The Intermediate Shore Excursion consists of eight stops and lasts approximately 3.5hrs. This is the perfect tour for our Cruise Liner visitors who wish to spend either a full morning or afternoon visiting the most popular tourist sites in Gibraltar.
First of all we will visit the Pillars of Hercules. There at the Pillars you will enjoy the views of North Africa Morocco. You will see where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Mediterranean Sea, this being the only entrance to the Mediterranean. You will be above Europe Point, the end point of Europe.
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...
Next we will go to the top of the Rock, and there we will do 2 things: The glass viewing platform called The Skywalk, and visit the monkeys.
The Skywalk is a former military lookout transformed into a state of the art glass platform and walkway giving spectacular views across the Mediterranean. An unbroken 360º panoramic viewpoint . Enter the 360º environment and get a feel for the freedom and exhilaration you will experience at The Skywalk.
From the Skywalk, several minutes walk and we will spend some time with our famous Monkeys at Upper Apes Den (The same height level as the cable) 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 monkeys in 6 packs that roam through 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.
From the top of the rock we will drive to the north side of the Rock to visit the Great Siege Tunnels, something not to be missed. This site explains a lot of the history of Gibraltar under siege. The tunnels were carved out of the rock by hand during the Great Siege which took place between 1779-1783. This was done in order to defend Gibraltar against the Spanish and French forces who were trying to recapture Gibraltar from the British.
As we drive down the upper rock nature reserve we will visit The Moorish Castle - 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 then it was ransacked by the Spanish between 1309 – 1333.
This 'Tower of Homage' was rebuilt in the 14th century by Abu-l-Hasan and today you can visit the inside of the recently restored castle, wonder at those 14th century walls and marvel at the feats of Gibraltar's first city builders, the Moors. If you look closely you can still see the cannon dents in the castle walls.
After visiting the Moorish Castle, we will exit the Upper rock Nature Reserve and drive through the old town of Gibraltar towards the 100 Ton Gun.
The late 1800′s saw four of these giants built by the naval authorities of Britain, with a view toward securing their holdings, two were built for Gibraltar, while another two were built for Malta.
Once we have finished the 100 Ton Gun we will drive to Europa Point. This site is located at the southernmost point at the end of the Rock of Gibraltar on this location you will see breathtaking views across the Strait of Gibraltar into North Africa Morocco along with the bay of Gibraltar and the Spanish towns along its shores.
We will drive 360 degrees around Gibraltar coast lines east /west stopping at viewpoints along the way, seeing areas as Catalan Bay, some Jurassic sand dunes and the old water catchments.
In this tour we will drive across the airport runway towards the Spanish border just metres away from Spain you will even see Spanish Customs at work.
Finalising the Tour wherever you wish in Gibraltar, if interested in visiting the rest of the town and Main Street, we can supply you with a map and a guideline of what to visit in the pedestrianised areas of town and the best way to get back to your destination.
Our tours are private and not public and includes the cost of admission tickets. Price depends on a number of factors, such as the number of persons carrying out the tour, age of kids and the 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.