Pass Cross of Sacrifice as departing pier. Travel to border of Spanish Frontier and cross airfield for view of the Rock. Visit St. Michael's Cave with time to explore on your own. At Apes' Den, home of Barbary Apes, see unique creatures. Photo stop at Europa Point, where you see lighthouse. Before returning to ship, pass Moorish Castle while descending Willis Road. Returning to town, have option to return to ship or stay in town and make own way back to ship. Note: Must walk approx 300 yards over even surfaces, inclines, 90+ steps. Tour conducted with driver acting as guide. Six guests are required in each taxi before tour will commence. Limited souvenir shopping available.
The Rock of Gibraltar was once one of the Pillars of Hercules and was an important military stronghold for centuries as it guarded the entrance to the Mediterranean. Traveling to the border of the Spanish Frontier, you'll cross the airfield and have an excellent view of the Rock. You'll also see the Cross of Sacrifice as you drive across the airfield. You'll visit St. Michael's Cave, where you'll have time to explore on your own, the unusual stalagmite and stalactite formations. The small concert hall inside the caves is well known for its acoustical qualities, which you will enjoy as classical music drifts through the huge cavern.
At the Apes' Den, home of the famous Barbary Apes, you'll see these unique creatures, which were thought to arrive on the Iberian Peninsula from North Africa. As you view these creatures, be watchful; the apes have a penchant for handbags and purses, to say nothing of cameras and hats. There will be a photograph opportunity at Europa Point, where you'll see the lighthouse, and on a clear day, the northern coast of Africa.
Your taxi will climb the 1,400-foot high Rock of Gibraltar by use of the narrow roads that were originally built to support the British troops who defended this territory. Before returning to the ship, you will pass the Moorish Castle while descending Willis Road. Upon returning to town, you'll have the option of returning to the ship or staying in town and making your own way back to the vessel.
Note: Guests must be able to walk approximately 300 yards over even surfaces with various inclines and approximately 90 steps. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Tour will be conducted with a driver acting as your guide in a taxi. Six passengers are required in each taxi before tour will commence. Limited souvenir shopping is available at St. Michael's Cave. It is suggested that you do not approach, touch or feed the Barbary Apes.