British overseas territory, Gibraltar, on Spain's south coast is dominated by a 426m-high limestone ridge: The Rock. The Rock of Gibraltar is a sentinel that guards the Straits, and the overtly-British town nestled between the European and African continents. Its atmosphere is all the more familiar due to its helmeted policemen, red pillar boxes, fish and chip shops, traditional pubs and Marks & Spencer shops.[ReadMoreMob]
Layers of fortifications on The Rock include the remains of a 14th-century Moorish Castle and the 18th century Great Siege Tunnels. The Europa Point Lighthouse and St. Michael’s limestone cave light show are both well worth seeking out.
Resolutely British for nearly 300 years, Gibraltar’s unique history is of interest but it's the camera-loving Barbary Apes that tend to steal the show.
The towering limestone Rock of Gibraltar stands approximately 426 metres (1,400 feet) high. The Upper Rock area is home to a nature reserve and over 200 Barbary macaque apes, along with St Michael’s Cave and the Great Siege Tunnels. Enjoy a cable car ride up to the top of the Rock and admire the breathtaking panoramas.
St Michael’s Cave
The magnificent St Michael’s Cave comprises a network of approximately limestone caves, burrowed underneath and within the iconic Rock of Gibraltar. This natural wonder is one of Gibraltar’s top attractions, with visitors flocking to see the caves' unusually-shaped stalagmites and stalactites.
Great Siege Tunnels
Also known as the Upper Galleries, this maze of tunnels was excavated into the Rock of Gibraltar during the Great Siege of 1779-1783. An amazing feat of both engineering and human effort, the tunnels were dug out using hammers, chisels, shovels and blasting powder. During World War II, Royal Engineers added more than 30 miles of tunnels to this complex.
Cruises to Gibraltar
Landmarks of Greece & the Adriatic • L2222
- Delve into the rich history and culture of Adriatic and Mediterranean cities
- Explore the ancient sites of Dubrovnik, Kotor, Athens and Olympia
- Sample the beauty and culture of Greece, Spain and Malta
Ancient walls of the Med with Malta • T2229
- Delve into history & culture of the Med
- Explore the fortified Castello district in Cagliari
- In Melilla visit the fortified Spanish exclave
Sunsets & Cities of the Mediterranean Brought Closer • M2314
- A chance to see and smell Provence’s lavender fields when in full summer bloom
- Dock in the heart of Marseille, for easy exploration of this historic city
- Plus, take in Monaco, Corsica, the Italian island of Elba and more
Exploring the Balkans & Adriatic with Venice • T2326
- An insight into the Balkan Peninsula’s centuries of fascinating history
- See the influences of powers such as the Romans and medieval Ottomans
- Each destination has a unique story to tell, through its architecture and culture
Touring Southern Spain, Portugal & Gibraltar • S2322
- Visit destinations renowned for their historic connections to navigation and exploration
- Uncover the influences of Columbus in Cádiz, and take in Lisbon’s maritime monuments
- Learn of La Coruña’s seafaring heritage, plus visit Malaga and Gibraltar
Discovering Cultural Morocco with the Fleet in Funchal • M2327
- Enjoy an unforgettable celebration of Fred. Olsen’s fleet in Funchal
- Learn of Moroccan history, culture, cuisine and much more
- Discover sites famed for their links to the Lost City of Atlantis
Exploring Southern Spain & Into the Heart of Seville • M2329
- Experience the culture, history, beauty and traditions of Spain’s Andalusia region
- Sail the scenic Guadalquivir River, and visit Seville for Moorish architecture, tapas and sultry flamenco
- Uncover the aesthetic and cultural treasures of Malaga, Almeria and ancient Cadiz too