor of Gibraltar is to be Vice-Admiral Sir David Steel KBE, DL, who will be taking up his new post in June.
Sir David retired from a full career in the Royal Navy as a Vice Admiral and as Second Sea Lor
With the number of active Covid-19 cases down to low single figures for some time, Gibraltar is now taking further steps to 'Unlock The Rock' from the strict restrictions which have been in force for over two months.
Phase 2 of the plan began on Mo
Two senior officials from a locally based international construction firm have been arrested on suspicion of bribery and perverting the course of public justice.
The Royal Gibraltar Police said this week that the arrests followed allegations that i
Art lovers need not feel deprived by the lockdown restrictions as online tours are now available of the Mario Finlayson National Gallery, with special interviews and commentary.
The tours can be accessed at 11am on Fridays via the Gibraltar Cultura
The Gibraltar government looks set to become the first in the world to test its entire community for antibodies to Covid-19.
The testing will be carried out by consent but the greater the number of people who agree to the simple blood test, the mor
With shops as crowded "as Christmas" according to some reports following their reopening this week, the government has called for people to shop sensibly and comply with the lockdown, as restrictions are still in force.
Police officers are to patro
The Gibraltar Post Office has started trialing two non-polluting e-assisted bikes this week, in collaboration with local company E-bikes Gibraltar.
Gibraltar aims to go greener with some roads closed to traffic
The trial will last three m
Encouraged by the drop in air pollution since the coronavirus lockdown began and the fact that the amount of traffic on the roads has reduced considerably, the government is planning to close some more roads as part of its efforts to make Gibraltar g
The way people use the beaches will have to change because of the coronavirus restrictions this summer, and if they fail to comply there will be no choice but to close them altogether, the Gibraltar government warned this week.
The new rule will be
The Gibraltar government has relaxed its lockdown rules for the first time since they came into effect over a month ago and made provision for people over the age of 70 to take exercise outdoors if they so wish.
Several places have been allocated
The Gibraltar government is planning a gradual easing of the lockdown measures which were introduced a month ago, as the coronavirus statistics show few new cases and a high recovery rate. However, it warns that the easing of restrictions will have t
Nearly 5,000 people with an interest in Gibraltar and its history have gone online and visited the National Museum's website and social media pages since it set up its Virtual Museum two weeks ago.
Posts have ranged from archaeology to social hist
British Airways is still running flights into Gibraltar from UK but the government is warning British travellers not to try to enter Spain across the land border from Gibraltar unless they are legally resident and have documentation to prove it.
Back in the days when Gibraltar was preparing for every possible Brexit scenario, including Britain leaving the EU without a deal, it was decided that the Gibraltar Health Authority needed to be as self-sufficient as possible and less reliant on medi
On 17 April 1492, Christopher Columbus achieved the first step towards his dream of setting off westwards to find a quicker route to the Maluku Islands, a trading centre for spices, when the voyage for which the Portuguese king had refused funding wa
This is a difficult time and there may be a lockdown in force but Easter just wouldn't seem like Easter without chocolate eggs and any residents of the four 'pensioner estates' in Gibraltar who were worried about missing out found their fears were un
Cruise liners are banned from Gibraltar at present, with the only exception being those carrying no passengers that make a technical call for fuel and supplies.
The latest ship to do so was the Star Flyer, which came on Wednesday. As usual, the cr
Different areas of Gibraltar have benefited from new trees and plants recently as part of the government's Green Gibraltar initiative.
The most recent additions are two Tipuana trees along Rosia Road promenade and almond trees, oleanders and rosem
The chief minister of Gibraltar, Fabian Picardo, sent a message to the Queen after her televised message on Sunday evening, saying her speech had been gratefully received "as we too rally together and brave this storm to protect our loved ones".
As in other countries, the people of Gibraltar are in lockdown and have to stay at home unless essential. However, this does not mean they are remaining passive in the fight to stop the Covid-19 virus.
Health minister Paul Balban announced this we
The iconic Moorish castle in Gibraltar is illuminated in blue every evening in tribute to the health workers and essential services, but on Tuesday night some of the lighting didn't appear to be working and when technicians went to investigate they d
The cruise liner Viking Sea made a short visit to Gibraltar on Wednesday to take on fuel and supplies and dispose of waste.
This was a purely technical call, as the ship was carrying no passengers and the crew were not permitted to disembark due t
UK prime minister, Boris Johnson, who tested positive for coronavirus after suffering symptoms recently, has sent a message pledging support for Gibraltar.
In a letter to the chief minister, Fabian Picardo, dated 28 March, he said additional suppl
It was announced with great sadness on Thursday that a man in his fifties who had died in Gibraltar may have been suffering from coronavirus, but test results were pending so the authorities were unable to confirm whether the virus had been the cause
In what he described as the hardest decision he had ever had to make in his political career so far, Gibraltar's chief minister, Fabian Picardo, announced on Sunday afternoon that a "total social lockdown" would begin from 12.01am on Tuesday, because
Gibraltar's iconic Moorish castle is glowing blue every evening during the coronavirus crisis in a show of support for essential services and healthcare professionals.
This began yesterday at 8pm, the time when many local people go out onto their
Seven former Governors of Gibraltar have sent a letter to the population expressing their support in the face of the global coronavirus epidemic.
The letter, signed by Lord Luce, Sir David Durie, Sir Francis Richards, Lieutenant General Sir Robert
In what he described as "the hardest decision I have had to make in my political career so far", Gibraltar's chief minister announced on Sunday afternoon that a "total social lockdown" will come into force at zero hours on Tuesday (24 March), for an
Cruise ships are no longer able to visit Gibraltar, but the World Dream will be coming on Saturday 21 March for a purely technical call.
The ship is carrying no passengers and the crew will not be permitted to disembark, nor will shore-based staff
Easyjet cancelled its flight from Bristol to Gibraltar on Thursday, apparently because of a lack of demand for the service.
