This post has been updated on January 18th, 2021
Spend 1 day in Gibraltar is one of the best things to do in your Tour of Andalusia.
As a lot of people say Gibraltar is a slice of Britain in the sunshine of Spain. Britain has its space on the Mediterranean sea.
Gibraltar is situated in Spain, it is just a small part, a little piece of land with a full rock straight in the middle. Gibraltar is one of the smallest countries in Europe.
We have been in Gibraltar in our tour of Andalusia, going up and down the Mediterranean coast of Spain. We went from Malaga to Cadiz and passed by Gibraltar for one day visit. Travel to Gibraltar from another Spanish country is a high suggestion we will give to you.
One day in Gibraltar can you let you understand how it works to be in a State far a lot from the mainland. Gibraltar is under the Reign of the Queen of England.
It is a state under the Commonwealth. It may only be 6.8 Kilometers squared but is an own state.
1 day in Gibraltar will have a full to-do list. The British reign of Spain has a lot to give to its visitors, you can explore the World War II tunnels, going straight to the beaches.
You can hike the Rock of Gibraltar or use the Cable Car up to the Rock and visit the monkeys.
Gibraltar is not really famous as a holiday destination, but is worth to be visited, not everyone knows but you can even visit the beaches of Gibraltar and enjoy the sunshine.
Gibraltar is really a unique place. There are not a lot of places in the World you can say are in the territory of a Country, speaking and acting as another country.
This is our Gibraltar tourist map
Trips from Costa del Sol to Gibraltar
As you know and tell you above a lot of times, Gibraltar is not part of Spain. It is on Spanish territory but is an own nation under the control of England.
If you are planning your next trip to the Costa del Sol, the part of Spain most known as Andalusia or Andalucia, you want to miss a day trip to Gibraltar. 1 day in Gibraltar is more than enough to visit this small piece of land.
Malaga to Gibraltar day tours
Rent a car to Malaga Airport is one of the solutions to visit Andalusia in an Epic Road Trip.
Rent a car in Spain is cheap and easy, we have done a lot of times and found no problem at all.
If you are considering to rent a car, you need to know all the highways in Spain are free, but you need to pay a tax if you want to reach Gibraltar.
Be sure your company cover a trip to Gibraltar, it is considered a new country, so most of the rental companies don’t allow you to go over the Spanish Board.
If your rental contract doesn’t allow you to go over, don’t be afraid, you still can go to Gibraltar.
You will leave your car in the city close to the Board, it is called La Linea de la Conception.
If you feel unsafe to leave the car in one of the free parking space around the small town, there are a lot of car spaces to the parking lot before boarding.
Bus Malaga Gibraltar
If you are not capable to drive or you don’t want to rent a car in Andalusia, don’t worry, you are still able to make your day trip to Gibraltar.
There is a lot of Bus from Malaga to Gibraltar, almost one every 15 minutes from the main bus station of Malaga.
Malaga – Gibraltar is one of the main route served by the best bus companies in Andalusia. It helps every day the commuters to go to work to Gibraltar.
The cost of the bus Malaga Gibraltar will be really cheap. It will cost you around 10$.
We suggest you check all the Bus available for the route Malaga to La Linea de la Conception.
It is the main town on the board with Gibraltar.
The route doesn’t expect any change and it will take you from 1.50 hours to 3 hours.
Gibraltar bus tour
There are a lot of offers for Gibraltar bus Tour, but you need to be careful and avoid scam.
Be sure every time you are planning a Bus Tour in advance to visit, book and pay just from the official site.
If you arrived already in Gibraltar, or you don’t feel to book a tour online, we will suggest you ask to the information point once you pass the boarding of Gibraltar.
Just after the check-in of Gibraltar, there is a small official point of the Tourism of Gibraltar.
It will provide you with a map of the land, the main sightseeing of Gibraltar and the most useful information about the places to see and the official tours.
Gibraltar guided tour price starting from just 10£ and you will visit all the best sightseeing of Gibraltar.
Just after the boarding of Gibraltar with Spain, there is a lot of advertising about the Hopon Hopoff Gibraltar Sightseeing Bus, taking you from the boarding point to the main tourist attraction places.
Go to the Top of Gibraltar
One of the main attractions of Gibraltar is the Rock.
The big mass looking at Africa Continent, dividing Europe to Marocco. One thing we are sure about your trip to Gibraltar, it is “You can’t come to Gibraltar and not climb the famous rock of Gibraltar”.
There are a lot of ways to reach the top, rising 426 meters from the sea.
You will reach the top, where are the famous apes with a cable car or with Gibraltar taxi Rock tours.
You can also drive, hiring a car and reaching the top of the huge limestone rock.
