Gibraltar cruises

On the southern tip of the Iberian Peninsula, Gibraltar boasts luminous sunshine and blissful beaches among familiar British comforts.

This British overseas territory located on the Spanish coast has long been a symbol of British naval strength. Discover this peaceful city and the attractive blend of culture and customs it has to offer.

Gibraltar port guide

The city of Gibraltar has been under the jurisdiction of the United Kingdom since 1713 when it was ceded to Great Britain. The port was once an important harbor for the British Royal Navy during the Napoleonic Wars. Its strategic location allowed for British naval engagement and served as an effective blockade against the French.

Today, Gibraltar Harbour is the gateway to the city’s interesting origin story, rich history, and modern culture. Just a short walk from the main town, the port village showcases a true representation of the Gibraltarian land.

Upon arrival from the Mediterranean Sea, admire the picture-perfect views of Gibraltar’s urban landscape.

Here’s our guide on everything you need to know about exploring the port city of Gibraltar.

Top landmarks and sights in Gibraltar

Rock of Gibraltar

Gibraltar is perhaps best known for the Rock, a 426-foot limestone ridge with sheer drops on its northern and eastern sides. The Rock is recognized as being one of the most strategically placed landmarks in the world as it was previously used as a fortress and defense against invaders.

St Michael's Cave

St Michael’s Cave is the name of a network of limestone caves located in the upper rock nature reserve. There are many stories about the origin of these natural and impressive caves however the truth is unknown. For an immersive experience, watch the awakening show where light and sound illuminate the caves and reawaken their hidden history.

Moorish Castle

A medieval 14th-century fort, Moorish Castle, compromises various buildings, gates, and walls. Until 2010, the prison of Gibraltar was also located here. This castle is a significant part of Gibraltar's history for the role it played in the conquest that took place on the Iberian Peninsula.

Great Siege Tunnels

The Great Siege Tunnels are a series of tunnels dug out from limestone by the British during the Great Siege of Gibraltar in the late 18th century. Highly considered to be the most impressive defence system made by man, these tunnels originally ran for over 25 meters. During the Second World War, Royal Engineers added around 30 miles of tunnels that remain today.

Things to do in Gibraltar

Wild monkeys of Gibraltar

Gibraltar is home to the only wild monkey population in the whole of Europe. The monkeys you will encounter are often very friendly and cheeky. It is estimated that over 200 wild monkeys currently reside at the upper rock nature reserve. As they roam the upper rock, a trip to the top will allow you to experience wild animal interaction.

Gibraltar Cable Car

Ride up the Rock of Gibraltar on the Cable Car for remarkable aerial views of the city. A smooth and exciting journey to the top of the Rock, the cable car travels to over 400 meters above sea level. As you reach the top, you are likely to encounter the famous wild monkey population.

Gibraltar National Museum

The Gibraltar National Museum keeps the history, culture, and natural history of Gibraltar alive in the city center of the British overseas territory. Founded in 1930, this museum contains decades of displays and information about the city and its people.

Sandy Bay beach

Sandy Bay is a village within the city of Gibraltar that brings you a beach on the eastern Mediterranean coast. With fine sands brought from the Sahara Desert, this beach introduces you to the quiet side of Gibraltar. Beyond, Gibraltar’s landscape is rural, diverse, and well worth exploring.

Eating and drinking in Gibraltar

Diverse culture means that Gibraltar offers a fabulous array of culinary options influenced by Spanish, British, French, Indian, Italian, Mexican, and Lebanese palettes.

Calentita is considered the national dish of Gibraltar which is made from chickpea flour and olive oil. This baked pancake/pizza-like dish is commonly served on the streets and in restaurants. Always served hot, calentita is a traditional snack served alongside seasonings, soups, and stews.

During your home-from-home holiday, try a taste of Spain with Gibraltar’s finest tapas. Enjoy freshly made tapas Spanish snacks with a complementing glass of wine at a number of tapas bars around Gibraltar.

Fideos al Horno, a macaroni pasta dish, Rolitos, vegetables, olives, and bacon wrapped in beef, Rosto, meat, carrots, and penne pasta dish, and Torta de Acelga, spinach pie, are other notable Gibraltarian delicacies that if the opportunity arises to taste, you should take.

Getting around, Gibraltar transport

Shuttles in the form of minivans run from the port for single and return journeys. Taxis are also readily available to and from the port for a slightly higher fee.

The cruise port is a short walk from the center of town and can be easily walked via paths. Once you reach the center Gibraltar can be explored on foot but other means such as guided tours and cable cars are available.

Gibraltar port facilities

Gibraltar port facilities include telephones, bars, cafes, craft shops, and a tourist information desk.

Gibraltar quick tips


The Gibraltar pound is the local currency in Gibraltar and is exchangeable with sterling at par value. Coins and banknotes of the Gibraltar pound are issued by the Government of Gibraltar. Pounds sterling and UK notes are also commonly accepted.

Card payments are widely accepted in Gibraltar, but it is recommended you carry some cash during your visit for small payments in small establishments.

Tipping is not compulsory in Gibraltar but a service charge of around 10 per cent is often added to the bill. Plus, if you wish to leave a small tip for exceptional service, an additional tip of around 10 per cent of the total bill or rounding up your bill is also greatly appreciated.


Gibraltar has a Mediterranean subtropical climate with mild winters and warm summers.

On average, temperatures reach highs of 28°C during the summer in Gibraltar while the winter months reach lows of 11°C.

Between September and October is considered the best time to visit Gibraltar for comfortable yet warm weather. Like much of Spain, Gibraltar is favorable during its Autumn season.