The airline also contacted passengers due to fly to or from Gatwick and Manchester to say their flights have been cancelled
The Gibraltar National Museum may have closed its doors to visitors because of the coronavirus but it is still possible for those anyone who is interested to enjoy the history, archaeology, heritage and natural history of the Rock online, thanks to i
It was a sobering end to a serious speech. "My dear friends, our resilience will be tested, but our resolve will never be broken. Stay safe. Keep your loved ones safe. If you believe, pray. And if you don't, hope. Because better times will come. We w
Things have been changing very rapidly in Gibraltar this week, as the government keeps up to date with developments regarding the coronavirus situation.
On Wednesday, the government advised those over 70 and anyone with chronic health conditions t
Travel and the transportation of goods in south-west Spain became much easier after 13 March 1861, when the railway line between Seville and Cadiz was inaugurated. The project had been planned some years earlier but it turned out to be problematic as
Marina Bay is about to have a major upgrade, including an expansion to the marina with new Marinteck pontoon berths, 144 high-end rental apartments in a complex called Marina Club and new infrastructure with enhanced facilities. The number of berths
A case of coronavirus, or COVID-19, was confirmed in Gibraltar on Tuesday and the authorities stepped up their actions to try to prevent the risk of the illness spreading.
The patient's identity has not been revealed to protect his privacy, but it
Easyjet flights between Edinburgh and Gibraltar are due to begin on 31 March and the Gibraltar Tourist Board held a roadshow in the city's Balmoral Hotel on Tuesday to showcase the attractions of the Rock. This was the fourth roadshow, following succ
The two-week bereavement leave for parents who lose a child is to be extended.
The regulation originally applied to parents of children aged under 18, or those who suffered a stillbirth from 24 weeks of pregnancy, but the government recognises that
The 2020 Drama Festival will take place from Monday 16 to Friday 20 March at the John Mackintosh Hall.
There will be 11 plays, and performances begin at 7pm each day.
Tickets can be purchased in advance from the John Mackintosh Hall from Wednesd
The Spirit of Discovery cruise ship, which was due to visit Gibraltar on Saturday was asked not to do so and to continue its journey to Southampton after its captain warned that there were 89 suspected cases of Norovirus among the 868 passengers and
Seven teachers at Bayside, Westside and St Bernard's Upper Primary schools have now been accredited as Climate Change teachers.
The course includes topics such as climate change science, gender and the environment, children and climate change, cit
On 7 February 1992, Spain and Britain were among the 12 members of the European Community to sign the Treaty on European Union, informally known as the Maastricht Treaty after the Dutch city in which this took place. The other EC members at the time
The people of Gibraltar will wake up on Saturday morning and find the EU flag no longer flies on the Rock, having been replaced with the Commonwealth flag instead. That, however, should be the only difference they notice, says the Gibraltar governmen
Two picnic sites on the Upper Rock are now ready for the warmer spring weather.
The one at Jews' Gate, at the lower entrance to the path leading to Mediterranean Steps, has been refurbished, and a new area with tables and benches has been created
The Environment Department is asking people to come forward if they have any information about the deaths of a number of yellow-legged gulls who appear to have been poisoned.
It is illegal to kill any wild birds on Gibraltar, including gulls, and
The Royal Gibraltar Police has appointed PC Allan Bartram as liaison officer for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community.
He will wear rainbow epaulettes on his uniform and raise awareness among colleagues and promote understanding ab
A joint operation carried out by the Royal Gibraltar Police and Spain's Policía Nacional has resulted in the arrest of 47 people who are said to have been involved in peopletrafficking between Morocco and Spain or other European countries via Gibralt
Information posters about the Gibraltar branch of the Samaritans, GibSams, are being displayed on buses and bus stops as part of a campaign to raise awareness of the service it provides.
GibSams have a confidential helpline offering a listening ser
Entries are invited from Gibraltar residents attending years 9 to 13 in local schools or local artists aged up to 24 for the Annual Art Competition for Young Artists.
The closing date is 6pm on 14 February.
Entries must be original and previously
Those with real Christmas trees to dispose of can do so in an environmentally-friendly manner by taking them to the Civic Amenities Facility in Europa Advance Road.
The trees, which would not survive in the local climate if planted, will be shredde
The 2020 New Year message from chief minister Fabian Picardo was upbeat but didn't pull any punches: challenges lie ahead in this Brexit year, and everybody must be ready to do their bit to overcome them.
He said logistical problems will undoubted
After a public outcry, Spanish singer Original Elias was told just hours beforehand that he was no longer welcome to perform at the Reggaeton Festival last Friday.
The decision came after the artist posted a video on social media which included th
A campaign by the World Trade Center to help underprivileged children at Christmas received a tremendous response from the local community. This annual charity campaign resulted in the donation of 480 gifts from members of the World Trade Center and
The Attorney General, Michael Llamas, is among three Gibraltarians to feature on the Queen's New Year Honours List. Mr Llamas has been appointed as a CMG (Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George) for services to Gibraltar, while Debbie Bor
As 2019 comes to an end, we thought we would take a look back at some of the stories that made the headlines in SUR in English during the year.
Tragedy strikes as little boy disappears down a bore hole
The tragic story that gripped an e
The members of the Gibraltar Federation of Small Businesses have voted unanimously at a recent EGM to unite with the Women in Business Gibraltar association, which was founded in the 1990s as The Gibraltar Business Network.
Following approval of t
With the United Kingdom and Gibraltar preparing to leave the European Union on 31 January, technical talks have been scheduled in Madrid on the 14th and 15th between officials from Gibraltar, the UK and Spain.
These preparatory talks will be with
Many people struggle with loneliness and different problems at Christmas and New Year, but Gibraltar has its own branch of the Samaritans, GibSams, who are there to help.
