Costa del Sol, Spain

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Overview

Enjoy the sights and shopping of Gibraltar on this full-day trip from the Costa del Sol. Travel to the famous British territory by air-conditioned coach, and discover its main attractions, including the legendary Rock of Gibraltar, on a sightseeing tour. Head inside St Michael’s Cave, meet the cheeky Barbary monkeys and visit Europa Point, where a lighthouse marks the gateway of the Atlantic and Mediterranean. Plus, get free time to enjoy Gibraltar’s British atmosphere and high-street stores, fashion chains and duty-free outlets — all perfect for a dose of great-value shopping.
  • Full-day trip to Gibraltar from the Costa del Sol
  • City tour
  • Visit the famous Rock of Gibraltar and Saint Michael's cave
  • Meet the Barbary macaque monkeys who live on the rock
  • Free time to shop for British specialties on the main street
  • Expert Spanish- and English-speaking guide
  • Pickup and drop off from central meeting places on the Costa del Sol
Join up with your guide at one of the central meeting points on the Costa del Sol, and settle inside your air-conditioned coach. Then, journey along the coast to the British territory of Gibraltar, set on a promontory that juts into the Mediterranean Sea.

Best known for its towering limestone ridge known as the Rock of Gibraltar, this chunk of British territory is also famous for its duty-free shopping and British institutions, including its British-style pubs, trademark red telephone boxes and policemen dressed in British uniforms!


On arrival, take a panoramic coach tour and visit Europa Point, Gibraltar’s southernmost point. View the lighthouse that stands at the gateway between the Mediterranean and Atlantic, and absorb the spectacular views over the Strait of Gibraltar toward North Africa.


Next, hop onto a minibus for a guided tour of the iconic Rock. On your way up, stop to visit beautiful St Michael Cave, a network of natural limestone caverns hollowed into the cliff. Marvel at the stalactites and stalagmites as you learn how the cave has been used through the centuries, and behold the largest cave, a natural grotto regularly used as a venue for concerts and other events.

Then, head up the rock to meet its famous residents: the semi-wild Barbary macaque monkeys, known locally as 'Barbary apes.' Hear the story of how the British will never leave Gibraltar until the apes depart, and take snaps of these cheeky animals, taking care to watch your belongings!


Later, head back down the rock, and enjoy free time to explore independently. Perhaps enjoy a meal (own expense), stroll around the pretty lanes, or head for Main Street, the partly pedestrianized, long shopping avenue. Browse the department stores, international fashion chains and handicrafts shops, and maybe snap up duty-free favorites such as liquor, watches, fragrances and other great-value goodies.

When the time comes, return to your coach and ride back to the Costa del Sol where your tour ends at the start point.

Reviews

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K
, Apr 2018

Guide on the bus to Gibraltar was ok but the Tourbus was late and no explaining at all. The Guide in Gibraltar was excellent.

A
, Apr 2018

The sights to see in Gibraltar were fantastic. We arrived around 10.30am at the bus park and were then given until 12.20 to be back at the bus. We were taken upstairs at 12.30, but waited around 15-20 mins to get on the minibus and finally be on our way. We took some time at the lighthouse area looking out over the Mediterranean, which was beautiful. We then took a ride up to St. Michaels which really was stunning. We only had 20 mins here and it really was not long enough. There were quite a few stairs to climb and with and elderly person the time given for the visit just was not long enough. The visit to the monkeys was also great. We then had one hour back in the town. The whole trip would have been better had we gone straight up the rock, had more time at each place and then had the 2 hours in the town, the way it was done felt rushed the whole time in Gibraltar. One comment on our driver, should not make homophobic comments and religious ones.

J
, Mar 2018

Three hours on the coach each way is not great due to the number of pick ups from hotels. The actual visit and tour of Gibraltar was good.
and free time enough in the town.

T
, Jan 2018

Tour guide quite not really friendly, even quite rude.

Basically Julia Travel will just take you from your pickup point, then go to Gibraltar. Then 3 hours of free time, it's cool but at 9-10am everything is closed so it's pointless.
Then in the afternoon you will be led to an other travel agency for some sightseeing mountains, monkeys, cave.., which made me feel like I've been fooled. I didn't pay to be led to another travel agency...

It was mostly a waste of time, I would highly suggest to go on your own, and eventually pay a tour guide directly in Gibraltar if you really want to be guided.

j
, Jan 2018

Beautiful views from the top, enjoyed the St. Michael's Cave and the monkeys. The shopping was limited and there were not a lot of activities in Gibraltar.

m
, Nov 2017

The actual 2 hour trip up to the rock, provided by the company in Gibraltar was excellent. The minibus driver was very knowledgable and informative and showed us all the sights and spoke about them in great detail. The cave was amazing and the monkeys delightful. The only downfall was the long coach trip provided by a local company Julia Travel. We were 20 mins late being picked up and despite it only being a 90 mile trip, the journey was very long with too many pick ups. We wondered if 2 coach trips had been merged into 1 as some people said that they were on the coach for over 3 hours and had got picked up in Malaga. This only allowed time for a short walk around the town before the organised trip up the rock and again on return. It would have been good if the rep on the coach had been able to give us some facts about the areas in Spain that we were travelling through and maybe given us a map or advice as to where we could walk to once we arrived in Gibraltar. Also 3 hours is a long time to sit on a coach without a toilet break. Overall a good day and we got some great photos but far too many coach stops to pick up people, many of whom weren't actually at their pick up point.

C
, Sep 2017

I have used Viator many times before with no major quibbles, but this trip could have been much better orgonised. . we were collected from pick up point at 8.15 am, and after multi stops for other pick ujps and passport control we eventually got to coach park just after 11 am. we then were told to be back at coach park at 12.30 after free time in Gibraltar centre which was a 5 minuite brisk walk there and back in which we had to have our lunch and shopping. We only managed lunch and two shops . Following return to coach park, we had to wait for aprox 40 mins for our tour guide to organise minibuses to take us up the rock. on the rock and cave tour we stopped once on way to caves for photos and then 30 mis to see caves and apes then we went back to coach park. Then we had to sit in coach for 45mins for people on shopping only trip to get back. I am sorry to say this was very poor planning by Viator and a lot of money paid for sitting around doing and seeing nothing. I will have to think twice before using Viator again.

D
, Sep 2017

I WASN'T ABLE TO PHONE TO CONFURM BOOKING , SO WAS NOT ABLE TO GO . HAD TO RE BOOK THE NEXT DAY , BY THE HOTEL RESORT I STAYED AT .

P
, Sep 2017

The bus was about 15 minutes late picking us up, and we were wondering if we were in the correct place. The driver/guide was knowledgeable and friendly, but a little difficult to understand at times. Overall, it was a good experience and I encourage anyone who has not been to Gibraltar to go. The history of The Rock is interesting, and the views are incredible. I think that everyone should be told, before booking, that visiting St. Michael's Cave requires walking down MANY steps!

s
, Aug 2017

Loved this trip ... everything well organized. Pick up was right on time, we had plenty of free time to eat and shop. Local tour guide was really knowledgeable and funny. We all enjoyed it


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