Top 5 Day Trips from Gibraltar: Explore Beyond the Rock
19 July 2023
Gibraltar offers many attractions from a unique mix of cultures to fascinating natural and historical sites but sometimes you just want to get out and see what lies beyond. If you’re looking to explore the area around Gibraltar there are plenty of great day trips offering a mix of history, nature and culture, here are our top five picks:
First on our list is the scenic Ronda, with a drive about two hours north of Gibraltar or take the incredible train ride up from San Roque to take in some breath-taking views. Perched high above the El Tajo gorge, Ronda is known for its beautiful views and historical attractions. Don’t miss the Puente Nuevo, a stone bridge spanning the gorge, with breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains. The city’s rich history is reflected in Spain’s oldest and most revered bullring, winding cobblestone streets and traditional Spanish architecture.
A fast ferry from the port of Algeciras in northern Gibraltar takes you across the Strait of Gibraltar to Tangier, Morocco, in about an hour. This is a vibrant multicultural city, touching on Moroccan, French and Spanish influences together. Visit the bustling Grand Sokko market, wander the narrow streets of the Kasbah, or enjoy traditional Moroccan cuisine in one of the city’s many fine restaurants Remember to bring your passport for this transcontinental tour! We have more information on a day trip across the Strait of Gibraltar here.
Jerez de la Frontera, Spain
About an hour and a half from Gibraltar, Jerez de la Frontera is a city steeped in Andalusian culture. Known for sherry, horse breeding and flamenco. Visit one of the city’s many sherry bodegas, the Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art, or attend a live flamenco show. Jerez is also home to the Alcázar, a well-preserved Moorish castle well worth exploring.
If you are a fan of wind and water sports, Tarifa should be on your list. Just over an hour from Gibraltar, this coastal town is Europe’s windsurfing and kitesurfing capital, thanks to its strong winds. And if you’re into adrenaline sports, you’ll find a great range of sports climbing routes mapped out just past the Bolonia Beach by the small village of Betis with incredible views down over the sand beaches with Tarifa and Morocco in the distance. In contrast, Tarifa’s beautiful beaches and clear blue waters are also ideal for a relaxing day in the sun. Don’t forget to visit the old town with its narrow winding streets and charming white washed houses.
Less than two hours from Gibraltar, Malaga, the birthplace of Pablo Picasso, has a variety of cultural and historical attractions. Visit the Picasso museum, explore the stunning Malaga Cathedral and wander the well-preserved Moorish Alcazaba. Malaga is also a great place to enjoy delicious Andalusian food, and is especially famed for its fresh seafood.
Why not make the most of your stay at Bentley Holiday Apartments. Apart from the wealth of activities and attractions on the Rock, these day trips offer a new perspective and give you the opportunity to explore the rich culture and stunning surroundings of this fascinating part of the world. Indulge yourself and make the most of your time of your stay in our self-catering apartments to discover breath-taking beauty on one or all of these short day-trips.