The hotline number is 116 123 (the same number as UK) and it offers a comple
Environment minister John Cortes attended the 25th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties in Madrid recently, not only to represent the Rock but as Political Lead of the UK Overseas Territories, representing their governments in the UK delegatio
The Methuen Treaty, or Port Wine Treaty, as it became known, was signed between Portugal and England in 1703, during the early years of the Spanish War of Succession, to establish trading relationships between the two countries.
At the beginning o
Santa's Grotto and other events at Ocean Village have raised over £2,200 for the Wobbles Children's Charity, during a magical eight-day Christmas festival.
Founder Frankie Hatton said Wobbles was thrilled at being chosen: "As a children's charity,
Gibraltar will be seeing in the New Year in style, with live music starting at 10.30pm in Casemates Square on Tuesday 31 December and continuing until 3am on New Year's Day.
The entertainment includes a spectacular firework display at midnight, and
The government announced on Wednesday that it has begun legal proceedings against the Spanish far-right party Vox for inciting hatred towards the people of Gibraltar, including statements urging violent action.
It says Vox is abusing the right of f
GibAir has apologised after Easyjet passengers' luggage was accidentally loaded onto the wrong planes last Sunday.
The bags for the Gatwick flight were put into the hold of the plane heading to Manchester, and vice versa.
Passengers were reunited
The chief minister of Gibraltar, Fabian Picardo, made a statement to the Gibraltar parliament on Monday about the results of the UK election and the way forward with Brexit, which is expected to take place on 31 January.
Fabian Picardo said that w
The Gibraltar Philharmonic Society is organising the New Year's Concert at the John Mackintosh Hall on Tuesday 7 January at 8.30 pm.
Tickets cost £20 and are available from Sacarello's Coffee Shop in Irish Town, the Silver Shop at 222 Main Street,
Preparatory works are about to begin for the project to turn The Mount into a green area, resembling the Commonwealth Park but with woodland and in the south of Gibraltar. It will become a recreation area with a research and discovery park, and the p
The Alameda Gardens tours will continue on the last Saturday of each month (except December) next year, starting at 10.30am from the George Don Gates.
The guided tours of these fascinating botanical gardens, which also have an interesting history,
The Easyjet airline has announced that it is to begin direct flights between Gibraltar and Edinburgh from late March next year, and this will be the first connection between Gibraltar and Scotland.
There will be two flights a week, all through the
A further stage of restoration works is being carried out on the Grand Battery, one of the key military monuments which formed part of Gibraltar's Northern Defences.
The first phase of the works included the removal of a World War Two blast wall,
The Royal Gibraltar Police (RGP) are cracking down hard on drink-driving with a special pre-Christmas campaign which includes the warning that drivers can still be under the influence of alcohol the morning after a night of heavy drinking.
In a ha
The Christmas lights in the town centre were due to be switched on last Friday but due to the bad weather it was decided to incorporate the Festival of Lights into the Winter Party in Town on Saturday afternoon and evening, instead and what a truly s
The chief minister Fabian Picardo, financial secretary Albert Mena, commissioner for income tax, John Lester and finance centre director Jimmy Tipping attended the 10th anniversary meeting of the Global Forum of the Organisation for Economic Cooperat
The Gibraltar Federation of Small Businesses has announced the opening of applications for next years GFSB Business Innovation Award sponsored by Gibtelecom.
The application form can be found on the Awards page at www.gfsb.gi and needs to be submi
Gibraltar is a small place with a growing population and a thriving economy so it needs housing and office space, but a group of local residents who are fed up with the constant noise and dust from construction have begun a petition on Change.org to
There is a saying that from little acorns great oak trees grow, and that certainly seems applicable to the Casa de la Memoria La Sauceda, in Jimena de la Frontera, Cadiz province, which has just celebrated its third anniversary.
This information ce
On 22 November 1975, two days after the death of dictator General Francisco Franco, Prince Juan Carlos was sworn in as King of Spain. Franco had ruled with an iron hand for 36 years, after winning the 1936 to 1939 civil war, so this was a turning poi
The chief minister and deputy chief minister of Gibraltar held a meeting with the president of the Mancomunidad de Municipios of the Campo de Gibraltar, Juan Lozano, on Wednesday morning.
The meeting took place at No 6 Convent Place, the seat of t
The High Commissioner of Canada, Janice Charette, was in Gibraltar on a fact-finding visit this week.
She was welcomed at the airport by deputy chief minister Dr Joseph Garcia, who is responsible for relations with the Commonwealth, and held meetin
This year's Winter Party in Town returns to Casemates Square on Saturday 23 November, starting with children's activities at 4pm and music and dance performances from 4.30pm until late.
This event offers fun for all the family, and the headline ban
Gibraltar was able to lay a wreath for the first time at the UK's National Service of Remembrance at the Cenotaph in Whitehall last Sunday, and the honour of doing so was given to Dominique Searle MBE, Gibraltar's Representative to the United Kingdom
The PSOE party gained the most seats in last Sunday's general election in Spain, but lost three seats compared with the last election in April and still does not have a majority in parliament. The result was no surprise, as pre-election polling had i
An exhibition to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Gibraltar National Archive will be taking place at the Fine Arts Gallery from 5 to 23 November.
The exhibition, which is organised by the present archivist, Anthony Pitaluga, will be accompa
The mayor of Gibraltar, John Gonçalves, travelled to Ballymena recently to unveil a memorial plaque for the 42 people from Gibraltar who died while evacuated there during the Second World War.
Altogether, three plaques were unveiled. The Gibraltar
The Sky Princess cruise ship is currently on her maiden voyage and Gibraltar was one of the stops on her itinerary this week.
The ship set off from Athens and will finish its cruise in Rome on 3 November. Gibraltar's new minister for Tourism, Vija
British citizens who moved from the UK to Gibraltar in the past 15 years will be able to vote in the British general election on 12 December.
