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Pillars of Hercules: Our most recommended tours and activities

From Seville: Day Trip to Gibraltar

1. From Seville: Day Trip to Gibraltar

Embark on an unforgettable journey that combines history and multiculturalism with duty-free shopping, impressive caves, and the famous monkeys of Gibraltar. Depart Seville and journey to the frontier to cross the border of the British Overseas Territory of Gibraltar and visit Punta de Europa, mainland Europe's southernmost spot. Look across the Strait of Gibraltar to where the vast continent of Africa begins. Take some souvenir photos of the coastlines of Spain and Morocco from the top of the Rock of Gibraltar. Then, visit the amazing limestone caves of San Miguel and admire the numerous stalactite and stalagmite formations. Next, meet the Barbary monkeys of Gibraltar, a unique breed from Europe that, according to legend, are a sign the British will not leave as long as the monkeys are still there. Enjoy some free time for lunch and do some duty-free shopping on Main Street, known worldwide for its low-priced jewelry, watches, electronic items, spirits, cosmetics, and perfumes. There are also plenty of bars and cafés, offering a wide selection of delicious options for visitors.

From Málaga: Full-Day Gibraltar Rock Tour with Bus

2. From Málaga: Full-Day Gibraltar Rock Tour with Bus

See the best of Gibraltar on a full-day tour departing from Málaga, and visit the main highlights of the Gibraltar Nature Reserve by bus. Learn about local customs and history from your expert guide as you make your way to your first stop: The viewpoint of the Pillars of Hercules. Marvel at the magnificent panoramic views of the entire Strait of Gibraltar, with uninterrupted views of the African continent. Then, make your way to Saint Michael's Cave, an incredible network of natural limestone caves in the heart of Gibraltar with mighty stalactites and stalagmites. Continue on to the Rock to see the famous Gibraltar monkeys, which are the only apes living in the wild on the entire European continent. Finally, enjoy some free time to have lunch, go for a walk or do some shopping, before you sit back and relax on your drive back to Málaga.

From Seville: Full-Day Trip to Gibraltar

3. From Seville: Full-Day Trip to Gibraltar

Depart from Seville in the morning and travel to the border of Spain and Gibraltar to arrive before noon. Then, visit the main tourist attractions of the city center with a local guide. Go to the nature reserve to see the legendary Pillars of Hercules at the entrance to the Strait of Gibraltar.  Continue to St. Michael's Cave in the Upper Rock Nature Reserve and marvel at the stalactites and stalagmites of the rock formations. Encounter the famous barbary apes that play on the rock.  Return to the city center to spend some time on Main Street, renowned for its range of shops and second-hand markets. Shop for souvenirs and find bargains in the stores during your free time, before the return journey to Seville.

From Cadiz: Gibraltar Private Full-Day Trip

4. From Cadiz: Gibraltar Private Full-Day Trip

Embark on a trip to discover Gibraltar through the eyes of a knowledgeable guide. From the top of the iconic Rock of Gibraltar to series of tunnels and caves, see it all on this full-day excursion. Head out of Cadiz in the comfort of a private van and make your way to Gibraltar. Gibraltar has been a British colony since 1703 and is now one of the last bastions of the British Empire. With a local Gibraltar guide, visit the Great Siege Tunnels. This series of tunnels is located inside the northern end of the Rock of Gibraltar, and were dug out by the British in the 18th century.  See North Africa from the top of Gibraltar Rock, considered one of the Pillars of Hercules. Stop to snap some incredible pictures. Then, visit St. Michael's Cave, the Moorish Castle, and Apes Den. At the end of the tour, enjoy some free time to discover the city and its shops.

Gibraltar Day Trip from Seville

5. Gibraltar Day Trip from Seville

You will begin the day with a hotel pick-up and a drive to Gibraltar, stopping for a traditional local breakfast on the way. Once back in your private vehicle, enjoy views of the countryside and natural parks until you reach the city. Upon arrival at Gibraltar, you will leave the car behind and, after crossing the border, you'll hop in a taxi with your guide to the city's main square. Here, you will see principal sites such as the natural park, the Pillars of Hercules, St. Michael's Cave, the Great Siege Tunnels and the well-known apes found all around the Rock of Gibraltar. The taxi will then drop you off in the city center, where the guide will show you the best spots for eating and shopping. Buy some souvenirs and try some local dishes before heading towards Línea de la Concepción to spend some free time having a chat or learning local songs. The tour will finish with a hotel drop-off in Seville.

