Day trip to Gibraltar from Spain

posted by Russ, June 14 in gibraltar, travel with tags , , , ,

View of Rock of Gibraltar from Spain

View of Rock of Gibraltar from Spain

After a relaxing two days in Tarifa, (well mostly relaxing, with the exception of my day trip to Tangier), I had one last day and night before an early morning flight out of Málaga. All along I had really been hoping to make it to Gibraltar, but I wasn’t sure how it would work out. But of course as so often happens in travel, everything fell into place perfectly for me to make the run over into Gibraltar on my way out.

I woke up early and caught one of the first buses out of Tarifa. I am writing this a while after the trip, if I recall I think I took the wrong bus. The idea was to catch a bus going direct to La Linea de la Concepcion, but I’m pretty sure I took one going to Algeciras. But from there it was a piece of cake to get to La Linea. In Tarifa there was some confusion, because it is so small, and there is not a real bus station, so there is no one to ask for information. But it turned out to be still only a few euros for the entire trip, and maybe 45 minutes or so. La Línea de la Concepción is the small town that borders Gibraltar, so it has to be your jumping off point before the border crossing. If you are coming from Tarifa my advice is to hop online and check the bus schedules. If you are coming from Algeciras, it should be no problem, there are enough buses that run. I’m pretty sure from both Tarifa and Algeciras you can get to most nearby cities, including La Línea, Algeciras, Málaga, and I’m pretty sure even Cadiz and Sevilla too. But you will want to hop online to check that, and of course from Algeciras there will be more options.

Barbary Macaque on railing. Rock of Gibraltar

Barbary Macaque on railing. Rock of Gibraltar

The station at La Linea is small, but they have lockers which makes a quick run to Gibraltar very easy. I locked up my backpack, grabbed my daypack, and walked over to the border. It was a 5-10 minute walk, and crossing the border is simple. You just walk across, I didn’t see anyone getting checked. I didn’t have long enough to explore the caves at the end of the penisula, however I did want to be sure to get up and see the barbary macaques that live on the “rock”, as it’s called. So from the border I hopped the bus into town, which was only a Euro or two. It seems that most places in Gibraltar take both Euros and British Pounds, so don’t bother exchanging money if you’re only there for a day. I took the bus to where the cable car that takes you up to the top of the rock. The ticket for the cable car was a tad expensive, but as I was only there for the day I had no problem paying the 15 or so Euros.

Once at the top it is an amazing view. You can see the Atlas mountains of North Africa, and you can see much of southern Spain as well. Looking out over the Strait of Gibraltar is quite a sight. But of course the real stars of the show are the macaques that have made their home up there. It seems quite an odd place to see wild macaques, but apparently there are a few families that live up there, arriving there at some point from their native habitat in the mountains of North Africa. All the signs say to beware of them, since they are so used to people they know to associate humans with food, and I watched one try to snatch someone’s water bottle. I guess they also will take your bag and run away if given the chance.

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Originally posted on Sunday, June 14th, 2009 at 2:39 PM .

2 Responses to “Day trip to Gibraltar from Spain”

  1. lucian says:

    I found your comment very useful. Everywhere over the internet, people say that you need to take a taxi to go to Gibraltar from La Linea, but I’m glad to hear that there is a bus also. Do you have enough time to climb the rock by foot in 3-4 hours? I will also go to Malaga the same day and I hope to get the bus on time.
    Thank you

    • Russ says:

      From the La Linea bus station, I walked to Gibraltar. It’s not far, you just walk out and across the airport runway. I did not climb the rock by foot, I walked into town and took the tram up, but I had plenty of time to do so, and still get back to La Linea for the bus. I also locked my bags in a locker at La Linea station, which made it really easy, I only took my day pack to Gibraltar with me.

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