They can register to vote in the UK as an overseas voter as long as they are a British or eligible Irish
The government announced this week that it will propose, in a motion to be tabled in the first session of the new Parliament, that the date for the referendum on legalising abortion will be Thursday 19 March 2020.
This will be a vote on the comme
The Open Day at the Alameda Gardens will take place on Sunday 3 November, to raise funds for the biodome education centre.
There will be behind-the-scenes tours, raptor displays, Feasts with the Beasts at the wildlife centre, Capoeira and animal m
Incoming mail will no longer have to take a roundabout route to reach Gibraltar from the UK, thanks to the government's Brexit contingency planning.
A new agreement with Royal Mail means letters and parcels will now be delivered directly to Gibral
Two Borders and Coastguard officers and two Customs officers have been suspended while an investigation is carried out into an incident when five uniformed Protección Civil volunteers from the village of El Burgo drove into Gibraltar in one of the Sp
Juan Franco, the mayor of La Línea de la Concepción, visited Gibraltar on Thursday for a meeting with newly re-elected chief minister Fabian Picardo and members of the government, including Dr Joseph García, deputy chief minister and leader of the Li
The GSLP-Liberals have won the General Election in Gibraltar that took place on Thursday. The party led by Chief Minister Fabian Picardo has been voted in for a third four-year term with 52.5 per cent of the votes. Picardo received the highest number
A long-planned anti-Brexit protest in La Línea is still expected to go ahead tomorrow (Saturday), even though the British government and the EU say they have reached agreement over a new withdrawal deal. British MPs will have to approve the deal if i
The small and picturesque village of Jimena de la Frontera in Cadiz province, just half an hour's drive inland from Sotogrande, is the focus of arts and crafts this month with an exhibition starting on Friday 11th October and a fascinating and innova
A Spanish man died in a tragic incident off Eastern Beach on Monday, when his boat was involved in a collision with a Customs vessel in the middle of the night. The Royal Gibraltar Police have named the man as 42-year-old Alfredo Morodo Gutiérrez, a
They may look like ordinary plastic bottles, but they are concrete slabs of the future for Gibraltar's roads, if a trial scheme which is about to begin proves successful.
Following the 'Gib School Strike 4 Climate Change' and 'Parents for Future'
The Mount, the home of Major General Sir William Green in the 18th century, is to become a leisure area for the public to enjoy, with event and wedding facilities, an adventure park and a Discovery Centre.
There has been considerable interest in t
The General Election in Gibraltar will take place on Thursday 17 October, the same day as the European Council meeting which is expected to be very important for the future of Brexit.
Anyone who is eligible to vote in Gibraltar should bear in mind
The Gibraltar government has begun discussions with Cirque du Soleil about creating a custom-made show which would be performed in Gibraltar for approximately one month in the spring /summer of 2020.
The unique show would have Gibraltar's history,
We now know what a Neolithic woman who lived in Gibraltar 7,500 years ago looked like, thanks to the facial reconstruction of a skull found in a burial site inside a cave near Europa Point in 1996.
Using DNA technology, archaeologists and experts
The UK government reluctantly released what it said were its contingency plans for Brexit, the so-called Operation Yellowhammer document, on Wednesday night.
However it consisted of just a few pages and not the lengthy summary of the situation in
It was a happy day for many in Spain, 13 September 1961, because the engagement was announced between Prince Juan Carlos de Borbón and Princess Sophia, the daughter of King Paul of Greece and Frederica of Hanover. The couple and their families were p
September 10th is a day no Gibraltarian ever wants to miss, the official National Day and a public holiday, when people dress in the Gibraltar colours of red and white and gather to reinforce their commitment to self-determination and celebrate being
It's music, music, music and some very famous names all the way in Gibraltar this month with a series of major events, many of which tie in with the Celebrations around National Day, which is on 10 September.
On Tuesday, 3 September the Gibraltar
The Gibraltar government announced on Wednesday that members of the UK Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) team were in Gibraltar working with colleagues and stakeholders on no- deal Brexit preparations.
They were meeting foo
There have been calls from the Teachers Union, opposition politicians and students themselves on social media to delay the start of the school year in Gibraltar's two new comprehensive schools, due to concerns that there is a rush to get them ready o
The Gibraltar International Song Festival is taking place on 12 October at the Tercentenary Hall with a record-breaking number of entries from over 27 countries.
Celebrating its tenth anniversary this year, the GISF is one of the most important fe
Officers from the Royal Gibraltar Police recovered the lifeless body of an adult man from the sea approximately 1.5 Nm off Europa Point on Wednesday afternoon, after being alerted by the Gibraltar Port Authority.
The man has not yet been identifie
The minister with responsibility for the university and for the port, Gilbert Licudi, recently held a meeting with Kathryn Neilson, a director of the Merchant Navy Training Board (MNTB), as part of the preparations for the maritime training courses w
Patients with a painful spine condition caused by osteoporosis can now be treated in Gibraltar, thanks to a new surgical service launched by the Gibraltar Health Authority.
Previously, patients and their families had to travel to the UK for the pr
Ferias are a bit like Marmite - you either love them or hate them, and in my case I have gone from one extreme to another. In my younger days I'd have been there, dancing the night away and sipping sherry as if there were a lagoon of it that had to b
Following the publication by the Sunday Times of a leaked UK government report into the consequences of a no-deal Brexit, the Gibraltar government quickly issued a statement saying that it wasn't what it seemed.
The report, part of Operation Yellow
The AquaGib water company has provided two water bottle refill points in the town centre, one outside the police station in Casemates Square and the other in the Piazza, by the kiosk opposite Matalan.
This is another way of reducing the use of pla
Two more artists have been announced for the Gibraltar Calling Music Festival at the Europa Point Leisure Complex on 7 and 8 September.
