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A Weekend Trip to the Rock of Gibraltar

Since European road trips are our new favorite thing to do together, my husband and I decided to take a ride to visit the Rock of Gibraltar this past weekend.  Gibraltar is a British Overseas Territory, located at the southern tip of the Iberian Peninsula.  It shares its northern border with Spain, so we decided to stay in La Linea de la Concepción, and walk across the border into Gibraltar.  Keep reading to hear all about our trip!

Viña & Bodega Remsamen

Since we had all weekend to visit The rock of Gibraltar,  we decided to take a short detour on the way to Gibraltar and stopped in Monda, Spain to have lunch at Cafe Bar Luna, followed by a vineyard tour and tasting at Viña & Bodega Remsamen.  Remsamen is a small vineyard, owned and run by a nice couple from Holland, René and Marjolin.

The other tour groups scheduled for that day ended up cancelling, so we ended up having our own personal tour!  René and Marjolin were really thorough with describing the wine making process with us, and their vineyard was beautiful!

La Linea de la Concepción

Delicious food and drinks at aQa!

We stayed in an apartment we found on Airbnb.  It was really close to the border of Gibraltar, so it had a beautiful view.  For dinner the first night, we went to aQa, a waterfront Mediterranean restaurant.  It was a beautiful restaurant, with views of the water and the Rock of Gibraltar.  Both the food and drinks were delicious!  If you ever end up staying near the border crossing, you should definitely stop in for some drinks and a bite to eat.

 

The Rock of Gibraltar

The traffic headed into Gibraltar is CRAZY, so I would recommend you park your car in the lot on the Spanish side of the border and walk over. Overnight parking is €15. Make sure you have your passport.  Security isn’t super tight, but they do check for it when you pass through.

Cable Car headed up to the top of The Rock of Gibraltar

While Gibraltar is a small place, you probably won’t want to walk all the way from the border to The Rock.  We caught the #10 bus from the first bus stop inside the gate.  Round trip tickets from the front gate to the bottom of The Rock was €3 per person, round trip.

Once you get to The Rock, you have 3 options. You can walk, catch a cab, or take a cable car to the top.  We decided to do the touristy thing and take the cable car, but keep in mind that 1.) the wait will likely be at least an hour, and 2.) it costs about £22 (Gibraltar is part of the UK, so they take pounds) for round trip cable car tickets and entry into most of the attractions on The Rock.  If you know ahead of time that you want to take the cable car, you should purchase the tickets online before arriving.

Once you get to the top, there will be Barbary Macaques EVERYWHERE.  Some of them are super cute, but don’t be fooled;  you should never get too close to them and definitely don’t flash anything that is (or could be mistaken for) food.  That means no candy wrappers, no plastic bags, no styrofoam containers.  No one will enforce this, but these monkeys WILL jump on you to snatch your food.

Its easy to lose track of where you are in relation to the top of the mountain.  We got so distracted by the rest of the attractions, by the time we started thinking about catching the cable car back down, we realized the walk back up to the top would be way too much for my poor feet :(.  We ended up walking all the way back down, which was a great workout, but I definitely would try to arrange for a taxi if I had thought this all the way through.

Rendezvous Chargrill

Our bartenders at Rendezvous

Once we made it to the bottom of The Rock,  we were starving, so we made our way to the Ordnance Wharf.  It is a beautiful waterfront strip that has several nice restaurants and bars.  We bar hopped for quite a while, but our favorite was called Rendezvous Chargrill.  The food and drinks were great, and the service was awesome!  Roxana and Laura were our primary servers, and they were super funny and made sure we were well taken care of.

 

While brief, our trip to Gibraltar was super fun, and it was definitely worth the trip!  There was tons that we didn’t get a chance to do.  Have any of you been to Gibraltar?  What are some must-sees that you have?  It is a very short drive for us so we may definitely return!