Gibraltar, Gibraltar
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Overview

Discover the scenic and shopping highlights of Gibraltar on this full-day trip from Malaga. With an expert guide, journey from Malaga to Gibraltar by air-conditioned coach and experience the best of this famous British territory. Meet the fabled Barbary ‘apes’ on the Rock of Gibraltar, visit St Michael’s Cave, and much more. Then, enjoy time to explore Gibraltar’s center independently. Perhaps have lunch at a British-style pub, browse the big-name stores, and snap up duty-free bargains.
  • Full-day trip to Gibraltar from Malaga
  • Take in views from the famous Rock of Gibraltar
  • Enjoy a Gibraltar sightseeing tour and visit St Michael's Cave
  • Shop for British specialties on Main Street
Depart Malaga by air-conditioned coach and follow the coast to Gibraltar, the British territory that occupies a promontory jutting into the Mediterranean Sea.
Famous for its soaring limestone ridge known as the Rock of Gibraltar, this chunk of British territory is also known for its duty-free shopping and British-style sights, including traditional pubs and trademark red telephone boxes.
After a roughly 2-hour journey, arrive and enjoy a sightseeing tour of Gibraltar’s main attractions. Snap photos of the port, glimpse the walled inner city, and visit St Michael’s Cave, a network of natural caverns in the cliffs. Admire the stalactites and stalagmites and marvel at the largest cavern, an incredible grotto that’s used for concert and cultural events.

Next, drive up the 1,400-foot (425-meter) rock as your guide talks about the age-old legends that surround it. The ancient Romans and Greeks considered it one of the two Pillars of Hercules that stood at the edge of the world.

At the summit, gaze out over the Spanish coast and toward Morocco across the Strait of Gibraltar. Meet the rock’s famous residents: the semi-wild Barbary macaque monkeys known locally as ‘Barbary apes.’ Take snaps of these cheeky animals, but keep a watch on your belongings as they’ve been known to snatch and run!

Descend the rock and enjoy free time to explore the center independently. Perhaps have lunch (own expense) at a pub, meander around the pretty lanes, or shop till you drop along the long, central avenue of Main Street.
Most of the stores are made up of high-street British names, as well as international fashion chains and craft shops. Browse for British specialties such as clothing; snap up traditional Gibraltar glassware; and perhaps pick up duty-free favorites such as liquor, watches and fragrances.
Afterward, relax on the coach ride back to Malaga where your tour ends at the start point.

Reviews

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M
, Dec 2018

The trip was excellent. Paco the representative that took us there was great and the sightseeing tour was a blast with tour guide Jerry keeping us entertained the whole way round.

C
, Sep 2018

Gibraltar is well worth seeing the monkeys the caves the view, but spend the full day utilizing a different tour operator we had Julia Travels or stay the day and visit the sites yourself.

A
, Aug 2018

Picking up other people took forever. Dropping them off took forever. FOR-E-VER. The bus was LATE almost half an hour to begin with. Then you're on the bus for hours because of all of that above. They drop you off at the bus station at Gibraltar, give you vague directions and let you go for two hours. The shopping there is disappointing, unless you want perfume or alcohol. Then the tour begins, which was a complete joke. They told people to be there at 12.30 but LEFT the area at 12.25 without checking headcount. A lady came running after us yelling at the bus because she showed up on time and we were gone. They didn't get any Italians this time around but got too many English speaking people and it took them solid 20 minutes to figure out what to do. When we finally got to our adapted tour bus, we got a guide who was a very disgruntled UK guy, who barely said anything during the entire tour, rolled his eyes at people and was very abrasive. He drove like crazy, he almost hit two other vehicles who HAD the right of way we were in the front so we saw everything. Caves? You have 20 minutes. 20 minutes to get in, see the caves, hike to the bathroom, see the monkeys and get back on the bus. Riiiight. Next spot! You have 10 minutes! We regretted paying for this terrible experience the moment we got on that mini tour bus with the disgruntled guide. He did tons of driving but barely said anything about the place, and what he did say was very disjointed. Just awful! And we left Gibraltar at 2.30pm... Why so early and rushed? Just a terrible tour. Extremely disappointed.

C
, Aug 2018

Gibraltar tour was very good but in addition to the people that boarded the bus in central Malaga it made various pick ups along the way making a 2 hour journey much longer. They should have one bus for central Malaga and another for the hotels along the way to Gibraltar.
Now the good: 1 On time pickup with a modern clean bus pickup is at 7am, buy something for breakfast the night before because in Spain everything is closed at that early time and you would not have a chance to eat until you arrive alt Gibraltar at approx. 10:45 am
2 The tour guide was friendly and knowledgeable 3 Adequate time to see and shop in downtown. 4 adequate time to take pictures of the beautiful views and the monkeys.
This tour is an easy way to go and see Gibraltar from Malaga!

