It’s a given that you can book Gibraltar shore excursions for exciting and memorable tours of the famous rock, but be sure there’s more to see and do when your ship docks at Gibraltar, the small British territory located on Spain’s sunny southern coast.
Whether you choose to see the 2.6 square mile limestone behemoth that is the Rock of Gibraltar by walking, taxi, or motor coach, guided Gibraltar shore excursions are your best bet. Not only will you see the rock, but you’ll also hear from local, professional tour specialists about its fascinating Spanish and British history and tales of celebrity sightings and events that have taken place there.
Don your most comfortable walking shoes for Gibraltar cruise excursions that begin with an aerial tram ride, described by Architectural Digest as one of the most beautiful aerial tramway rides in the world. You’ll be treated to thrilling vistas that encompass the Catalan Bay, the Strait of Gibraltar, the Mediterranean Sea, and Gibraltar itself. Once your cable car reaches the top of the Upper Rock, you’ll follow a wooded path to St. Michael’s Cave, then on to the Ape’s Den, where you’ll find yourself surrounded by free-roaming, tail-less Barbary macaques, the only wild monkey population on the European Continent. Explore the tunnels inside the northern end of the rock, including the famous Great Siege Tunnels, dug by British soldiers during The Great Siege (1779-1783) when Spain and France attempted to recapture the rock.
For an easy, carefree tour of the rock and other highlights from your cruise to Gibraltar, choose shore excursions by taxi or by motor coach that will take you along Europa Road to Europa Point, the flat southernmost point of Gibraltar. See the lighthouse, built in 1838, a Spanish-built Catholic shrine, and Gibraltar’s mosque that was a gift from King Fahd of Saudi Arabia. As you climb the rock on scenic roads, see the Cross of Sacrifice, a war memorial, a Moorish castle and fortifications built circa 1160, and Trafalgar Cemetery. When you reach the top of the Rock of Gibraltar, explore St. Michael’s Cave and take a selfie with the Barbary apes.
The British Overseas Territory of Gibraltar, famous for its towering rock, is a popular Mediterranean Cruises destination.
Located on Spain’s south coast, on the tip of the Iberian Peninsula, it was first settled by the Moors in the Middle Ages. From the top of the rock, enjoy views of the city of Gibraltar, the Strait of Gibraltar, and the Atlas Mountains of Morocco! Or explore the town’s Palladian architecture before indulging in afternoon tea on the waterfront.
Cruises excursions offer plenty of exciting things to see including:
Europa Point Lighthouse
The Upper Rock Nature Reserve
Visit La Farola on a Cruise excursion, one of Gibraltar’s leading attractions. This historical lighthouse, built in 1841, is approximately 49 metres above sea-level. Next, journey to the Upper Rock, where you’ll discover the incredible St. Michael’s Cave. This natural wonder showcases stalagmites and stalactites, and a cathedral-like chamber. Afterwards, explore the pretty winding streets of the Upper Town area where you can take in a multitude of vibrant neighbourhoods. See colourful buildings, stop at an English-style pub, or shop the stores on Main Street.
The Rock of Gibraltar, a monolithic limestone promontory, is purported to be one of the two legendary Pillars of Hercules. On this Cruise excursion, you’ll travel to spectacular Europa Point, the southernmost part of Gibraltar. At Upper Rock, enter St. Michael’s Cave, a network of limestone chambers used since prehistoric times. The Cathedral Cave is now an auditorium and offers a striking view of stalactites and stalagmites. Afterwards, travel by cable car to the very top of the rock. There, you’ll witness incredible views over the sea, all the way to the African continent!
Gibraltar is the perfect place for a family outing so this Cruise excursion is sure to delight the kids! After a photo opportunity at Europa Point, visit the remarkable Alameda Botanic Gardens to explore an abundance of plants and trees. Take the cable car to meet a population of wild Barbary Macaque monkeys at the popular Ape’s Den. Then, ascend to the top of the Rock to take in the magnificent panorama before stopping in the restaurant/bar for a drink or snack.