A British overseas territory perched on the southern tip of the Iberian Peninsula, Gibraltar is the narrow neck that separates Europe from Africa and the only place where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Mediterranean Sea. Take a panoramic ride up the majestic and formidable Rock of Gibraltar in a cable car. The Rock is composed of 1,396 feet of sheer, towering limestone.
A base of operations for the British navy today, Gibraltar provides an escape from city squalor. It's the home to over 500 species of flowering plants (olive and pine trees prominent among them). Most of the upper portion of the region encompasses a nature reserve which provides sanctuary and protection for 230 native Barbary Macaques, the only wild monkeys found in Europe. They'll occasionally visit the local towns, bringing their mischief with them and drawing the attention of curious tourists. Cetaceans, including dolphins and whales, are also common in the Bay of Gibraltar.
Places to Explore
- Great Siege Tunnels
Explore over 30 miles of tunnels that conceal everything from fancy staterooms to World War II soldier barracks. They were originally carved out to defend from invasion during the Great Siege of 1779.
- Gibraltar Museum
Learn about the local British rule in a museum built on the site of 14th-century Moorish baths. The museum shows the cultural and military history of Gibraltar, the Strait of Gibraltar and its hinterland.
- Apes Den
Discover the natural habitat of the tailless Barbary Macaques, the only wild primates in Europe. Legend has it that the British will keep the Rock only as long as the apes remain.
- Europa Point
The southernmost point of Gibraltar is a flat area occupied by a small cluster of buildings: the Ibrahim-al-Ibrahim Mosque, the Roman Catholic Shrine of Our Lady of Europe, and a lighthouse. On a clear day, it offers breathtaking views of the sea and even North Africa.
- St. Michael's Cave
St. Michael's Cave is a tourist hotspot for its gorgeous natural formations and an amazing subterranean lake. In the main section of the cave is a stage where concerts are sometimes performed.
The principal language is English, but Spanish is also widely spoken.
Although the Euro is accepted at many shops, Pound Sterling is the official currency. Major credit cards work in most shops, stores and restaurants. Payments under 10 Euros are customarily made with cash.
- How to Get Around
The port terminal is located approximately 330 feet from the ship and contains telephone booths, a coffee shop, an information desk, a taxi stand and a variety of local arts and crafts displays.
- Downtown Gibraltar is only about a half mile from the terminal and can be reached on foot in about 15 minutes.
- Shuttles are available to take Guests to the town center.