The last option is the one we advise against it, is not easy to reach the top and the streets are not the best.
From the top, you will enjoy an amazing view.
We choose to conquer the top of the rock with the cable car, the easiest way.
At the top, as well as stunning vistas, there are over 200 Barbary macaques, which are the only population of monkeys in Europe.
Gibraltar Cable Car cost
To reach the top of the Rock you can take a ride on a Cable Car. It is one of the best things to do in Gibraltar in one day trip.
It will take you from the main point in Alameda Gardens, it is on the Southern end of Main Street and reachable by bus directly from the board bus stop.
To go to the top of the Rock will take you only 6 minutes, but the view from the top and during the trip to reach the sum is amazing and unreliable. It will run until 7.15 pm with the last way down from the top.
In some period of the year the Cable car will shout down early, so be sure to check the website before your trip.
Gibraltar one day itinerary
1 day in Gibraltar is completely affordable, it is small but rich in things to do. Even if most of the people think Gibraltar is an expensive place, it is not in reality. It has an affordable cost for the holiday apart for the accommodation.
Drink a soft drink in the main square of the country will cost you no more than the equivalent of 2.5 euro or 3 at maximum.
In Gibraltar, the local currency is the Pound Sterling, like in the United Kingdom.
If you are a British citizen, you can easily pay with your debit or credit card without seeing your bank account charged by abroad fees. (Check with your bank before your trip abroad).
If you want to pay cash, all the main shops will accept indifferently euro and pound sterling. On the bus, once you have passed the boarding you will take the bus to the city centre.
The ticket cost 1,5£ or 3 Euro. Yes, for the euro is more expensive!
If you want to avoid the typical British bus on two decks, you can reach the city centre in 20 minutes walking. It is nice and you will enjoy the walking through the Gibraltar airport runway, the amazing Arbour and the defence walls.
Founded in 1930, the Gibraltar Museum encompasses history, culture and the natural world. It takes visitors on a journey back in time to the first known inhabitants of the area — the Neanderthal people, over 127,000 years ago, and then forward to the Phoenicians, the Carthaginians, and later, the Moors, who at one time ruled Andalusia.
Planning a day trip to Gibraltar and maybe you are wondering whether it’s a destination worth visiting? We say, yes!
Read here everything you need to know about the best things to do in Gibraltar. We start with a little bit of background info about the history and culture of Gibraltar.
We then also share our best tips for visiting Gibraltar for a day, including what to know when crossing the border of Gibraltar, where to park, which currency to use, etc. I would also recommend tours and hotels you can pre-book.
The best rock tour Gibraltar is worth to be paid, the view from the top is amazing and you will meet friendly Macaca and Apes den just at the top. The Authorities feeds the animals just at the top, avoiding they get down to the rocks.
There is an official rock tour available just out of the boarding, we will suggest you check even a tour taking you to the Europa Point.
It is amazing to think to be in direct eye contact with the African Continent and just the sea separate you from Marocco.
So make sure you read all the way to the bottom!
The Ruins of A Moorish Castle
As part of Andalusia, Gibraltar was dominated by the Moorish. It was a population coming from Northern Africa and was in southern Spain for over 800 years. The Moorish have been dominated part of Italy, Sicily and Sardinia as well. The last one has in the own flag the 4 Moorish, the sign of big domination.
The Moorish made up a lot of building in the whole South Spain, in Gibraltar as well. The build not just castles but even gates, walls and towers.
The Moorish Castle Complex is called “Tower of Homage and is dating back to the 11th century.
On the top of the Castle still has the British flag like Admiral George Rooke put up in 1704 when Gibraltar firstly became under the British Reign.
Why spend your holidays in Gibraltar – 1 day in Gibraltar
Gibraltar is one of the best places to spend the holidays for British people. It is a great place to be if you are an American or a British citizen.
You can have all the usual comfort of a British country but with the sunshine of Spain and the Mediterranean weather. It is well known as one of the best retirement places of British citizens.
Is common to think to be in Uk, as Gibraltar look like the best English cities, London or Manchester.
It has all the common aspect of an English town, but with a window on the sea and with the sun up in the sky.
It has a lot from the Spanish culture even the way they act, it is a proper mix of culture, you cannot compare Gibraltar with other English cities. Gibraltar even if it is just 7 Kilometers squares have a lot of beaches.
Best Beaches in Gibraltar
Gibraltar is really small, it is true, but it has actually six beaches, not too big but well served.
If you are a kind of person like the sandy beach you will have to head to Sandy Bay. Other sandy beaches are Eastern Beach, Catalan Bay, and Western Beach.
We suggest you visit the Catalan bay, it is really amazing with a cute village on the back.