J
, Jul 2018

If you start this trip from Malaga, you will spend about 2 hours each way on a bus as you pick up other folks at hotels along the way. The Marbella passengers were lucky...last pickup, first drop off. Time in Gibraltar is short, but you have time to walk down Main Street have lunch, drink, etc. The bus tour of the rock and cave was fast...but we had a awesome bus driver that made it interesting. Worth the time as an intro to Gibraltar to see if you want to go back and see more.

J
, Jul 2018

Gibraltar was beautiful and the staff was kind, BUT I felt mislead just before we arrived. When I purchased the tickets online weeks before the trip, I was under the impression that our tickets would take us all around the island, including up the mountain where most of the attractions are located. Minutes before arriving, we were told that I needed to purchase two additional tickets with cash to board a smaller bus that would actually tour the island for 50 Euros (25 per ticket). I don't like carrying a lot of cash during our travels, lucky for us I brought a 50 Euro bill with me that day. If I didn't bring cash with me, our trip would have been limited to the small town near the bus depot. The town is quite charming. But still I was extremely upset that I traveled to Gibraltar and almost missed out seeing the highlights; monkeys, St. Michael's Cave and the distant Africa outline on the southern side. Finally, my last huge complaint is that I was told to meet the tour in Malaga at 7 am. The reason that I was given was that the bus would not pick us up at our hotel which was a few towns west of Malaga, but east of Gibraltar (somewhere in the middle). This was no issue at first as we rented a car for our trip. We drove the Malaga, spend an additional 30 Euros to park and boarded the bus. Minutes into the trip, the bus started making stops picking up additional tourists. There were between 10 to 15 stops. This didn't bother me until we made a stop in the town that I was staying at, which was about two hours in! WHY, WHY, WHY was I told to travel to Malaga, when I could have met the bus at this other hotel? So not only did I have to spend an additional 80 Euros, we wasted at least six hours of our day because we were told to meet the tour at the first stop. Again, it pains me to write this complaint because both bus drivers and the tour guide were extremely nice. And Gibraltar is extremely beautiful and would recommend anyone to visit, just not on this tour. I've been on many site seeing tours throughout Europe, this was our worse.

s
, Jul 2018

Gibraltar - interesting yet odd. The monkeys were great to see in person. St. Michael's Cave was magnificent. The town/main shopping area itself was OK. Cute but nothing special. I felt the tour was rushed and would have liked at least one more hour to be on my own to explore. The tour guide Paco was really quite good - speaking 5 languages.He was knowledgeable and funny. The customs

E
, Jun 2018

We would like to thank your tour leader Rafael, for a beautiful tour of the unforgettable Gibraltar and its surroundings. It was a great experience and at the same time it was very educational. For those who love history and architecture, once again Gibraltar is a unique place not to miss. Well done and thank you Rafael.

E
, Jun 2018

We would like to thank your tour leader Rafael, for a beautiful tour of the unforgettable Gibraltar and its surroundings. It was a great experience and at the same time it was very educational. For those who love history and architecture, once again Gibraltar is a unique place not to miss. Well done and thank you Rafael.

M
, May 2018

I booked the tour directly from the website of VIATOR although it was more expensive than that advertised by Julia Travel. The reason for this was that when I read the reviews on the tour organised by Julia Travel many complained that the trip from Malaga to Gibraltar took much more time than the advertised duration of two hours. However, to my astonishment, when I booked I received an email form VIATOR informing me that the tour would be organised by Julia Travel. Thus I had paid the extra fee in vain.
The coach from Malaga took almost 4 hours to arrive at Gibraltar despite the fact that VIATOR advertises that the trip would take around 2 hours. This delay was due to the fact that there were many pick-ups on the way and the guide had to distance herself from the coach several times to pick up persons along the way. A more clear indication of the time which would be taken from Malaga to Gibraltar should have been given. We arrived at Gibraltar at around 10.45am and were given free time up to 12.30pm. Then we were led to different mini buses according to the preferred language and were informed that the coach would leave Malaga at 3pm sharp. The local guide for the city tour named Paul was commendable and he was both knowledgeable and friendly. However, we were rushed through the places we had to visit. In fact we were spared only 20 minutes to visit St Michaels caves and on our way to the coach parking area, at 2.45pm, Paul even received a telephone call asking him where we were. However, we arrived at the parking area within the following minute.
Our return to Malaga took much less and we arrived at our destination prior to 6pm. This means that although the tour was advertised as having a duration of approximately 12 hours, in our case it lasted only 11 hours whereas more time could have been allotted to us either during our city tour or during our free time. Prior to dropping the participants off, the guide even told us that whoever wished to give tips to her and the coach driver was free to do so. Notwithstanding this, almost none of those who were dropped off in Malaga gave any tips.
All in all, I opine that the tour was not quite worthwhile and it should give more value for money. It would pay whoever wishes to visit Gibraltar to do so on his own if he is able to do so.


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