Cruise Port Atlas | Gibraltar, United Kingdom (UK) Day Trips | Attractions

Gibraltar, United Kingdom (UK) Day Trips | Attractions

With limited time in port, planning is the best way to make the most of your time. Should you strike out on your own? Should you hire a local guide? Or should you book a shore excursion offered by the cruise line or an international tour company? Below we have listed the attractions and activities that many other cruisers have enjoyed. This information should help you plan.

The advantage to cruise line tours is that they are timed for your visit and give you flexibility to change your mind after your trip begins. The advantage of using a large international firm is that tours are often less expensive than cruise sponsored tours. The advantage to using a local tour company or guide is that prices can be significantly lower or you may be able to get a customized trip just to see the attractions that interest you most.

Cruise lines that visit Gibraltar: Star Clippers, Voyages of Discovery, Azamara Club Cruises, Crystal, Oceania, Paul Gauguin, Regent Seven Seas, Seabourn, SeaDream Yacht Club, Silversea, Celebrity, Cunard, Holland America, Princess, Costa, Disney Cruise Line, MSC Cruises, Royal Caribbean, Viking River Cruises

Key Attractions: Rock of Gibraltar, St. Michaels Caves, Moorish Castle, Siege Tunnels, Barbary Macaques, Botanical Garden, Point Europa, Church of our Lady Europa, Ibrahim al-Ibrahim Mosque, Main Street, Casement Square, Dolphin and Whale Tours

Rock of Gibraltar and Natural Attractions

Port to Cable Car - 2.8 KM, 7 minutes
Port to Botanical Garden - 3.3 KM, 8 minutes
Link to Full-Page Google Map

The Rock is the territory's most popular attraction and offers impressive views, which on a clear day can include a glimpse of Africa across the straits. A vigorous walk on the recently renovated Mediterranean Steps can get you there, but for many a ride in the famous cable car is the most scenic option. Europe's only free living primates the Barbary Macaques live on the slopes of the Rock. They seem tame and friendly but are known to turn on visitors when they feel threatened. On the slopes of the rock are Moorish Castle from the 15th century, the Siege Tunnels that were built by the British to defend against French and Spanish attack in the late 18th century, and St. Michael's Caves which form a large network of caves that are open to the public. Gibraltar also has a Botanical Garden on the slope of the rock.

              

   

Photo of Gibraltar Cable Car by James Cridland, photo of Macaque by Karyn Sig

Cultural Attractions

Port to Point Europa / Ibrahim al-Ibrahim Mosque - 6.7 KM, 11 minutes
Port to Church of Our Lady Europa - 5.5 KM, 11 minutes
Port to Main Street - 2 KM, 6 minutes
Port to Gibraltar Museum - 3.2 KM, 8 minutes
Link to Full-Page Google Map

The second most popular viewing point in the territory is Europa Point at the southern end of the peninsula with its modern lighthouse. The area also boasts the Church of Our Lady Europa, a converted Mosque that once served as a lighthouse. The Ibrahim al-Ibrahim Mosque was completed in 1997 as a gift from the Saudi king to the people of Gibraltar. Gibraltar is mostly self-governing so there are many government buildings within the central city including the Governor's mansion, a former Convent, and the Parliament. The city's diverse culture is represented by several historic houses of worship from many faiths. The most famous of these are the St. Andrews Church (Church of Scotland) and the Cathedral of St. Mary the Crowned (Roman Catholic) from the 16th century. The Gibraltar Museum offers exhibitions focused on local history.

           

   

Photo of Europa Point Lighthouse by Allie Caulfields

Sea Attractions in Gibraltar

Port to Dolphin Tour Companies - 1.6 KM, 5 minutes
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Naturally, the sea is one of Gibraltar's great attractions and dolphin-watching boat trips are the second most popular tour for visitors and sail several times a day. Bottlenosed and striped dolphins are abundant in the area. Seasonal whale-watching tours are also available and some offer your money back if you don't see whales. Snorkeling and diving are also offered from the docks of port. Gibraltar also has several popular beach areas with excellent facilities.

        

   

Photo of Dolphin near Gibraltar by Dolphin Safari

Interests Key:

Art Architecture Beach Children Wild Animals Local Cuisine Flora Gardens-Parks Geology

Diving UNESCO Views Wine Dance Music Shopping History Hiking

Walking & Wheelchair Accessibility:

No Walking Easy Walking Normal Walking Difficult Walking Accessible Limited Not Accessible