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Gibraltar: Dolphin Watching Tour

Gibraltar: Dolphin Watching Tour

Naturally playful and inquisitive, dolphins are some of the most delightful creatures in the world, and nothing quite compares to seeing them in the wild. Gibraltar is home to no fewer than 3 species of dolphin. They come to feed off the abundant supply of sardines, mackerel and flying fish that swim in the waters of Gibraltar’s bay. On this excursion you will be in an uncrowded and friendly environment, on board the catamaran “Dolphin Adventurer.” You will get live commentary and the service of expert guides who will explain everything that you see. Each tour takes in breathtaking views of both the African and European coastline, as well as the legendary Pillars of Hercules. But it is the dolphins that are the main event and they are sighted on 99 per cent of the tours. Often you will witness pods of between 40 and 500 dolphins. Watch common, striped and bottlenose dolphins swim to the boat and play. They sometimes put on a spectacular display of leaps and splashes right at your feet. It truly is a magical experience. Tours depart four times each afternoon from Marina Bay, where you can relax and soak up the Mediterranean atmosphere both before and after your trip.

From Seville: Day Trip to Gibraltar

From Seville: Day Trip to Gibraltar

Embark on an unforgettable journey that combines history and multiculturalism with duty-free shopping, impressive caves, and the famous monkeys of Gibraltar. Depart Seville and journey to the frontier to cross the border of the British Overseas Territory of Gibraltar and visit Punta de Europa, mainland Europe's southernmost spot. Look across the Strait of Gibraltar to where the vast continent of Africa begins. Take some souvenir photos of the coastlines of Spain and Morocco from the Rock of Gibraltar. Then, visit the amazing limestone caves of San Miguel and admire the numerous stalactite and stalagmite formations. Next, meet the Barbary monkeys of Gibraltar, a unique breed from Europe that, according to legend, are a sign the British will not leave as long as the monkeys are still there. Enjoy some free time for lunch and do some duty-free shopping on Main Street, known worldwide for its low-priced jewelry, watches, electronic items, spirits, cosmetics, and perfumes. There are also plenty of bars and cafés, offering a wide selection of delicious options for visitors.

Gibraltar: Upper Rock Nature Reserve Entry Ticket

Gibraltar: Upper Rock Nature Reserve Entry Ticket

Spend a full day exploring everything that the Gibraltar Nature Reserve has to offer, including hiking trails, viewpoints, and historical exhibitions. With a list of 17 attractions to choose from, there's plenty to keep you entertained for the day. Start at the Jews' Gate and pass the Pillars of Hercules before climbing the Mediterranean Steps to the southern end of the reserve. Keep going towards O'Hara's Battery at 419 meters above sea level, the highest point of the Rock. Visit the Apes Den, one of Gibraltar's most iconic attractions, and see the Barbary macaque that call the park home. These apes are native to North Africa and are a main feature of the Upper Rock Nature Reserve For the more adventurous at heart, the Windsor Suspension Bridge is also a great option. The bridge spans 70 meters and hangs over a deep ravine. Those brave enough to cross it will be rewarded with wonderful views. If history is more your thing, make sure to check out the various historical sites and exhibitions in the reserve, including the World War II Tunnels, the City Under Siege Exhibition, and the Moorish and Spanish Fortifications. You can also use your entry ticket to visit the 100-Ton Gun located outside of the park.

Costa del Sol: Gibraltar Day Trip with Optional Rock Tour

Costa del Sol: Gibraltar Day Trip with Optional Rock Tour

See the best of Gibraltar on a full-day tour departing from Málaga, and visit the main highlights of the Gibraltar Nature Reserve by bus. Learn about local customs and history from your expert guide as you make your way to your first stop: The viewpoint of the Pillars of Hercules. Marvel at the magnificent panoramic views of the entire Strait of Gibraltar, with uninterrupted views of the African continent. Then, make your way to Saint Michael's Cave, an incredible network of natural limestone caves in the heart of Gibraltar with mighty stalactites and stalagmites. Continue on to the Rock to see the famous Gibraltar monkeys, which are the only apes living in the wild on the entire European continent. Finally, enjoy some free time to have lunch, go for a walk or do some shopping, before you sit back and relax on your drive back to Málaga.

From Seville: Full-Day Trip to Gibraltar

From Seville: Full-Day Trip to Gibraltar

Depart from Seville in the morning and travel to the border of Spain and Gibraltar to arrive before noon. Then, visit the main tourist attractions of the city center with a local guide. Head to the nature reserve to see the legendary Pillars of Hercules at the entrance to the Strait of Gibraltar.  Continue to St. Michael's Cave in the Upper Rock Nature Reserve and marvel at the stalactites and stalagmites of the rock formations. Encounter the famous barbary apes that play on the rock.  Return to the city center to spend some time on Main Street, renowned for its range of shops and second-hand markets. Shop for souvenirs and find bargains in the stores during your free time, before the return journey to Seville.

