Welcome to the fourth edition of Essential Gibraltar magazine which covers September & October with extensive distribution in Gibraltar & Sotogrande each month. This issue has a partial focus on The Caribbean, one of the loveliest places on the planet, with picture-postcard white sandy beaches and translucent waters.

Come with us on a heady visit to the islands with luxurious stop-overs at some of region’s top resorts, check out the evocative rhythm of the Islands and see why The Caribbean has been such a rich source of inspiration for the film industry, with its magnificent scenery and colourful characters, from Captain Blood to James Bond and Jack Sparrow. Savour also, our profile on Barbados-born Rihanna, the vibrant designs from Caribbean Fashion week and a special travel feature on The Dominican Republic.

On the local front, we talk with revered artist Christian Hook, and Minister of Culture, Steven Linares, about multi-culturalism, sport, EUFA, and preview some of the many cultural events coming to Gibraltar this autumn. We also hop aboard a yacht for a spot of professional training courtesy of All Abroad Sailing and, back on dry land, we experience Ocean Village during the day and at night.

Renowned interior design guru Patricia Darch has just recently inaugurated her plush new showroom at Blue Sotogrande Marina, so what better time to discuss decor style with her and Gill Welland, who manages the Ocean Village operation?

Finally, don’t miss our reports on two of Gibraltar’s finest dining establishments: Award-winning Nuno’s at the Caleta Hotel and the Mons Calpe Suite which surveys all from its panoramic position atop The Rock.