• Location: Algarve, Portugal
  • Duration: 12 hours (approx.)
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Gibraltar is full of natural wonders, exotic wildlife, and historic sites, and this full-day tour from the Algarve checks off all three. Journey through Spain’s Andalusian region; marvel at landmarks such as St Michael's Cave and the Rock of Gibraltar; explore the Great Siege Tunnels; and spot Barbary Macaques in their natural environment.

Highlights

  • Full-day tour of Gibraltar from the Algarve
  • Enjoy a scenic drive through Spain’s Andalusian region, including the Route of the Bulls
  • Spot Barbary Macaques in their natural environment
  • Marvel at Gibraltar landmarks such as St Michael’s Cave and the Rock of Gibraltar
  • Learn more about Gibraltar’s history with a visit to the Great Siege Tunnels
  • Great-value tour includes hotel pickup, entrance fees, and round-trip transport

What You Can Expect

Begin your day with pickup from your Algarve hotel in time for a 7.00am departure. Cross the border and set out through Spain’s Andalusian region, admiring the scenic countryside views as you wind through the vast plains, passing blooming cotton fields and rugged peaks. Along the way, follow the Route of the Bull in Cádiz, where the bulls used in Spain’s notorious bullfights are raised.

On arrival in Gibraltar, enjoy a guided tour of the tiny island, which measures only 3 miles (4.8 km) in length. Head to viewpoints from which you can gaze out towards Morocco and spot Barbary apes in their natural environment, then learn more about the island’s fascinating history as you explore the Great Siege Tunnels. As you venture underground, hear about the unsuccessful attempt by Spain and France to capture the territory from the British during the American Revolutionary War.

After lunch (own expense), pay a visit to St Michael's Cave, a natural wonder located at 980 feet (300 meters) above sea level, or join a tour to the Rock of Gibraltar (extra cost). Enjoy free time for shopping and sightseeing independently before setting out on the return journey.

On return to Portugal, your tour ends with drop-off at your Algarve hotel.

Customer Reviews

Anne Margaret T United Kingdom

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better April 2017

I have given this trip two stars, not because it wasn't good, but because it wasn't as stated in the description.

I shall address the points one by one.

1. Full day tour of Gibraltar from the Algarve. This is true. I was picked up at 5am and didn't get back until 11.30pm, so be prepared for a long day.
2. Enjoy a scenic drive through Spain's Andalucian region, including the Route of the Bulls. This is also true. The drive was long, but pleasant, and we stopped off for comfort stops, so that broke up the journey. The guide did tell us a lot about the history of the region. I had no idea of the Route of the Bulls, but that's a minor point.
3. Spot Barbary Macaques in their natural environment. This is true BUT we were only able to spot the macaques because we paid extra for a trip to St. Michael's Cave. see point 4 below
4. Marvel at Gibraltar landmarks such as St. Michael's Cave and the Rock of Gibraltar. Yes, I saw both the Cave and the Rock, but I had to pay 25 Euros to go on a mini bus to see both those things.
5. Learn more about Gibraltar's history with a visit to the Great Siege Tunnels. This was not included in the tour, either the main tour as described, or on the 25 Euro supplementary tour that we paid for.
6. Great value tour includes hotel pick up, entrance fees, and round trip transport. This is partially true. We did get picked up and there was round trip transport but we did not enter anything, so I have no idea which entrance fees were included in the price of this trip.

I shall expand on the above. When we got to Gibraltar, we had two choices. We could either pay 25 Euros for a bus tour round Gibraltar, or, if we didn't, we were directed to the public service bus No5 and told to take it to the bus station. That was our choices. There was no included trip to the Siege Tunnels, St Michael's Cave, or the Rock. So those people who didn't pay the 25 Euros were left on their own for the afternoon.

I paid the 25 Euros and we were directed to a mini bus. Our guide from Portugal disappeared at that point. In the minibus we were taken to Europa Point, through the narrow streets of the town, and up to St Michael's Cave, where we had about 20 minutes to see the Cave and the macaques. I thought we might have been taken to the cable car to get to the top of the Rock, but no, once we left St Michael's Cave, we basically drove back down the Rock again, into the town. I believe we drove by the Siege Tunnels but we didn't stop and we certainly didn't go in. We were dropped off at the bus station. There was enough time for something to eat, and then we had to make our own way back on public transport to the border.

It was interesting seeing Gibraltar, but the advertised tour is not what you get in reality. You should change the description of the tour to reflect that, as there are definitely no entrance fees to be paid, as we had to fork out another 25 euros to see anything inside Gibraltar itself.

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