Only seven miles of property and yet known world-wide for its "rock."
Consider Gibraltar as one of those places that you are likely to visit only once in your life. Knowing that, the essential attraction, the Rock of Gibraltar, should be on your radar screen. This lovely visit allows you plenty of time in your day to shop, visit a cafe, and walk the downtown streets.
This tour includes:
• Guided tour of the Rock in comfortable transportation
• Panoramic views
• Admission for attractions listed in itinerary (except cable car)
• Independent duty-free shopping in town
• Europa Point
• St. Michael's Cave
• Ape's Den
The Rock of Gibraltar is a monolithic limestone promontory which was formed during the Jurassic period some 200 million years ago. Today, the Rock of Gibraltar forms a peninsula that juts out into the Strait of Gibraltar from the southern coast of Spain. To the north, the Rock rises vertically from sea level up to 412 meters at Rock Gun Battery. The Rock's highest point stands 1396 feet above the strait. The near-cliffs along the eastern side of the Rock drop down to a series of wind-blown sand slopes that date to the glaciations when sea levels were lower than today, and a sandy plain extended east from the base of the Rock. The western face is comparatively less steep.
Your tour will begin with a drive through the city centre and to Europa Point, your first stop. Also called Great Europa Point, it is the southernmost point of Gibraltar. On a clear day, views of North Africa can be appreciated across the Strait of Gibraltar, including Ceuta and the Rif Mountains of Morocco, as well as the Bay of Gibraltar and the Spanish towns along its shores. There are three notable buildings--the Ibrahim-al-Ibrahim Mosque, the Roman Catholic Shrine of Our Lady of Europe, and a lighthouse--that are located here at the point.
Next, you'll continue to the Nature Reserve where you'll find St. Michael's Cave, which is the name given to a network of limestone caves located in the Upper Rock Nature Reserve of Gibraltar, at a height of over 300 meters above sea level. It is the most visited of the more than 150 caves found inside the Rock of Gibraltar and will give you the best idea of how many inhabitants lived, from the time of prehistoric man.
The most popular stop is next, the Ape's Den. In a den high on the Rock live Gibraltar's most famous residents, the Barbary Apes, the only wild primates in all of Europe. Friendly, charming, and inquisitive, the apes have lived on the Rock for centuries. Legend says that when the apes leave, Gibraltar will cease to be British.
Your tour will conclude at the cruise ship pier. If you wish, though, you can be dropped off at the Cable Car Base Station and take a cable car ride up (price not included in tour). The cable car is located at Grand Parade at the southern end of the Main Street shopping area. You'll be able to take advantage of duty-free shopping available in town as you walk the length of Main Street towards the Coach Park or the cruise terminal.
• Cable car ride is not included in the price of this tour. Return transfer is also not included, but walkable (back to cruise terminal).
• Vehicle transportation will be done with a pre-reserved taxi.
• This tour requires a 12.5 Euro entry fee.
Days offered: 7 days a week