Welcome to the Gibraltar cruise port guide. Gibraltar is a little piece of old England. 30.000 people live on 6km2 with a 1400 ft high rock on it. This is what makes up iconic Gibraltar. It represents the pillars of Hercules, the entrance to the Mediterranean sea, the key location for commerce and war and the last remaining colony in Europe. So you could imagine it is an important piece of land that is desired by many. Gibraltar is a British overseas territory. Since 1704 this tiny piece of land has been under British rule and if it is up to the British this isn’t going to change any time soon. Britain will never leave it and Spain will never forget. Nowadays is known amongst many as the best holiday destination for the Brits and other nationalities. Gibraltar might be small but there is plenty to see. The nature reserve, airport, moorish castle, light houses, casemates square and tons of locations that tell you the history of Gibraltar. There is something to see and do for everybody.
The Mediterranean steps is an adventure. If you want to see the other side of the Rock, literally, make sure to start the hard hike the locals call the Mediterranean steps. It will bring you up from Jew’s gate all the way to the top, crossing battery and the caves where the last Neanderthals lived. It simply is a great adventure with scenery that is not to be missed. It is about a 90 minute hike with an 800ft elevation. See map for the location of Jew’s Gate (start of steps)
Mediterranean steps, Gibraltar
The Bay of Gibraltar is an incredibly busy body of water. Tons of ships lay at anchor to bunker their new oil. From the rock you are going to have brilliant views over the bay with all its ships at anchor.
The most famous cemetry of Gibraltar. The tombstones in the cemetry commemorate the dead of 3 yellow fever epidemics in the 19th century. Here you’ll also find the victims of sea battles of the Napoleontic wars. From port it is 2,5 km / 30 min. walk to the south.
Cruise ships will dock at the Gibraltar cruise terminal. From here you are it is about a 25 minute walk to the main square of Gibraltar. At the cruise terminal you will find tourist information, shuttle service, taxi stand and a souvenir shop. Read the full Gibraltar cruise port guide for all the information on this port.
Inside the Rock of Gibraltar we find 150 caves. St. Michael’s cave is one of the largest naturally formed caves. The cave has the nickname “the cathedral” because of it echoing acoustics. Therefore you’ll find nowadays it is not just a cave, there is an auditorium that can hold up to 350 people. It is also the location of many stories and legends. From port it is about 8 km / 20 min. drive to the south east.
The main street is the pedestrian street that no visitor of the town should miss. It proudly displays a arrangement of buildings that shows the multicultural history. Spanish, Victorian, British colonial and Portuguese style stand side by side together with 12 different religions. Although the most important thing to say about Main Street: it the largest shopping street in Gibraltar where you’ll find the duty free shops. From port it is 1,5 km / 20 min. walk to the east.
This is the main square of Gibraltar. On your walk to the city center this is most likely the first thing you’ll come across (see map above). This is the social heart of the city. Always has, always will be. Back in the days people would come together here on Saturday morning around 12 noon to catch up on their gossip and enjoy a nice public hanging. Nowadays same thing minus the public hanging. From port it is about 1,5 km / 20 min walk to the east
Enjoy the views at the only place in the world where you are able to see two sea’s and two continents at the same time. Europe point is the most southern tip of Gibraltar. This is where, on a clear day, you can see the European and African continent as they is only 24 km / 15 mile between them. You’ll also find the most important lighthouse of the area here. They call it the Trinity Lighthouse commissioned in 1838. From port it is 7 km / 15 min. drive to the south.
Gibraltar is not the best beach destination. Most of the beaches are on the east side of the rock and thus in the shadow in the afternoon. Therefore focus on the sightseeing will be more worth it.
The airstrip is visible from your ship and from the rock. You’ll see that one and only road connection Spain and Gibraltar will need to come to a complete stop in order for a plane to land and take off. From port it is 2,5 km / 6 min. drive to the north.
Roy’s famous fish and chips: This tiny establishment on the main square claims to have the best fish and chips of Gibraltar. Why not give it a try. From port the main square (Casemates square) is about 1,5 km / 20 min walk to the east.
A project that began in 1991 to create an area for recreation for the residents of Gibraltar. From port it is 3 km / 40 min. walk to the south.
The Upper Rock is the most recognisable rock of Europe. It is a protected park known for many things. In terms of wildlife look out for: Barbary Partridge, Wild Olive, Stone Pine, Yellow-legged Gull, Peregrine, Moorish Gecko, Gibraltar Funnelweb and Lesser Kestrel. In addition there are over 600 species of plant and over 300 species of birds. Get up the Upper Rock by foot, taxi or cable car.
The only wild monkey population of Europe is roaming free on the Rock of Gibraltar. Because they are wild you can never exactly say where they are although the top station of the cable car and the St. Michaels cave are popular spots. Be careful with them, they are most likely more than willing to pose for your pictures, but they can also be quite cheeky. No bag, plastic of sunglasses are safe when entering the apes territory.
At Europe Point you’ll also find this beautiful mosque. This building was a gift from King Fahd of Saudi Arabia. A small gift of 5 million pound. It officially opened in 1997. From port it is 7 km / 15 min. drive to the south.
This Cable Car from 1966 is also a way to get up to the Rock. It takes you 412 meters above sea level. The views from the top are impressive. Expect there can be long lines for the cable bar. From port it is 3 km / 40 min walk tot he south.