The Mediterranean Challenge Cup Gibraltar 31st March - 6th April 2014

The Gibraltar Bowing Association is very pleased to invite all Mediterranean Bowling Federations to participate in the 17th Mediterranean Challenge Cup, which will be held in Gibraltar from 31st March to 6th April.

Gibraltar is a British overseas territory located on the southern end of the Iberian Peninsula at the entrance of the Mediterranean, overlooking the Strait of Gibraltar. The territory itself is a peninsula of 6.843 square kilometres (2.642 sq mi) whose isthmus connects to the north with Spain. The Rock of Gibraltar is the major landmark of the area and gives its name to the densely populated town, home to almost 30,000 Gibraltarians. 

Gibraltar became an important base for the British Royal Navy, which drove the local economy and provided employment for a large portion of the local population. Its strategic value increased with the opening of the Suez Canal as it controlled the sea route between the UK and the British Empire east of Suez. During World War II, Gibraltar's civilian population was evacuated and The Rock was strengthened as a fortress. 

Nowadays, the economy is largely based on tourism, financial services and shipping and the Rock as it is affectionately known throughout the British Commonwealth is most famous for its geology and the Barbary Apes that roam the upper echelons of the Rock itself

As an overseas territory of the UK, the head of state is Queen Elizabeth II, who is represented by the Governor of Gibraltar. The UK retains responsibility for defence, foreign relations, internal security and financial stability.

Gibraltarians are very immensely proud of their position at the entrance to the Mediterranean and take their responsibilities as hosts to any team very seriously. The Gibraltar Bowling Association and their President Graham Coles have stressed that they will do everything to ensure the success of this Mediterranean Challenge Cup.

Travel to Gibraltar

Travel to Gibraltar is straightforward and can be achieved by road, air, sea or a combination of all three.

By Air

There are direct flights to Gibraltar from the United Kingdom.

There are direct flights to Malaga from most European Countries and teams will be transferred by bus to Gibraltar; a journey of approximately 75 minutes.

By Sea

Ferries cross daily from North Africa to Tarrifa in Spain from where incoming teams face a 30 min drive in their own transport or can be transferred by bus to Gibraltar.

By Road

Gibraltar is at the end of a very sophisticated European Road Network. Teams from the Northern Mediterranean may find it more cost effective to drive to Gibraltar.