Those attending can look forward to seeing Killer Queen, the longest-established tribute band to Freddy Mercury
The Ministry for Infrastructure and Planning has installed a new-style car-shaped bicycle rack at Europort Road, an area that has fast become Gibraltar's main cycling hub.
The frame is in the shape of a car, as a reminder that up to ten bicycles
The Supreme Court in Gibraltar decided on Thursday afternoon to release the supertanker Grace 1, which had been detained on 4 July because it was believed that the ship was carrying crude oil to a refinery in Syria and thereby contravening EU sanctio
The government has announced regulations to remove all duty on cutlery and tableware made of wood.
This is to encourage people to use alternatives to plastic and is in addition to the legislation that has already been introduced, banning a wide ra
Dates for the diary for lovers of operetta: October 2nd and 3rd, when the popular Teatro Lírico Andaluz will be performing 'La Dolorosa' at the John Mackintosh Hall as part of the Autumn Cultural Programme. The performances begin at 8pm and tickets,
The government has scrapped plans to turn the old Queen's Cinema into the Gibraltar National Theatre and decided to convert the John Mackintosh Hall instead.
In an announcement this week, it was revealed that the central core of the John Mackintosh
It has almost become an institution on the Rock, but the Gibraltar Crystal shop in Casemates Square has announced that it is closing down at the end of this month.
However, lovers of their beautiful hand-crafted items now have the chance to snatch
Matt Coulthard has been crowned British Champion at the Firefighter Challenge for the second time, and says he was thrilled to have represented Gibraltar and competed for the British title.
The challenge is organised for charity and replicates the
A delegation of five Members of Congress of the United States of America arrived in Gibraltar for a two-day visit on Wednesday.
It follows the trip to Washington made by deputy chief minister Dr Joseph Garcia earlier this year, and was organised t
The Alameda Wildlife Park's first-ever open day outside the park raised over £1,500.
The event was held in Ocean Village last Saturday and children flocked to the animal learning enclosure to see the rabbits, tortoises, cockatoos and reptiles.
The leading betting and gaming company bet365 has announced that it is to relocate some of its operations to Malta, where it has held a licence since 2015.
The company says it plans to maintain a presence in Gibraltar, but there are fears that the
'Rock of Ages', a work by Gibraltar artist Paul Cosquieri, has been selected for the prestigious 2019 Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition. Approximately 13,000 works were submitted this year, but only 700 were accepted.
The summer show is the
Electing the members of the European Parliament is still quite a novel experience for voters in Gibraltar, because although the Rock joined the EU (EEC) with the UK in 1973, its people were not able to vote in EU elections until 2004, and then only a
The programme of events for the Spring Festival, which runs from 1 May to 20 June, has now been announced. A full run-down can be obtained from the Cultural Department, but in the meantime these are a few of the many highlights coming up soon.
The Gibraltar Health Authority is holding its annual skin cancer screening day on Saturday (13 April), from 9am to 1pm at the Primary Care Centre. Anyone interested in having moles or growths on their skin checked is asked to use the entrance via the
Plans were announced this week for an ambitious new development within Gibraltar harbour, west of Coaling Island and in Port waters, which will be called Victoria Keys.
The project will involve creating 60,000 square metres of new land, using mate
On 12 April 1931 local elections were held in Spain for the first time in years, and the result - a landslide victory for republicans and left-wing parties - changed the course of history.
The number of seats on each council was determined by the
The Department of the Environment, Heritage and Climate Change in Gibraltar has acquired a drone which will be used for terrestrial and marine mammal monitoring, renewing and updating the aerial imagery of Gibraltar with new Orthophoto (geospatially
The Gibraltar International Song Festival, which is open to composers and authors worldwide and was due to take place at the Tercentenary Sports Hall on 18 May, has had to be postponed.
The organisers say the decision was regrettably necessary but
As long as the UK government agrees to make it reciprocal, British citizens making short trips to EU countries will not have to obtain a visa even in the event of a no-deal Brexit, following legislation passed by the European Parliament on Thursday.
The Gibraltar government has extended the Nature Reserve by 2.42 square kilometres, and by doing so has protected a uniquely scenic and little-known area of Gibraltar for future generations.
The Devil's Tooth Green Corridor, as the area will be kn
All operational and safety systems at Gibraltar's new liquefied natural gas power station are currently being tested, as part of the terminal's on-going commissioning programme.
One of the tests, which was successfully carried out on Sunday, was of
Excavation works at the Gorham's Cave World Heritage Site, which was the last known home of the Neanderthals, are due to begin again in early May and students from Leiden university in the Netherlands will be taking part.
This year the excavations
The Commonwealth flag could be seen flying in Gibraltar last weekend instead of the EU flag, to commemorate Commonwealth Day.
In the past, the Commonwealth flag was only flown outside No. 6 Convent Place, but last year it was decided to make the c
An open-air photographic exhibition on the theme of Ice Age Europe is now on view at Commonwealth Park, Gibraltar where it will remain until the end of May before continuing its European tour. The exhibition was officially opened by Professor John Co
The mayor of Gibraltar travelled to Kingston, Jamaica, this week, with the Minister for Culture, Steven Linares, and the rector of St Theresa's Church and the Shrine of our Lady of Europe, Father Charles Azzopardi, to consolidate the Twinning Agreeme
HMS Duncan was in Gibraltar on Thursday, for a routine logistics visit. This impressive Type 45 destroyer recently sailed from her home port in Portsmouth for a six-month operational deployment.
