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About Gibraltar

Britons love cruising to 'home from home' Mediterranean cruise port Gibraltar - and not just because it has some excellent pubs and tax free shops (good buys include glassware, china, leather goods, alcohol, perfume, silk and cashmere garments).

Gibraltar also offers wonderful views of the Bay of Gibraltar and the Moroccan mountains from the Rock Restaurant, served by cable car from the Grand Parade.

Birdwatchers can spot more than 230 species and there are clearly marked nature trails you can follow to discover the country's flora and fauna.

The most famous 'fauna' of course, are Gibraltar's Barbary apes - get off the cable car at the halfway station to see these, then proceed to the top and hire an audio tape charting the Rock's fascinating history.

Alternatively spend a day at the beach - Catalan Bay is the prettiest, with its colourful fishing boats and excellent seafood restaurants.

 

Shore excursions in Gibraltar

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

A Trek up the Rock

Activity high

Duration: 3½ hours

Embark on an exhilarating trek up to the Rock of Gibraltar's summit.

Leaving the pier, you’ll take a short drive to the Mediterranean Steps where you’ll meet your specialist guide who will guide you along the snaking inclines of the Upper Rock Nature Reserve. These steps were originally built as part of a military communication system, which would run between defense points. During your climb your guide will point of significant World War II bunkers, gun batteries and prehistoric caves. Have your camera handy as you may encounter playful Barbary apes along the way.

Eventually, you’ll reach the 1398-foot summit; from here you’ll have a superb view point over the Straits of Gibraltar.

After you’ve taken your photos, you’ll descend the steps to the cable car station for a leisurely cable car ride to the base station where you’ll receive a “certificate of completion,” as a special memento to take home and show off your amazing achievement.

Then, you’ll re-join your minibus for relaxing ride back to the ship.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by minibus and on foot. Wildlife sighting is not guaranteed. Participants should have a good level of fitness as the tour is strenuous and mostly an upward climb. Closed toe shoes must be worn. Before you book this excursion you must refer to the ‘Activity Excursion’ and ‘Beach / Water Related’ paragraphs under the Guide to Symbols in this brochure.

Alameda Gardens and Cable Car

Activity high

Duration: 2 hours

Stroll around the beautiful Alameda Gardens before capturing some fantastic views of the Rock on an exciting cable car ride.

Delight in the wonderful collection of plants at Alameda Gardens. The Gardens are an important conservation project and house a collection of plants from around the world as well as displays of local flora. Join your guide who will point out the various plants, sights and wildlife whilst guiding you through its fascinating history.

Gibraltar’s cable car is the island’s only purpose-built tourist attraction. Enjoy a ride up to the very top of the Rock and marvel at the breath-taking views. At the cable car’s top station take advantage of the restaurant and bar. You are free to wander independently around the many terraces and enjoy the splendid views of the city of Gibraltar to the west, the coastline of Africa to the south, the Spanish mainland to the north and the blue waters of the Mediterranean to the east.

After your tour a shuttle service will take you straight back to the ship or you may prefer to be dropped off in the Irish Town pedestrian area to explore the many shops. Alternatively, relax in a pub or café, before making your own way back to the ship.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by mini-bus, cable car and on foot. Ground at the Gardens is generally paved with steps and some steep gradients. Please expect queues at the cable car. There are around 35 steps to negotiate to reach the view point from the cable car drop off point. Passengers are reminded that Gibraltar’s apes may be encountered on this excursion and should not be touched or fed as they may bite. If you choose not to take advantage of the local shops a shuttle service will take you back to the ship.

An Andalusian Evening

Activity lowRefreshments included

Duration: 2¼ hours

Spend a delightful evening across the border in Spain to enjoy tapas, music and flamenco Andalusian style.

Setting off from the port, you’ll take a short minibus drive to the Spanish border. Once across, you'll step aboard a coach and head towards the town of Castellar de la Frontera. Standing on a rocky promontory, the town is surrounded by the walls of a well preserved Moorish fortress and has been declared an historical monument.

Upon arrival, you’ll make your way to the Hotel Castellar where you’ll take your seats to enjoy a typical Andalusian performance. Sit back and enjoy the sounds of the guitar complemented by a traditional flamenco dancer. Your evening includes a delicious selection of tapas such as Serrano ham, Spanish omelette, gazpacho and other tasty offerings, accompanied by a glass of Sangria, a beer or a soft drink.

As your evening draws to an end, you’ll rejoin your coach for the drive back to Gibraltar.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by minibus and by coach. This tour is not suitable for children. The dress code is smart casual. It is advisable to take a light jacket and wear flat, comfortable shoes. Passengers must carry their passports to cross the border. This tour involves limited walking, however passengers will be required to walk 100 metres across the border on the outward journey. Passengers must be able to negotiate steps on to and off the minibus and coach.

City and Kings Bastian

Activity high

Duration: 2½ hours

Soak up the history, culture and beauty of Gibraltar on a combination mini-coach/walking tour featuring some of the city’s most iconic spots.

Enjoy a leisurely tour to some of Gibraltar’s must-see sights during this excursion that begins aboard a mini-coach and ends with a walking tour of the 18th-century fortress known as King’s Bastion.

First, you’ll follow the fortress walls passing by Camp Bay. Here, you’ll have perfect views of Parson’s Lodge, a fortification built by the British in 1842.

From here, you’ll journey to Europa Point to take a photo of the beautiful lighthouse that dominates the landscape. Sharing the grounds is the Shrine of Our Lady of Europe and Ibrahim-al-Ibrahim Mosque, Europe’s most southerly mosque.

Then, it’s on to the King’s Bastion and a 30-minute walking tour past the old guns, uniforms and other exhibits from the era.

Finally, you’ll have the option of returning to the ship, or shopping in the City Centre.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by minibus and on foot. Should you wish to remain in town you will be responsible in making your own way back to the ship. Be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes and bring a camera to document the arresting sights you’ll encounter during your tour.

City Walk and Pub Crawl

Activity highRefreshments included

Duration: 2¾ hours

Indulge in a cheeky drink or two as you walk between Gibraltar’s best bars.

Join a local guide ‘down the local’, on a walking tour taking in some of Gibraltar’s favourite bars. Your guide will also share a little of Gibraltar’s history along the way. After a short transfer by minibus, you’ll arrive at your first Pub at the south end of town, the Angry Friar. It sits opposite to the Governor’s Residence and has a lovely terrace, where you can sit and enjoy your first drink.

Continue on a walk of the City Walls, where your guide will touch on a little of Gibraltar’s history. You will learn about the development of its people and its culture before arriving at Royal Calpe, located away from the hustle and bustle of Main Street it provides a slightly more relaxed feel.

From here, you’ll walk into the heart of town to the Venture Inn, another traditional Irish Pub and a great place to feel the buzz of Gibraltar’s busy Main Street. Continue to All’s well bar situated within Casemates Square and is built into the old army barracks. The old army barracks are now home to a number of bars and restaurants, and this bar is the centre of all entertainment.

Our final stop will be at Bruno’s. Bruno’s is much more than just a bar or a restaurant; it’s a destination for celebration and enjoyment. Set in contemporary and comfortable surroundings overlooking Marina Bay. Enjoy a last drink, before taking a short minibus ride back to the ship.

Essential information

This excursion operates on foot and by minibus. A snack or ‘tapa’ and a half pint of either lager or bitter are included at each pub. Non alcoholic drinks available on request. There is approximately 2 hours walking on this tour, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. You must be over 18 years old to paricipate on this tour.

 

A selection of cruises to Gibraltar

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