On your holiday to Gibraltar there’s one particular place you won’t want to miss out on. The Grand Casemates Square is a bustling social area full of amazing retail outlets, historical monuments and quaint eateries. The historic square got its name from the Grand Casemates which was built by the British and used in several wars throughout history. After being completed in 1817, Grand Casemates Square was used by the military for decades but in recent years has become a hub for tourists to enjoy the vibrant community of Gibraltar. Just to the north end of Main Street, this is a must-see spot if you really want to experience Gibraltar. Here’s a handy guide that outlines the history of Grand Casemates Square and some of the things you can do and see around the area.
The land where the Square was built was originally a beach, which was the location of where the first Moroccan settlers landed during the Moorish period. The settlement soon became a thriving place for trade and was home to an increasing number of people. During the 15th century the Spanish took control of the area which lead to big refurbishments and new developments. Back then the area around Grand Casemates Square formed part of the old town and was walled off by gates and a series of towers. Due to unstable ground, the structures built by the Spanish eventually began to sink and had to be demolished.
The British attempted to rebuild the local structures after the Great Siege but eventually levelled the square so it could be used for public events and military parades. Today Grand Casemates Square is a commercial hotspot full of shops, boutiques and bars. As you head out from your suite at the Eliott Hotel Gibraltar take a stroll through the square and you’ll find a thriving community of friendly locals and excited tourists.
Explore the vibrant square and browse some of the gorgeous boutiques and luxury shops. If you want to find a beautiful gift for a loved one or friend back home then visit Gibraltar Crystal. This classic glass blowers offers a range of wonderful glasswork and ornaments that have been made using traditional techniques, which you can watch at one of their regular exhibitions.
If you’re looking for a luxury gift to treat yourself then visit the Antonio Diamond Boutique. Some of the finest jewellery in the world can be found at this high-end jewellery dealers. Whether you’re looking for a beautiful new necklace or a ring for that special someone, you’ll find a collection of breathtaking pieces on display at Antonio Diamond. Because our hotel’s near Grand Casemates Square, you won’t have to go far to find more great shops like this one.
Right next to Grand Casemates Square you’ll find the beautiful Ocean Village, a thriving retail district next to the marina. Wander along the bustling walkways and discover shops, boutiques and even a casino. At night the area really comes to life, with beautiful light displays and vibrant clubs.