Initially she will be operating in the Mediterranean
The United Nations began celebrating International Women's Day in 1975, which had been designated International Women's Year, but it was in 1977 that the General Assembly invited member states to designate 8 March as the UN Day for women's rights and
It was Felipe V, the first Bourbon king of Spain, who created what is now the country's National Library, although when he opened it in 1712 it was known as the Royal Library. He did so with two reasons in mind: to encourage ordinary people to study,
Officers from Gibraltar's Special Branch arrested two Albanians at the airport on 20 February, following suspicions over flights which had been booked to the UK. They were detained before boarding a flight to Manchester. One of the men, aged 50, was
Entries for the Gibraltar Young Artists competition can now be seen at the John Mackintosh Hall, on weekdays from 9.30am to 9pm until 8 March.
Forty-one artists submitted a total of seventy-nine works for the event.
The Ministry of Culture prize
World Trade Center Gibraltar and Regus have raised over £300 as they held their first ever charity padel tournament in aid of Childline.
The event demonstrated fantastic community spirit, with 32 players participating from different companies in th
An 18th-century gold watch signed by Gibraltarian goldsmith Henry Cowper has been acquired at auction by the Gibraltar National Museum, beating numerous other bidders and finally buying the beautiful piece for £5,334.
Henry Cowper is probably bett
Along with the good news on Friday that the EU would allow short-term visa-free travel to British citizens in the event of a No-Deal Brexit, as long as this is reciprocal, there was an unpleasant surprise for Gibraltar. The draft EU document stated t
In an exciting step forward in terms of energy, households in Gibraltar have used electricity generated by Liquefied Natural Gas for the first time ever.
For the half-hour between 11.45am and 12.15pm last Saturday, Engine No5 generated power and f
The Gibraltar international chess festival began on Tuesday 22 January, and will continue until Thursday 31st.
Several star players are competing for the £25,000 first prize, including top seed Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, the sixth best player in the
The Norwegian company Fonnafly will be starting helicopter flights around Gibraltar on 1 May, as an added attraction for tourists, especially cruise passengers. The company, which began operating in Norway in 2004, will be deploying one EC130 helicop
On 18 January 1977 two scientists at the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta, USA, put an end to a mystery which had been puzzling society for months.
Dr Charles C. Shepard and Dr Joseph E McDade discovered what caused Legionnaires' disease, an
Stormy days lay ahead but Lee Spencer, the 'Rowing Marine', was all smiles before setting off from Ocean Village on Tuesday for an epic journey, rowing solo and unsupported to Venezuela.
Lee, a former marine who lost a leg in an accident, is raisin
Chief minister Fabian Picardo and deputy chief minister Dr Joseph Garcia spent two days in London this week for meetings related to Brexit. The discussions included preparations for a no-deal Brexit in the event that the UK-EU Withdrawal Agreement is
The first patient from Gibraltar in 15 years to undergo a kidney transplant in the UK has now returned home after recovering from the surgery, which was carried out at the Hammersmith hospital.
Once the patient, who has not been named, was told a
Despite all the Christmas lights in Gibraltar over the festive season, energy consumption in the town area fell by 24.7 per cent last year, compared with 2017.
The Christmas illuminations now use LEDs and their consumption is 72.39 per cent lower
Opening hours at the Modern Art Gallery in Montagu Bastion are to be extended from 14 January.
On Tuesdays and Thursdays after that date the exhibitions can be seen from 11am to 6pm, while on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays the gallery will be ope
Three Gibraltarians have been named in the New Years Honours list 2019.
Richard Mifsud has been awarded the Queen's Police Medal for services to policing in Gibraltar, and Assistant Commissioner Richard Ullger the Overseas Territories Medal (OTM),
Entries for the Gibraltar International Song Festival, which takes place on Saturday 18 May this year, can be submitted until the end of this month.
Composers from all over the world are invited to submit previously unpublished works, and further
The chief minister will be broadcasting his New Year message on Monday, but deputy chief minister Dr Joseph Garcia released his on Wednesday, warning that Brexit is now the challenge for this generation.
"In less than three months' time," he said,
2018 was dominated by Brexit, but other things did happen on the Rock, as this round-up shows.
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It was a happy start to the year in Gibraltar, with news that former chief minister Joe Bossano had been awarded
Christmas is a time of goodwill and there was plenty of that about in Ocean Village recently, especially in the Santa's Grotto in O'Reilly's Irish Bar which raised a massive £2,651.35 for the Research into Childhood Cancer association.
Seven local men and women were presented with a Mayor's Award by the mayor of Gibraltar, Kaiane Aldorino Lopez, at a special ceremony at City Hall on Wednesday.
Lance Corporal Conway has been given the Mayor's Silver Award in recognition of his act
Upskirting - taking a photo under a person's clothing without their knowledge or permission - is not currently a criminal offence in Gibraltar, but that is about to change. The government wants to introduce legislation to make it a specific sexual of
Outline planning permission has now been granted for a 19-storey mixed use development at Devil's Tongue Queensway, on a site which once formed part of the port.
The design of the building has had to be changed from the initial plans to reduce its
CHAMP (Children, Healthy and Active! Multi-agency Programme) launched its third phase of planned events recently, as a way of encouraging children in Gibraltar to lead a healthy lifestyle.
The winter phase of the programme, called 'A Winter of Fes
Easyjet has begun its twice-weekly service between Luton and Gibraltar. The flights run on Tuesdays and Saturdays and will continue year-round.
This is the airline's fourth destination from Gibraltar, after London Gatwick, Bristol and Manchester.
Lee Spencer, known as 'The Rowing Marine', is back in Gibraltar to prepare for his latest challenge. On Wednesday 12 December this former Royal Marine plans to set off from the Rock and row 3,800 nautical miles, solo and unsupported, to South America
Anyone who wants to get into the festive party spirit can do so in Casemates Square next Saturday, 15 December, when this year's Winter Party in Town event takes place.
