Highlights of this tour
- The Pillars of Hercules
- St Michael’s Cave
- The Apes Den
- The Great Siege Tunnels
- Europa Point
- The 100 Ton Gun
- Moorish Castle
The extended rock tour in Gibraltar leaves you speechless after visiting the Pillars of Hercules, the St. Michael’s Cave, the Apes Den, the Great Siege Tunnels, the 100 Ton Gun, Europa Point, and the Moorish Castle. Together with your driver-guide, you enjoy all these gems. Your extended rock tour in Gibraltar starts and finishes at the cruise port or your accommodation. Unfortunately, this is not a fully accessible tour.
Only a few vehicles in Gibraltar are wheelchair accessible, and none allow 3-wheel scooters. Because of that, we currently only offer this tour to people who can get in and out a standard vehicle. Wheelchairs or scooters can be stored in the trunk. This way we can secure availability of service and thus the tour.
The pillars of Hercules are two big rocks. You find one on your trip to Gibraltar, and the other one is in Morocco, across the Strait of Gibraltar. The name of the Pillars comes from the mythological creature Hercules. A legend says he is the one that created the columns after slaughtering a dangerous giant.
Inside of the Rock of Gibraltar, you find a network of tunnels and caves. One of these caves is called the St. Michael’s cave. The cave received its name because of a similar grotto in Monte Gargano in Italy, where the Archangel Michael would have appeared. Today, the St. Michael’s cave is used as an auditorium where you can experience unique shows. The site is open to the public, but the interior is not wheelchair accessible.
One of Gibraltar’s most famous attractions is without a doubt the Barbary Macaques on the Rock of Gibraltar. Normally, you find these monkeys in North Africa, so many people assume that they were brought a long time ago. Many other legends talk about different ways of how these monkeys got to Europe. It is a joy to watch them, but look out for your things. These cheeky animals will steal whatever they can get their hands-on
Previously, the Great Siege Tunnels were known as the Upper Galleries. Between 1779 and 1783, the Merchant Marines dug these tunnels by brute force. The reason for these tunnels was defending the area during one of the many sieges.
The 100 Ton Gun, also named the Rockbuster, actually weighs a little over 100 tons. In total, The British company Armstrong Whitworth built four of these gigantic cannons for the Italian Navy. Now, only two remain. You find one in Gibraltar and one in Malta.
It took 35 people to work this massive weapon and three hours to heat the water to operate the hydraulic system. Soon, it became too cumbersome even though it fired projectiles that reached a distance of eight miles. Today, it is one of the favorite spots of many tourists in Gibraltar.
The Europa Point on Gibraltar is the southernmost point of the area. From this point, you can see Africa on most days. At this location, you find the Gibraltar Lighthouse, the Ibrahim-Al-Ibrahim Mosque, the Shrine of Our Lady of Europe, Harding’s Battery, and the Nun’s Well.
Out of the many attractions at Europa Point, the Trinity Lighthouse is the most popular one. It is even one of the best-known attractions of Gibraltar. You find it at the most southern point of Gibraltar, where it gets a lot of attention from tourists as ships are passing through the Strait of Gibraltar.
The Ibrahim al-Ibrahim mosque is also known as the King Fahd bin Abdulaziz al-Saud Mosque or the mosque of the keeper of the two holy mosques. It is a special mosque since it is one of the largest in a country that is predominantly Catholic. It is like that because of the rich Moorish influences in the history of Gibraltar.
This Shrine was originally a mosque. In 1462, the Christians converted it to a chapel. The Lady of Europe, to whom the chapel is dedicated, is the Catholic patroness of Gibraltar.
This artillery battery exists out of two 32 pounder cannons used for the defense of Gibraltar. Today, the site is used as a visitor center that mainly focusses on the Europa point.
This well is an ancient underground water reservoir that dates back to the Moorish times or earlier. The history of the well is uncertain, and so is the name. Theories say it is because the soldiers who gave the well its name associated it with the nuns from the church nearby.
The Moorish Castle in Gibraltar is a remnant of when the Moors occupied Gibraltar. The Moors built the fortifications in 1160. It exists out of multiple buildings, gates, and fortified walls. The main feature of the castle that remains today is the Tower of Homage. This tower dates from the fourteenth century and served as a strategic viewpoint. Today, the tower is still an awe-inspiring sight.
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