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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.

City and Kings Bastion

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.

Cork and Cattle

Activity mediumRefreshments included

Duration: 3½ hours

Travel across the border to Spain and visit a traditional cork and cattle farm before sampling some local tapas.

Leaving the pier you’ll take a 20 minute scenic drive around the Bay of Gibraltar to the edge of a natural Cork Forest. En route you’ll have a brief photo stop allowing you dramatic views of the “Rock” framed by the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean.

Tucked away in the forest, you‘ll visit a typical Andalucian Farmhouse dating from 1797 with a patio and traditional old barns. This building is part of a family-run cork and cattle farm.

Your guide will show you how the cork bark is harvested from the oak trees, a centuries-old method to create the perfect cork bottle-stopper. Andalucia produces half of the world´s cork and this area boasts a special high quality cork sold to the international wine trade market.

Whilst you are at the farm, you’ll have the opportunity to view the deep red local Retinto breed of cattle, one of Spain's purest breeds, and sample some local tapas.

Essential information

This excursion operates by mini-coach and on foot. There is approximately 45 minutes of walking over various surfaces with a few steps. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Please carry your passport as this will need to be presented at the border.

Dolphin Watch

Activity lowFamily

Duration: 2 hours

Ever been dolphin watching? This is your opportunity to seek out these fascinating creatures – an experience not to be missed.

Dolphin watching not only gives you the opportunity to get out into the fresh air on a boat trip in the Bay, but the thrill of seeing dolphins swimming playfully alongside the boat and leaping in the waves is unforgettable.

Your experienced captain and crew will point out the different species of dolphin found in these waters – the Common Dolphin, Striped Dolphin and Bottle-nosed. These mammals breed in the sheltered waters, which are rich in food, and young dolphins can often be seen – always a great attraction.

Sailing back towards the Rock, your captain will point out key landmarks and give you some interesting snippets about Gibraltar.

Afterwards, a coach will be waiting to take you back to the ship. Time permitting, you may opt to walk into town (500 metres away). In this case you will be responsible for making your own way back to the ship.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by mini-coach and boat. Passengers are advised that whilst every effort will be made to find the dolphins, these animals are in their natural habitat and sightings cannot be guaranteed. Passengers are advised to take a camera, binoculars and sun protection. This tour is weather dependent. The time spent on the boat is approximately 1 hour.

 

A selection of cruises to Gibraltar

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