The celebrations begin at 4pm, and are aimed at all the family. The theme is '
The National Print Awards ceremony has just taken place at the Marbella Print Museum (MGEC), where the winning works are now on display, and there was especially enthusiastic praise from the judges for British artist Roderic Stokes. His creative geni
Many people believe only historical buildings can be classified as Unesco World Heritage Sites, but the Elche date palm grove, known as the 'Palmeral de Elche' in Spanish, proves them wrong.
This enormous plantation of date palms is the only one of
Christmas started in style at Ocean Village this week, with a visit by Santa Claus on Tuesday evening accompanied by Disney Princess Cinderella, Star of PJ Masks and Catboy and his friendly elf for the ceremony to switch on the blue and white Christm
Ronnie Scott will be presenting the Gibraltar Jazz Festival in St Michael's Cave on 8 December and it promises to be a glittering evening with some of the greatest talent on the UK jazz scene, and a special performance by world famous vocalist Georgi
In the early hours of Tuesday Customs officers were involved in a high-speed chase, pursuing a suspect boat, a high-powered RHIB, whose occupants began to throw packages overboard as they tried to get away.
Once the RHIB had left Gibraltar waters
The EU Council signed the Withdrawal Agreement and approved the Political Declaration on Sunday despite earlier threats by Spanish prime minister Pedro Sánchez that he would not even attend the meeting unless his concerns about the Gibraltar aspect w
Fabian Picardo, Gibraltar's chief minister, warned a few weeks ago that there would be a period of "peaks and troughs" ahead before the withdrawal agreement between the UK and EU over Brexit was sealed. This week his words have proven to be almost pr
As part of the events organised to mark its second anniversary last week, the 'Casa de la Memoria La Sauceda' in Jimena de la Frontera, which is a Civil War information and research centre, paid tribute to the people of Gibraltar for the help and sup
The Christmas Festival of Lights takes place this evening (Friday 23rd) in John Mackintosh Square, starting at 6pm with live music performances, carol singing and dancing.
The Christmas lights will be officially switched on at 7.30pm, and an artisa
In the past week Customs Officers from Gibraltar, working in conjunction with other agencies, have taken part in a number of operations which have resulted in the seizure of a vehicle, a boat, communications equipment and over £17,000 worth of cigare
Chief Minister Fabian Picardo issued reassuring statements for the people of Gibraltar on Thursday, following the publication of the draft Withdrawal Agreement between the UK and the EU.
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As some of the events coincide, it is a good idea to obtain tickets in advance to avoid disappointment, either online at gibraltarliteraryfestival.com or from the festival ticket office at the Garrison Library, which opens from 10am to 4pm Mondays to
Everyone knows that Gibraltar has a strong interest in the environment and protecting the planet, and that every little can help. The mayor of Gibraltar, Kaiane Aldorino Lopez,is applying that philosophy to the decorations for the Christmas tree in t
The Bayside School Cyber Centurion Club, represented by four students from Bayside and Westside, has been shortlisted for a Stem Inspirational Award.
Previous winners include BAE systems, Cisco, RAF, Siemens and the University of St Andrews, so thi
The government is to make improvements to Zones 1 and 2 of the Pilot Residential Parking Schemes as part of an ongoing monitoring of the success of the new system.
Full details of the parking schemes are included in an information booklet which ca
The International Red Cross and Red Crescent movement began as the result of one man's inspiration for a kinder world.
That man was Henry Dunant, a Swiss businessman who was appalled when he witnessed the suffering of those injured in the Battle of
In the future, Gibraltar may possibly want a deeper relationship with the European Union, deputy chief minister Dr Joseph Garcia told the European Parliament in Strasbourg this week. He was speaking in response to questions from the Green/EFA MEP wor
The 2018 edition of the Eurafrica Trail is to include Gibraltar as an integral part of the experience once again. This is the only mountain race in the world to be held between two continents and three countries, and it has been confirmed that the Gi
Thursday marked the opening of a special exhibition at the John Mackintosh Hall to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I. It includes photographs, films and different items on display, some of which have been loaned by members o
British prime minister Theresa May visited the Gibraltar reception at the Conservative Party conference this week, the first time any prime minister has done so. In a speech welcoming Mrs May, chief minister Fabian Picardo thanked her for her clear a
Tuesday 9 October is World Post Day and to mark the occasion the post office in Bishop Caruana Road will be offering two guided tours of its facilities, at 4pm and 6pm.
World Post Day, which has been celebrated for 49 years, raises awareness of th
The new Notre Dame school in Laguna opened on Thursday, and parents and anyone else interested in seeing the new facility are invited to visit next week. The arrangements for this will be announced later.
The modern school includes spacious classr
The fifth series of Gibraltar History Lectures begins at the university this month, with a talk by Dr Geraldine Finlayson, Director of Heritage and Environmental Services at the Gibraltar National Museum, on 'Gibraltar's Medieval History'.
The chief minister, Fabian Picardo, and deputy chief minister Dr Joseph Garcia held another meeting in London to discuss Brexit on Wednesday, this time in Downing Street with Dominic Raab, the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, and Pa
HMS Echo arrived at the Naval Base in Gibraltar for a routine scheduled visit on Wednesday.
The Echo is the first of two multi-role hydrographic survey ships commissioned by the Royal Navy. The other survey vessel of this type is her sister ship,
Decades ago, there used to be a saying: "Be there or be square." Well, if anyone wasn't at the MTV Gibraltar Calling Music Festival last weekend, that saying could definitely apply. However, they could be forgiven for not realising that in this case
Some patients in the Sunshine Ward at Ocean Views Mental Health Facility are now enjoying 'Pawsitive Pet Activity', a type of pet therapy. They are visited by two Chihuahuas, Ant and Dec, once a week, and it is hoped to expand the service in the near
MTV Presents: Gibraltar Calling, formerly known as the Gibraltar Music Festival gets under way today.
