Gibraltar — Shopping and Leisure
Gibraltar has long been one of the world’s most famous tax-free havens, especially when it comes to perfume, liquor, cigarettes, electronics, and other traditional duty-free purchases. A popular shopping spot for expats living on the nearby Costa del Sol in the UK, daytrips to stock up on brand name items are commonplace.
Most shops are situated along Main Street, including Marks and Spencer, Next, Morrisons, and other popular British chains. Main Street is also lined with clothing boutiques, electronic shops and duty-free outlets. Prices at most are on par with their British counterparts, except for the much cheaper tax free items.
Gibraltar’s public market is another favorite stop, selling fresh fish and produce behind Casemates Square since 1929. Gibraltar is also filled with unique glass shops where visitors can not only buy beautiful glassware, but watch it being made. Lovely silverware is another popular souvenir.
Shopping hours are the most extensive on weekdays, when stores are typically open from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. On Saturdays, many shops are only open in the morning from 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., with the majority closing altogether on Sunday.
The Gibraltar pound, the territory’s official currency, is exchanged on par with the British pound at most shops and businesses. Many shops give change in British currency as the Gibraltar pounds are not accepted outside the country. Leftover Gibraltar pounds can easily be exchanged for British pounds at the airport or banks, but it helps to carry cash as some stores do not accept debit or credit cards.