From Seville: Private Tour of Gibraltar

6. From Seville: Private Tour of Gibraltar

Travel to the famed Rock of Gibraltar from Seville with this full-day private tour. Visit the Great Siege Tunnels, one of pillars of Hercules, St. Michael's caves, and monkeys at the Ape's den. Be picked up by your professional driver in Seville, and sit back and relax on your private drive to Gibraltar. Take in views of the local airport at the Great Siege Tunnels. Admire the coast of North Africa from one of pillars of Hercules. Head to St. Michael's caves, where Neanderthals were discovered. Go to a Moorish castle and hang out with the monkeys at the Ape's den. Find out more about Gibraltar's strategic importance and colonial history from your informative guide. Spend some free time doing some duty free shopping, finding a great place to get lunch, or to stopping in at a typical British pub.

From Malaga: Private Gibraltar Highlights Day Trip

7. From Malaga: Private Gibraltar Highlights Day Trip

Experience an unforgettable daytrip to Gibraltar, an unique fusion of history and culture. Along the way you will notice the amazing history of Gibraltar, the beautiful and mysterious caves and the fascinating wildlife combined with the multicultural influences. Enjoy duty free shopping in this paradise. Learn about local customs and history from your expert guide as you make your way to your first stop: the viewpoint of the Pillars of Hercules. Admire the stunning panoramic view of the entire Strait of Gibraltar, with an uninterrupted view of the African continent. Next head to Saint Michael's Cave, an incredible network of natural limestone caves in the heart of Gibraltar with mighty stalactites and stalagmites. Continue to the Rock to see the famous Gibraltar Monkeys, the only monkeys to live in the wild on the entire European continent. Finally, enjoy some free time to eat, a stroll or some shopping before sitting back and relaxing on your drive back to Málaga.

Gibraltar: Private Highlights Tour with Tickets and Transfer

8. Gibraltar: Private Highlights Tour with Tickets and Transfer

One of the attractions of this tour is The Pillars of Hercules. There at the Pillars you will enjoy the views of North Africa Morocco. You will see where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Mediterranean Sea, this being the only entrance to the Mediterranean. The next site is St Michael’s Cave. Which sees thousands of visitors a year wandering through its huge caverns with just a few steps and easy access. This amazing, natural phenomenon created by rainwater slowly seeping through the limestone rock, turning into a weak carbonic acid which gradually dissolved the rock millions of years ago. Next we will go to the top of the Rock, and there we will do 2 things: The glass viewing platform called The Skywalk, and visit the monkeys.The Skywalk is a former military lookout transformed into a state of the art glass platform and walkway giving spectacular views across the Mediterranean. An unbroken 360º panoramic viewpoint. Enter the 360º environment and get a feel for the freedom and exhilaration you will experience at The Skywalk. From the Skywalk, several minutes walk and we will spend some time with our famous Monkeys at Upper Apes Den (The same height level as the cable) The Barbary Macaque Apes are the only ones to be found within the continent of Europe. They reside at the upper rock nature reserve of Gibraltar. At present there are over 200 apes in 6 packs that roam through the upper rock. Legend has it that in 1942 the population of apes fell to just 7 and the Prime Minister of Great Britain (Sir Winston Churchill) ordered that the population of the apes be immediately replenished because as long as there are Barbary Macaques Apes on the Rock of Gibraltar it will remain under British rule. From the top of the rock we will drive to the north side of the Rock to visit the Great Siege Tunnels, something not to be missed. This site explains a lot of the history of Gibraltar under siege. The tunnels were carved out of the rock by hand during the Great Siege which took place between 1779-1783. This was done in order to defend Gibraltar against the Spanish and French forces who were trying to recapture Gibraltar from the British. On the drive down from the Upper rock Nature Reserve we will see the outside of the Moorish Castle, you will be able to see the history and battle scars due to cannon ball shots against the castle between the wars of the Moors and the Spanish. The Moorish Castle is a medieval fortification in Gibraltar which is made up of a number of buildings. The Moorish Castle stands proudly on the Eastern elevation of the Rock, a proud symbol of the long and colourful history of the Rock of Gibraltar originally built in the 1160CE. It was ransacked by the Spanish between 1309 – 1333. This 'Tower of Homage' was rebuilt in the 14th century by Abu-l-Hasan. You'll be able to look closely to see the cannon dents in the castle walls. As we exit the nature reserve park we will drive through the old town of Gibraltar.

