The Rock of Gibraltar
The Rock of Gibraltar
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Spend the day exploring the limestone promontory towering over the British exclave of Gibraltar. You’ll see 200-year-old tunnels, the ruins of a Moorish castle, and over 100 caves, including St. Michael’s Cave. Spot the native macaques and cross the Windsor Suspension Bridge over a 164-foot-deep gorge. From the hilltop, take in the fantastic views of the whole town, the Bay of Gibraltar, and the Mediterranean. To get up there, you can take the cable car or hike the winding Mediterranean Steps trail. Alternatively, take a guided taxi tour that includes four to six stops along the way. – Tripadvisor
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  • Flower P
    16 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Grand experience
    Worth the trip. In my top 3 things I did while in Spain. Got my passport stamped going in & out! Saw monkeys, even a baby one. No one told me that Gibraltar is full of natural and man-made caves. The natural cave was really spectacular. The views were glorious from the top of the Rock of Gibraltar. You can see where the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea meet. You can also see Africa from there. There's a little sky bridge lookout. There is also a pretty long swinging bridge that doesn't really swing much. Highly recommend going. We took a tour in a van that was a little pricey almost 300 lbs. But I would definitely say it was worth it. If you take the lift up you have to walk to all the different places and that's a lot of walking. But I might try that next time if I'm a better shape. Do your research and see all the places you want to see on the Rock of Gibraltar.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 26, 2023
  • Michael_Kelley
    London, United Kingdom84 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Perfect Day Trip
    Gibraltar feels like a remnant of a bygone era. Somewhat of a transient feeling to the streets. I wouldn’t make Gibraltar a singular destination but it makes for a great day trip if you’re passing through to Spain or another country. Great beaches, the Rock, St. Michael’s Cave, the Nature Reserve and Barbary macaques (monkeys) are worth seeing. Casemates Square offers a quaint reprieve in the town center with a few nice restaurants, cafes and bars. There is a fantastic 2 hour tour that only costs £40 and takes you everywhere, including entrance to the attractions mentioned above. Drop off and pick-up from multiple locations. We got tickets at the border crossing on the British side as you exit.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 9, 2023
  • Olivia G
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Avoid the cable cars, take a tour guide!
    Fantastic day out, views were incredible. Avoid the cable cars if don’t want to wait in the heat for 2 hours. Instead, go up the rock with a tour guide, you’ll be taken to all the different sights (pillars of Hercules, Saint Michael’s cave, sky walk and monkey feeding platform) all within the time it would have taken to wait for the cable car. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and gave us an insight to gibraltarian culture and history. 100% would recommend. The Barbary macaques are quite naughty and will take your food or give you a bite if you overwhelm them, very interesting to see though.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 31, 2023
  • RKC72
    Guernsey, United Kingdom27 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great view and nice walk
    We parked just over the border in Spain and walked through passport control. We caught the bus to the cable car station then got the cable car up the rock. Great views from the top and lots to see on the way down. St Michael’s cave was fascinating and also a welcome break from the July heat. Continued down to the town again and had a look around and a much needed drink. Intended to get the bus back to the border but it was full and didn’t stop. However some very helpful young lads pointed out that we were only a ten minute walk away now. This turned out to be a bonus as we got the unique experience of walking across the runway at an international airport. All told I think we spent about four hours in Gibraltar and got a good feel for the place but didn’t see everything. We were offered taxi tours on arrival and were told it would take three hours to walk down the rock - if you are reasonably fit the walk down shouldn’t be a problem and won’t take three hours unless you try to see every possible thing in the nature reserve, in which case it’s probably three hours well spent. The other thing we noticed was that most of the road is single width, so your taxi can’t move until the people in front have moved off, so you are moving at the pace of the slowest tourist. However different things work for different people and if you want to see more of Gibraltar and don’t want to do a lot of walking the taxi tour might be what you are looking for. If you are on holiday in Southern Spain and have the use of a car it’s well worth a day trip to see this fascinating and historic tiny piece of Britain at the southern tip of Spain.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 31, 2023
  • Molly
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Don't miss this tour!
    We didn't fancy going to see the dolphins with our original tour group so decided to go with the official rock tours instead. Our guide Lionel was bubbly, extremely informative and answered all our questions with passion and confidence. We learnt more than we thought we would and it was fantastic. Worth it and would do it again, we got to see and experience everything from the Gibraltan history and way of life. Lionel even helped us get a picture with the cheeky macaques. So much fun! Thank you for everything, hope to be back in future :)
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 9, 2023
  • Tenerifeful
    Sunderland, United Kingdom273 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    10/10 experience
    We visited The Rock of Gibraltar the day before we got married in Gibraltar. There is so much to see once you get the cable car up to the top. There is a nice restaurant where you can get lunch and there a plenty of different things to see e.g O’Hara’s Battery, St Michael’s Cave and of course the monkeys which are a joy to see. Some parts of the rock are quite a steep walk but it’s worth it to see the wonderful sights. I would definitely recommend a trip here.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 10, 2023
  • LYD055
    Cambridge, United Kingdom24 contributions
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    Wonderful sights.