The Rock will be rocking to the music of famous names and up-and-coming artists for the next two days. This is a time when the whole of Gibraltar
It was reported this week that the Gibraltar government has been holding direct talks with Spain about Brexit and their relationship after Britain leaves the European Union, but in fact this was quite old news. It did, however, seem to come as a surp
The debate continues into Gibraltar's anti-abortion laws and whether they should be changed.
Members of the 'No More Shame' pro-choice group are collecting signatures on a petition asking the Gibraltar government to decriminalise abortion, while t
The Gibraltar government has announced that the new Notre Dame School is now completed, apart from some external works and landscaping which were slightly delayed by recent bad weather.
The school is now being handed over to the Department of Educa
When the Franco dictatorship began after the Spanish Civil War in 1939, trade unions were banned, their assets were confiscated and militants were jailed, executed or repressed. In place of the unions, the regime created what were known as 'Sindicato
A pilot project for young people is due to open on Tuesday at the Youth Centre in Line Wall Road.
"The Zone" is a safe space where they can talk about issues which may be affecting them and explore solutions and coping strategies to enable them to
Customs officers on a routine patrol in Gibraltar arrested a Spanish man who was carrying a "commercial quantity" of cigarettes on board a boat leaving the Ocean Village marina around midday on Thursday.
The crew of the Customs boat Tango II becam
September 10th is National Day, probably the most important event of the year for the people of Gibraltar and especially so this year, as it was the last time it was celebrated with Gibraltar as part of the EU.
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The Department of the Environment is currently testing the first Seabin system in the Small Boats Marina, with a view to reducing the amount of plastic pollution in the water. If effective, it is hoped that Seabins will be deployed in all Gibraltar's
During PM's Question Time in the UK Parliament on Wednesday, prime minister Theresa May reiterated her government's commitment to fully include Gibraltar in all aspects of the Brexit negotiations.
Speaking in response to a question from Conservati
September 10th is National Day every year, when people dress in Gibraltar's colours of red and white and enjoy a day packed with entertainment and activities, most of them taking place in the emblematic Casemates Square.
It was decided a few years
Four of the five athletes from Gibraltar who were due to take part in the World Masters Championships in Malaga boycotted it after being told they would have to compete as 'neutral' instead of representing Gibraltar, and would not be permitted to wea
This year's cardboard boat race, which took place as usual in Ocean Village, has broken all records in terms of takings with a massive £7,757.74 which will be donated equally to the Gibraltar Cardiac Association and the GBC Open Day Appeal.
The Spanish government's representative in Cadiz province, José Antonio Pacheco, has apologised for incidents which occurred during a protest by National Police and Guardia Civil officers near the Gibraltar border last Wednesday, and has accused some
The border between Gibraltar and Spain is already an external border and with the right political will it is possible that Brexit will make no difference to it, deputy chief minister Dr Joseph Garcia said a few days ago, addressing a University of Ca
If anyone doubted the close relationship between Gibraltar and the area of Spain closest to it, or the friendship between Gibraltarians and their nearest Spanish neighbours, they would only have had to attend the University of Cadiz Summer Course on
It's not very long now to the MTV Gibraltar Calling music festival, which takes place at the Victoria Stadium on 21 and 22 September, but those who wish to attend will have to purchase their tickets soon with tickets selling quickly.
It is now one year since the Redibike scheme was launched as part of the Sustainable Transport Plan, enabling people to pick up a bicycle in one part of the town and return it in another. The most popular bicycle stations have proved to be at Market
The Marella Explorer, the latest addition to the Marella Cruises fleet, made her inaugural visit to Gibraltar on Wednesday, although she had previously visited the Rock under her former guise of Mein Schiff 1.
The ship has had a multi-million pound
It announced itself to be " A Treaty of Peace and Friendship between the Most Serene and Most Potent Princess Anne, by the Grace of God, Queen of Great Britain, France, and Ireland, Defender of the Faith, &c. and the Most Serene and Most Potent Princ
HMS Duncan is due to arrive in Gibraltar today, 6 July, for a routine engagement visit.
This Type 45 destroyer has just completed a very successful seven-month deployment as flagship of NATO's task group in the Black Sea and Mediterranean.
It may only be July but the government has announced that this year's Christmas Draw will be the biggest yet.
It will take place on Tuesday 18 December at 7:30pm. The 100,000 tickets, on sale now, will cost £20 per full ticket, and the top prize wi
From now on Gibraltar's beaches will fly a purple flag to indicate that jellyfish and/or other dangerous marine life are known to be in the area.
If you see a purple flag, it doesn't mean swimming is prohibited if sea conditions are suitable, but e
All sponsored patients from Gibraltar who are sent for medical treatment in London will be able to stay at the new Calpe House in future. This new facility in Norfolk Square was officially opened by the patron of Calpe House Ltd, Sir Joe Bossano, who
The organisers of the MTV Gibraltar Calling music festival have announced that SOUR, described as the hottest new act to shake up London's musical landscape, are to play their first live show at this year's event.
The band's frontman, Connar Ridd,
The Gorham's Cave Complex in Gibraltar, which is a Unesco World Heritage Site, is becoming increasingly famous around the world thanks to recent high-profile TV coverage. A team led by the Gibraltar Museum recently began another season of excavations
Two more fixed speed cameras have been installed in Gibraltar, bringing the total to six.
The latest additions are in Queensway and Waterport Wharf Road. All six fixed speed traps are now equipped with rear facing cameras which will capture any mot
A dolphin protection zone has been set up in part of the Bay of Gibraltar and the practice of 'popping' for tuna, which can seriously injure dolphins is not permitted in waters approximately to the north of Rosia Bay.
The bluefin tuna season contin
Anyone who loves good food and a good time should head down to Casemates Square tomorrow (Saturday 23rd) from 7pm for the Calentita food festival.
This will be an evening packed with delicious gastronomy, cookery demonstrations, dance performances