Living In Upper Town Gibraltar
One of the most curious parts of Gibraltar is its Upper Town; it occupies the northwest corner of the territory and is only a 15-minute walk from the airport. A network of narrow lanes surrounding Main Street is a slice of England in the sun.
Upscale stores and traditional British pubs make you feel like you’re in the UK. But the unique blend of architecture and the immaculate blue sky reminds you that you are in the Mediterranean.
Casemates Square is the main outdoor space in the neighborhood; it has many sunny terraces to enjoy a splendid view accompanied by good food and drink. A charming area where you can find many places to go or go out and browse around.
Windows with green and blue shutters, pastel-colored facades, arched doorways… In some corners of the Rock of Gibraltar, one could feel transported to a Genoese village in northern Italy.
The visitor will not find in this city the narrow streets of whitewashed houses typical of Andalusia. Nor the Victorian brick houses and smoky chimneys typical of a British town.
In 1753, 34% of the local population was of Genoese origin, the largest group in the city at that time. There are several explanations for this migration: commercial and fishing interests and the fact that the Rock of Gibraltar was a common stopover on the voyage to America.
Even today, Italian surnames account for 20% of the census. And some of these names became illustrious.
Advantages of living in Upper Town Gibraltar
Choosing which neighborhood you want to live in is a very important decision when buying a home. But in any case, the area where you decide to live, inevitably, will mark your daily life. Because it is not the same to live in the center of the city as in a residential neighborhood; having services more or less close, more or less noise, and more or fewer neighbors are factors that influence, and much, in what each one understands by the quality of life.
Living in Upper Town Gibraltar has numerous advantages since it is a quiet area, with surprising architecture and with all the services nearby.
You save time commuting.
If you work on Main Street or in a nearby area, such as Irish Town, living close to the city center saves you time and money on the one commute you make most often throughout the year: going to work.
More public transport networks.
In the nearby Main Street converge many of the public transport networks, the most important and those that connect the center with the rest of the city. Therefore, if you are a public transport user, you may want to live in the center.
In the same way, in the city center, you can find all the necessary services for the development of daily life; supermarkets, offices of different administrations, banks, gyms, stores, bars, restaurants, etc. And all very, very close.
More flexible schedules.
The activity in the center of a city is so dynamic that companies and businesses tend to have more flexible schedules.
Getting around the center of Gibraltar
Gibraltar is relatively easy to walk around as soon as you cross the border. From the border to the Botanical Gardens, for example, it is less than 3km which takes just over half an hour.
It should also be noted that Gibraltar’s public transport network is very efficient. The Gibraltar city bus service is composed of twelve lines and reaches every corner of this British territory, except the Upper Rock nature reserve.
Apartment for sale in Barley Hill House
CENTURY 21 GIBRALTAR is pleased to offer for sale this 2 bed 1 bath in Barley Hill House featuring a fully fitted kitchen, 2 double bedrooms, one bathroom, and a secluded 3sqm balcony which is accessed directly from the living room. The balcony has a partial sea view as well as the Town area.
Within close proximity to Main Street, this property would make an ideal starter home or alternatively a ready-to-move-in buy-to-let investment.
For more information or to arrange a viewing, please contact our sales specialist, Vishal Mulchandani, he can assist you in English and Spanish