- Published on 27 March 2017
Located at the western end and entrance to the Mediterranean, Gibraltar is a British Overseas Territory full of a mix of British and Mediterranean charm. With over 300 days of sunshine yearly and a colourful history, it is an easily accessible and popular cruise destination, with activities and attractions for all in just 2.6 square miles.
The most popular activity is the ‘Rock Tour’, giving guests a full flavour of the history and life on the Rock over the years to present day. This tour covers, amongst other sites, Europa Point, with views across the Strait of Gibraltar to Morocco, 15 miles away. The Upper Rock Nature Reserve, covering the top part of the 426-metre-high Rock, is home to the world famous and free roaming Barbary Macaque. A visit to St Michael’s Cave, with its stalactite and stalagmite formations is also on the itinerary. At the Moorish Castle’s Tower of Homage, which dates back to the 11th century, you can still spot the battle scars on the outside walls from the many sieges it has endured. The Rock also has over 32 miles of manmade tunnels, including the Great Siege Tunnels, created to defend Gibraltar from invaders between 1779-1783, as are the World War II tunnels, allowing an insight into a city within a city.
Out in the open and within the original city walls, which can still be seen throughout the town, the architecture is a mix of Genoese, Portuguese, Spanish, Moorish and British styles. Gibraltar has a café society with cafes and bars dotted along Main Street, as well as in its two marinas. For the shoppers amongst your guests, Main Street, only a 15-minute walk from the Gibraltar Cruise Terminal, is a magnet for bargain hunters thanks to Gibraltar’s VAT free shopping. At the crossroads of Mediterranean and Atlantic shipping lanes, Gibraltar is also ideally placed to provide an additional and wide range of services to cruise companies, in addition to allowing ships to open up their on-board facilities after 1800 local time while still in the port.
Gibraltar is the proud host of the 50th MedCruise General Assembly to be held 14-17 June 2017!