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This Gibraltar Essential bus tour consists of approximately 1hr 30mins duration which starts by picking you up from any destination in Gibraltar.
Essential Tour 1.30hrs it consists of three stops which include Europe point, St Michael’s Cave & Apes Den with the monkeys. On our drive down from the nature reserve park you will see the outside of Moorish Castle and the old town of Gibraltar.
We begin the coach tour by driving towards Europe point where we'll stop for approximately 15 to 20 minutes. This sight is located at the southernmost point at the end of the Rock of Gibraltar. Here you will see breathtaking views across the Strait of Gibraltar into North Africa and Morocco, along with the bay of Gibraltar and the Spanish towns along its shores.
The next site is St Michael’s Cave. Which sees thousands of visitors a year wandering through its huge caverns with just a few steps and easy access. This amazing, natural phenomenon created by rainwater slowly seeping through the limestone rock, turning into a weak carbonic acid which gradually dissolved the rock millions of years ago.
In 2021 St Michael's Cave introduced a new lighting upgrade for the very best experience of the caves natural beauty, called The Awakening. Enjoy St Michael's cave like never before!
An immersive light and sound installation expressing layer upon layer of history fused with the rock. The ancient cavern lays dormant. The Awakening illuminates sculptures older than time and reawakens their hidden story..
After the cave we'll visit one of the most famous tourist attractions in Gibraltar - The Apes Den to visit the monkeys! Here we'll see and share some time with our famous Monkeys. The Barbary Macaque Apes are the only ones to be found within the continent of Europe. They reside at the upper rock nature reserve of Gibraltar.
At present there are over 200 apes in 6 packs that roam throughout the upper rock. Legend has it that in 1942 the population of apes fell to just 7 and the Prime Minister of Great Britain (Sir Winston Churchill) ordered that the population of the apes be immediately replenished because as long as there are Barbary Macaques Apes on the Rock of Gibraltar it will remain under British rule.
On the drive down from the Upper rock Nature Reserve we will see the outside of the Moorish Castle, you will be able to see the history and battle scars due to cannon ball shots against the castle between the wars of the Moors and the Spanish. The Moorish Castle is a medieval fortification in Gibraltar which is made up of a number of buildings.
The Moorish Castle stands proudly on the Eastern elevation of the Rock, a proud symbol of the long and colourful history of the Rock of Gibraltar originally built in the 1160CE. It was ransacked by the Spanish between 1309 – 1333. This 'Tower of Homage' was rebuilt in the 14th century by Abu-l-Hasan. You'll be able to look closely to see the cannon dents in the castle walls.
As we exit the nature reserve park we will drive through the old town of Gibraltar.
Our tours are private and not public, on our tour prices all admission tickets are included. The price depends on a number of factors, such as the number of persons carrying out the tour, age of kids and time of year.
If you are coming to Gibraltar via a cruise liner and would like to assemble a group of 8 passengers so you can benefit from sharing costs, we would recommend that you sign up to a website called Cruise Critic. Here members travelling on the same cruise liner arrange to group up with other passengers to do shore excursions together to reduce prices. We are aware of this because many of our customers have grouped up for our excursion through Cruise Critic.