Gibraltar has a small airport on the sea, it is close to the Eastern Beach.
Unusual things to do in Gibraltar – 1 day in Gibraltar
Alameda Botanic Gardens
Gibraltar is a small British gem in the middle of Spain. It has a lot of unique places to visit and stay. One of the best places to visit in Gibraltar is the Alameda Botanic Gardens. Is unusual to find a wide range of species of flora in this part of Europe.
In the Alameda Botanic Gardens, you can find a wide selection of palms, pines and olives from Asia, Australia, California and South Africa. Check the website of the Botanic Gardens for special events and concerts.
II World War Tunnels
If you like the story of World War II, you will find suggestive to visit some sites in Gibraltar. As you know Gibraltar was an important and the strategic land on that period. Gibraltar was the place where the ally ships and vessels supply themselves. Through the tunnels, Gibraltar provides essential storage, defence and shelter to the allies.
The cannons of Gibraltar
At the top of the rocks, there is a massive cannon used to be the main defence of Gibraltar. No one could pass the strait of Gibraltar without been attacked by the British defence. That’s why Gibraltar was strategically important in World War II.
Visit the Ibrahim-Al-Ibrahim Mosque
The Ibrahim-Al-Ibrahim Mosque is a proper Mosque in South Europe. It is going straight in the list of unusual things to do in Gibraltar due to the proximity to the shrine of Our Lady of Europe.
The Cristian and Muslim structures, near each other, are the symbol of the religious harmony reign in Gibraltar. Gibraltar is the point of junctions between the Arabic culture and the Old Continent culture.
The Cathedral Of The Holy Trinity
This church is more oldest than Gibraltar State, it was built in the 1830s. It is the mixed style of a European church and Islamic influences. It has its own place in the list of unusual things to do in Gibraltar.
There is the presence of the decoration and the porticoes typical of Islamic buildings, with the organ, the religious statues and the wooden altar typical of a Catholic church.
Is Gibraltar a Worthy day trip Destination?
Gibraltar is not the place you will fall in love with. It is not a common British country, and not Spanish neither. Gibraltar is a hybrid, pushing tourism as much in the last few years.
There are not big places to visit, but on the other side, you will see a different culture in one place living together. You will also enjoy amazing landscapes from the top of the rock, limiting your view to two Continents and three different Nations on a clear day.
So at the end of all the considerations above, Gibraltar is worth to be visited in surrounded by an epic road trip. It is also a tax-free place, what is mean you will not pay allowance tax for your purchase in Gibraltar. It will affect tobacco and alcohol especially.
Things to know before visiting Gibraltar – 1 day in Gibraltar
You will need the Passport of valid ID
Importantly do not forget your passport or a valid ID when entering Gibraltar. You are entering a new country, so you will need your identification documents to be allowed to visit it.
Gibraltar is not part of the Schengen Zone and entering Gibraltar means that you are crossing a proper border.
For entering the country you will do the same procedure you usually do while at the airport, scan the passport or present your ID.
Avoid enter in Gibraltar with the Car
We will suggest you to avoid to drive into Gibraltar at all. It could be really annoying to wait for the long queue for the car controls and documents controls.
However, It will be a really amazing experience to drive crossing the Gibraltar Airport runway.
It is not easy and also really pricey to park the car in Gibraltar, that’s why we highly suggest leaving your car in one of the parking spaces out of the Board.
Cars Controls and Allowances
Remember you don’t need to pay anything for entering in Gibraltar with the car, avoid and beware of the scam. There are a lot of people trying to sell you a pass to Gibraltar, asking money for it.
It is a scam, there is no fee that you need to pay for visit Gibraltar in your car.
Park the car on the Boarding for Free
Be on a budget is what we love.
If you are driving to Gibraltar from Malaga like us in our Epic Road trip of Andalusia, try to find the best place to park your car.
The queue will be really long in Gibraltar, the price of the parking inside the country will be really high. Try to find available spaces free around the town of La Linea.
Check on your GPS for Queensway or for Reclamation Road.
If you feel unsafe to leave the car on the street, check for the Ocean Villages, where you will find a paid secure parking.
The Gibraltar Currency – 1 day in Gibraltar
Gibraltar is part of the United Kingdom currency. If you still have some pound sterling, issued by the bank of England you can use to make payments in Gibraltar.
The pound is not the only currency accepted in Gibraltar. On the bus from the board, you can pay in Euro or in Pound, it will accept just cash, no card payment are allowed.
We suggest paying in sterling if you have the chance, do they try to get more advantage to charge you in Euro.
The only things are you won’t be allowed to pay with Gibraltar currency in Uk, so be aware
Budget Accommodation In Gibraltar