    Amazing day and sights. Comfy shoes a must, as a lot of walking and steep roads, unless you take cable car up and down. Only issue is the pass has to be used in one day, which isn't enough time to visit everything included in the pass. So you either have to miss half of it or pay again another day.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 19, 2023
  • Abigail E
    14 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Pricey but lovely
    Lovely views and a great way to spend the afternoon or day exploring on the rock. The only issue I have is the price of attending is a bit steep. I understand they need to keep the cable car and attractions running etc and probably recoup post covid but it was £37 each for a cablecar and all attractions. Spectacular views from the top and some wonderful walks. Nice to see the monkeys and some of the wildlife. Sad to see some of the tourists being disrespectful to the monkeys though and invading their safe area when we went. Otherwise I would certainly recommend to anyone visiting Gibraltar.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written September 13, 2023
  • Diane M
    Marietta, Georgia102 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful View, seriously consider the walk down.
    We are a couple of 59 yr old in average condition. We didn't realize when we purchased the nature reserve tickets that we would have to walk all the way down the rock. We had thought we would be able to see some items at the top. We miscalculated the steep decline and decided our knees couldn't do it. If you're going to do the entire nature reserve you don't need round trip tickets.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 22, 2023
  • Damien S
    Adelaide, Australia6,112 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting Place
    An amazing attraction indeed. From the moment you see it, it is mesmerising. Easy day trip from Spain 🇪🇸 or flight from other areas. The area is pretty built up. The food and people being English is great for some tax free shopping. There is alot to see and do of you have a few days there.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 28, 2023
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travlingrrl
Los Angeles, CA112 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019
We had booked a tour of the Lower St. Michaels cave and had cleared the wait-list 2 nights before, but the night before we received a message via phone that the tour was cancelled due to operational reasons. Our backup plan (and original) was DIY to the cable car up the mountain to explore, and say "We have climbed the "Rock Of Gibraltor" and walk down into town to go shopping. We did a short walk through town to get to the cable car and had no idea how long the wait would be but it ended up being about 2 hours. My best advice for anyone going up (which I didn't realize till I got to the front) is you can pre-buy your tickets online and save a lot of time. There is one cable car going up and one going down that holds about 15-20 people. Once we got to the top we had a lot of fun taking pics of the Barbary apes and holding onto all our belongings with our dear lives. There were a lot babies and these monkeys are known to grab your glasses, hats , purses and anything else. After we had our fill of taking pics we headed towards the upper cave and did a quick tour of it. These are the upper caves and are about 10 pounds to get in. After we headed down the hill we went past the Moorish castle and back into town. I think if I was to do it ever again I would either do the taxi/local tour that drives you to the top and to each stop or if I was going to do the cable car pre buy my tickets so I wouldn't feel so rushed. All in all we had a great day and lots of laughs and screams.
Written August 12, 2020
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Steven G A D M
Cardiff, UK11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Couples
A main trip to do in Costa Del Sol - first of all, remember your passport! Our hotel didn’t tell us but luckily our coach driver checked. if you are staying in the Costa Del Sol, this tour should be top of your list. The minibus tour is typically 2 hours with a stop at all the main view points of the rock. Masses of history and facts are provided by the drivers. The drivers are very well skilled drivers and speak multiple languages at steady pace. If you don’t like narrow roads and heights then you may want to consider staying in the town but you won’t be able to experience the real magic of Gibraltar, which is top of the rock and the driving tour. When you get to the top of the rock you will see breathtaking views of Gibraltar that make superb photos. Not to mention multiple monkeys who are friendly, if you are worried about the monkeys - they are not interested. The monkeys will play about and avoid humans pointing cameras about. They are very playful amongst themselves but you shouldn’t feed or touch them. You can get close and take photos but they will most likely turn away, security are watching the monkeys and visitors so no need to worry. Our tour included St Michael’s cave which was an added beauty in our experience, if you don’t mind lots of steps then you should enter St Michaels cave if possible. There are masses of limestone formations and intricate lighting inside the cave. Enjoy your visit and definitely take the bus tour of the rock!
Written March 15, 2020
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Ian B
18 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
I have gone up the rock by cable car, walked & cab. By far the best way is the cab tour. You get to see all 3 levels & interact with the barberry apes. The cable car is fun but can be crowded & I feel a little expensive for what you get. Walking up is tough & wouldn’t recommend it in the heat of summer. On the way up you can stop at caves in the cab. The tour of the caves is interesting & informative. On a hot day a great way to cool off a little. When visiting the apes make sure you hang onto your belongings they can be a little naughty.
Written January 18, 2020
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Desislava
2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021 • Family
Absolutely disappointed. A very expensive price that did not match the experience. We went up as a family to enjoy the so called “remarkable” view and experience of gilbraltar however were met with extreme hostility from the monkeys up there. We were warned not to feed the animals and therefore followed the rules; however that did not stop the continued attacks by the monkeys. I myself leaving with a large monkey bite on my arm that has bruised and will stay for quite some time. I am not the only person with a story, cause whilst we were up there everyone we encountered had some sort of story of their own attack they had just experienced.