Gibraltar: Half-Day Private Tour with Admission Tickets

9. Gibraltar: Half-Day Private Tour with Admission Tickets

First of all we will visit the 100 tonne Gun. The late 1800′s saw four of these giants built by the naval authorities of Britain, with a view toward securing their holdings, two were built for Gibraltar, while another two were built for Malta. Once we have finished the 100 tonne Gun we will drive to Europa Point. This site is located at the southernmost point at the end of the Rock of Gibraltar on this location you will see breathtaking views across the Strait of Gibraltar into North Africa Morocco. Then we will drive up the upper rock our first stop at the nature reserve will be The Pillars of Hercules. From the Pillars we will drive further deeper into the nature reserve stopping at St Michael s Cave. Which sees thousands of visitors a year wandering through its huge caverns with just a few steps and easy access. Next we will go to the top of the Rock where you will see breathtaking views all around Gibraltar from the Skywalk. Here we will send some time with our Monkeys From the top of the rock we will drive to the north side of the Rock to visit the Great Siege Tunnels, something not to be missed. This site explains a lot of the history of Gibraltar under siege. The tunnels were carved out of the rock by hand during the Great Siege which took place between 1779-1783. This was done in order to defend Gibraltar against the Spanish and French forces who were trying to recapture Gibraltar from the British. As we drive down the upper rock nature reserve we will visit The Moorish Castle - A medieval fortification in Gibraltar which is made up of a number of buildings, the Moorish Castle stands proudly on the Eastern elevation of the Rock, a proud symbol of the long and colourful history of the Rock of Gibraltar originally built in the 1160CE then it was ransacked by the Spanish between 1309 – 1333. This 'Tower of Homage' was rebuilt in the 14th century by Abu-l-Hasan and today you can visit the inside of the recently restored castle, wonder at those 14th century walls and marvel at the feats of Gibraltar's first city builders, the Moors. If you look closely you can still see the cannon dents in the castle walls. In this Tour we will drive over the airport runway towards the Spanish border just meters away from Spain you will even see Spanish Customs at work. We will also drive 360 degrees around Gibraltar coast lines East /west stopping at viewpoints and seeing areas as Catalan Bay some Jurassic sand dunes and the old water catchments. Finalising the Tour where ever you wish in Gibraltar

Gibraltar: Ultimate Full-Day Private Driving Tour

10. Gibraltar: Ultimate Full-Day Private Driving Tour

Embark on the ultimate tour of Gibraltar and see all the sights in a full day driving tour, completely private to your group. Explore the upper Rock Nature Reserve, discover the 100-ton Gun, and look way down from the top of O'Haras Battery. Begin the road to becoming a real Gibraltarian by getting picked up and heading to the Upper Rock Nature Reserve. Enjoy a guided tour of the area and discover some of the best sights like Catalan Bay, The Pillars of Hercules, St. Michael's Cave, and more. Take a short break for lunch at your own expense, and browse some shops for souvenirs. Then, start the second part of the tour. Get to the highest point on the rock, O'Haras Battery, and feel the sensation of being on top of the world. Discover the Skywalk and cheeky Monkeys of the area, before learning about the Great Siege Tunnels, WW2 tunnels, and the City Under Siege Exhibition. As you leave the park, pass by the Old Town and witness Spanish Customs at work at the not-so-distant border. See Gibraltar from 360-degrees and make it a day you won't forget.

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What people are saying about Pillars of Hercules

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4.3 / 5

based on 212 reviews

It was a lovely day, definetly worth going. Tour is quite rushed, in order to manage all the sightseeing. Would have been nice to start an hour earlier, as we were advised that pick up is at 8.45 and they arrived at 9am. We’ve seen monkeys, but not what expected. Not much to see in Gibraltar. But definetely worth going for a day trip :)

I liked it but it's very tight in time. 15 minutes for a cave visit, 20 minutes for another visit and as much time for the toilets. My guide Catherine was great.

Very nice trip, on time. I would have enjoyed one more hour în Gibraltar and a cable car tour even if the price would have been higher.

Really good experience overall. Would be loved an hour or so in Marbella, however. Anabel and Paco are both amazing!

Great guides, beautiluy scenary, money well spent. For sure recomend.