Places of Interest and Things to do in Gibraltar
Information about places to visit and things to do in Gibraltar, with details of some of the must-see sights...
St Michael’s Cave
In the Upper Rock Nature Reserve at 300m above sea level there is a network of limestone caves. Cathedral Cave is the largest chamber, equipped with a concrete stage and seating for 100 people. It is often used for concerts due to its natural acoustics. Lower St. Michael’s Cave can be visited by appointment only, as an experienced guide is required.
The caves are open every day; entry tickets to the site include visits to two other tourist sites – The Moorish Castle and The Great Siege Tunnel.
- Open: 09:30–19:15
The Moorish Castle is a medieval fortification built in the 8th century AD by the Marinid Dynasty. The castle includes various buildings, gates and fortified walls. The most dominant features are the Tower of Homage and the Gate House.
The castle is located at the northern end of the Upper Rock Nature Reserve. A Nature Reserve entrance ticket is required, which also allows access to the Moorish Castle, St.Michael’s Caves and the Great Siege Tunnels.
- Open: Daily 09:30–19:15
The Alameda - Gibraltar Botanic Gardens
The Alameda is home to approximately 1,900 species and subspecies of plants, flowers, birds, butterflies and wildlife.
The gardens also have various areas to hire for functions and events and can be used as a venue for weddings.
Within the Gibraltar Botanic Gardens is the Alameda Wildlife Conservation Park, the only conservation park in Gibraltar. The animals found in the park have been confiscated by Gibraltar Customs, or are unwanted exotic pets, or are on loan from other zoos.
The park is situated just above the cable car station at the top of the Botanic Gardens. It can also be accessed from Europa Road, just past the Rock Hotel.
- Alameda Wildlife Conservation Park
Tel: 200 412 35 / 540 174 49
Open: Daily 10:00-17:00 except Good Friday, National Day (10 September) and Christmas Day
At the most southern point of Gibraltar is Europa Point, where there are a number of places of interest including:
- Europa Point Lighthouse, built between 1838 and 1841
- Harding’s Battery, built in the 19th century and displaying the guns that could fire projectiles to the other side of the Straits of Gibraltar
- Ibrahim-al-Ibrahim Mosque, also known as King Fahd bin Abdulaziz al-Saud Mosque or the Mosque of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques
- Shrine of our Lady of Europe discovered in August 1946 by the Spaniards and converted into a Christian shrine in honour of Our Lady as Patroness of Europe
- Nun’s Well, an underground water store used in the 19th century to make beer
The original construction dates back to the late 15th century when Franciscan fathers settled in the area. Following their departure in the early 18th century, after it was captured by the Anglo Dutch fleet, it became the official residence of the Governor of Gibraltar in 1728. The Convent is situated towards the southern end of Main Street. A changing of the Guard ceremony takes place several times during the day.
- Read more about The Convent
To the east of Gibraltar is Catalan Bay, a small bay and fishing village with one of Gibraltar’s most popular beaches.
Main Street Gibraltar
This pedestrian street is home to many shops and restaurants; the road begins at Casemates Square and continues to Southport Gate, built in the mid 16th century.
In this area visitors can discover the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, the Pillars of Hercules, and Irish Town, a sub-district of Main Street.
Most shops are open from around 08:30–18:00 and closed on Sundays.
Gibraltar has many sites to visit related to its long military history.
- Find out more about Visiting Museums & Monuments in Gibraltar
- Find out more about places to visit on the official Gibraltar tourism website