Gibraltar: Cable Car & Nature Reserve Ticket with Transfers

Gibraltar: Cable Car & Nature Reserve Ticket with Transfers

Spend a full day exploring everything the Gibraltar Nature Reserve has to offer, including hiking trails, viewpoints, and historical exhibitions with this combo ticket. With a list of 17 attractions to choose from, there's plenty to keep you entertained for the day. This ticket includes transportation by bus from the frontier to the cable car and return cable car transportation, so you don't have to worry about figuring out public transportation. Start your self-guided tour at the cable car and head to the top of The Rock at 419 meters above sea level, the highest point of the Rock. Then, make your way down to Sky Walk, St Michaels Cave, and onto all other attractions, such as the Apes Den, one of Gibraltar's most iconic attractions, where you can see the Barbary macaques that call the park home. These apes are native to North Africa and are a main feature of the Upper Rock Nature Reserve. For the more adventurous at heart, visit the Windsor Suspension Bridge. The bridge spans 70 meters and hangs over a deep ravine. Those brave enough to cross it will be rewarded with wonderful views. If history is more your thing, check out the various historical sites and exhibitions in the reserve, including the World War II Tunnels, the City Under Siege Exhibition, and the Moorish and Spanish Fortifications. You can also use your entry ticket to visit the 100-Ton Gun located outside of the park.

Gibraltar: Private Highlights Tour with Entry Tickets

Gibraltar: Private Highlights Tour with Entry Tickets

One of the attractions of this tour is 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. 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. 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 apes 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. 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.

From Jerez: Gibraltar Full Day Tour

From Jerez: Gibraltar Full Day Tour

Explore Gibraltar with a local guide to experience the incredible sights, sounds, and culture of the area on a day trip from Jerez. Say hello to the cheeky barbary apes when you visit the Rock of Gibraltar, and enjoy views across the sea to Africa. Join a morning excursion from Jerez to the Spanish border, enjoying the fabulous view of the Rock of Gibraltar as you approach. Explore the main attractions of Gibraltar with a local guide, visiting the nature reserve to see the Pillars of Hercules, St. Michael's Cave, and of course the famous barbary apes. Descend from the rock to stroll along the main street, shopping for souvenirs and bargains before returning to Jerez.

Gibraltar Day Trip from Seville

Gibraltar Day Trip from Seville

You will begin the day with a hotel pick-up and a drive to Gibraltar, stopping for a traditional local breakfast on the way. Once back in your private vehicle, enjoy views of the countryside and natural parks until you reach the city. Upon arrival at Gibraltar, you will leave the car behind and, after crossing the border, you'll hop in a taxi with your guide to the city's main square. Here, you will see principal sites such as the natural park, the Pillars of Hercules, St. Michael's Cave, the Great Siege Tunnels and the well-known apes found all around the Rock of Gibraltar. The taxi will then drop you off in the city center, where the guide will show you the best spots for eating and shopping. Buy some souvenirs and try some local dishes before heading towards Línea de la Concepción to spend some free time having a chat or learning local songs. The tour will finish with a hotel drop-off in Seville.

Gibraltar Sightseeing - Classic Rock Tour

Gibraltar Sightseeing - Classic Rock Tour

The Rock of Gibraltar looks compact on a map but the steep slopes mean it can be tough physically and time-consuming to get around. Hit the highlights in under two hours with your own Private Tour and in the company of a Fully Certified Local Driver/Guide. Nestled at the crossroads of Europe and Africa, our homeland boasts a rich tapestry of history, culture, and natural wonders. We'll pick you up from our meeting point, drive through the Old Town and head to the Nature Reserve, we will be visiting the following The Pillars of Hercules St. Michael's Cave Skywalk and Macaque Feeding Station Great Siege Tunnels

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What people are saying about Pillars of Hercules

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4.3
(290 reviews)

The tourist bus is comfortable that makes the 6-hour travel easier. We are taken to all major tourist attractions, just the time at each stops was too short indeed, e.g. the lunch time was only 1:15 hours including shopping around the main street. I would suggest the tour to start 1 hour earlier (mine was started at 9:15) to make the long travel time more valuable.

The excursion was extraordinary, and exceeded my expectations. The guide was very attentive to everyone, he was always concerned that we all arrived safely at the meeting places. The visit to the Rock was very good. They more than fulfilled what they offer you

Gibraltar is a lovely place! No problems with the booking, collected from the frontier and taken straight to the cable car and provided with tickets to the reserve hassle free.

when u take your ticket U have to show the booking reference number, because they don't have qr scanner at all ticket points. Besides of that everything was great.

The time with the monkeys was very short, about 5 minutes, but otherwise everything was very well organized and our guide Petra was very friendly and competent.