The first aid they offered up the cliff face is one of the waitresses from the restaurant. Who when we asked if it happens often, she had said that this was a continuous thing that happens all day long; with kids and people of different ages coming in with various injuries.

I am deeply saddened as this was a VERY expensive activity and no where were we warned about such hostility from the monkeys. I am writing this to just allow people the chance to become aware, as I was not prepared to receive such a vicious attack whilst my back was turned.
Written October 3, 2021
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puddey
Glasgow, UK1,581 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Couples
First of all if you have ArmedForces/ Military ID entrance to the Nature Reserve is FREE. You will still have to pay for the cable car and get your Nature Reserve ticket separately at the ticket booth ( not the gift shop) at the top.
The cafe and the restaurant where both open, they serve a light breakfast in the cafe until 12 and if you book a table in advance for the restaurant there is a discount given for the cable car.
We visited sky walk, the fabulous St Michaels Cave and the Suspension Bridge , the signage for the bridge is very poor and is easily missed. It was very warm and the walk back up to get the cable car is not the easiest. There is also a cafe and toilets at the Cave.
Written June 13, 2022
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Stuart
Wrexham, UK10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
Visited Gibraltar on a day trip whilst holidaying in Benalmadena. Really enjoyed visiting the town with its wide variety of shops and friendly atmosphere. Strange seeing British bobbies on the beat and red telephone and post boxes.
Took a minibus trip to the top of the rock to see the Barbary apes and visit the stunning natural cave used as an auditorium for concerts. Views are stunning from the top and on a clear day you can see the Moroccan coastline.
Prices generally comparable to U.K.
Written March 23, 2020
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Matthew Lockwood
Manchester, UK5 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Family
I’ve visited the top of the rock every year for about 10 years and previously enjoyed it. I haven’t been for 2 years due to COVID and when I returned this year I found that you now have to pay to walk up or down the rock which was always a good option if you wanted to save money. If you pay £70 for a family to go on the cable car they have reduced the area that you can walk around on the top. They have put another ticket booth for the nature reserve 30m down the path where they demand more money to walk where you could previously walk freely. You also can’t get to St Michael’s cabin to have a meal. I suspect St Michael’s cabin will be losing a lot of business from this and I probably won’t be going back. There were no more than 10 monkeys at the top probably as they were not being fed there but being fed further down in the nature reserve to tempt the customers to pay again and go to the nature reserve.
Written August 8, 2021
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andycap1
London, UK156 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Friends
A fun visit to watch the monkeys have some fun, you also get an amazing view from the top. Don’t bother with a excursion, just turn up at the cable car and purchase your ticket, much cheaper ! Be aware of the monkey, make sure if you take a rick sack or any other bag it’s in front of you. If it’s on your back you can be sure a monkey will find it. Whilst up there it happened to some poor young lady, the monkey jumped on her and sat on her shoulders and would not get off until it had unzipped the pockets , her husband had to knock the monkey off her with another bag . There is a cafe at the top and you can get a bite to eat or a drink and watch the monkeys indoors. A fun few hours
Written August 11, 2020
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Viv50
Whitley Bay161 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
As we had 7hrs in Gibraltar on this cruise we decided this time instead of just shopping we would go up to the top by the cablecar.
Big Mistake - the waiting area for the cablecar itself was old and dirty and they herded us into the cablecar to the point of where you couldn't move (really have they forgotten covid still exists).
Once again the exit at the top was dirty and the stairwells out of the building were covered in what I can only assume was monkey poo. Yes I know they can't stop the monkeys pooing in the open-ended stairwells but they could at least clean it up on a regular basis, looked like it had been there for days and trodden into the stairs.
We saw 5 monkeys in total, but our reason to go was for the views which are spectacular, however the old structures which I presume are from the war are crumbling to bits and not maintained.
The only saving grace is that the small Botanical Gardens are a few metres from the bottom cablecar station.
If you want to go to the top of the Rock I suggest you take one of the minibus tours that are been touted in the Main Street, not only are they cheaper, they look cleaner and more comfortable.
Written July 25, 2022
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belbest
london681 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022
We were going to take the cable car up to the top and buy the ticket including the admissions which would cost 30 pounds. We went to the Tourists office for information and got a map and then in the square we were asked by a guided tour and taxi called ‘official Rock Tour’ if we would like to visit. The Mercedes’ van seats 6 and we were only 2. However, we decided to go to the top see what we could as it was now 4pm and were not disappointed.Adrian Caetano is born and raised in Gibralter. He is an official licensed guide and know the history oif ‘the Rock’He is also a real comedian and highly amusing.. We saw all the family of monkeys which were very amusing. The sky walk, a small portion of the st.michaels cave, a glimpse of the tunnels due to the time. We thoroughly enjoyed our guided tour and well worth while.
Written January 14, 2022
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