Gibraltar

Daytrip from Ronda to Gibraltar

Most of the visitors who stay in Ronda for a few days or more also want to see other parts of Andalucia, and the tiny British colony of Gibraltar with its quaint charm is often high on the list.

Many British expats who live in Ronda or the Costa del Sol will visit a couple of times a year to shop in Morrisons supermarket, but visitors want to see the rock and her Barbary monkeys, Europa Point, or just wander around and experience the curiously British colony that confuses with it’s native Spanish dialect and English fish and chip shops.

Things to do and see in Gibraltar include the Moorish Castle, St Michael’s Cave, Main Street, Alameda Gardens, Our Lady or Europe, the 100 tonne gun, the Mediterranean Steps, the Great Tunnel at Catalan Bay, the Great Siege Tunnels, Parson’s Lodge, Casemate Square, the Lighthouse at Europa Point, the Southport Gates, Trafalgar Cemetery, the Cable Car Ride, or head out on a Dolphin and Whale Tour.

Getting to Gibraltar from Ronda can be as easy as hopping in your hire car and taking the Gaucin road through to Jimena de la Frontera and then follow the signs for La Linea, but the easiest and less stressful way is to hop on the train from Ronda to Algeciras, then take a 30 minute bus to La Linea and walk across the border.

Be aware the entering Gibraltar means leaving Spain, so you will need a satisfactory form of government issued ID, in the case of British citizens this means a passport or service ID, and in the case of continental Europeans your normal identity card. Spaniards can cross the border using their DNI.

Despite there being a border crossing, most pedestrians are waved through by police if you hold your ID up for them to see. Returning to Spain involves passing through the red or green customs lanes, and random searches should be expected, especially if you attempt to use the green lane and you have bags of shopping. Tobacco is cheaper in Gibraltar and a lot of people try to re-enter Spain with more than their allowance.

Entering and leaving Gibraltar by car can be a real hassle with queues often timed between an hour to two hours as customs officials inspect vehicles. Quite frankly, unless you really need to take your car into Gib, don’t bother, there is plenty of parking on the La Linea side.

Trains from Ronda leave at 07:30, arriving in Algeciras at 09:15, and the next bus leaves Algeciras for La Linea at 09:40 meaning you could be in Casemate Square at 10:30 for breakfast. Return trains from Algeciras leave at 15:00, 16:00 and 19:00 so ask at the bus station for an ‘horario’, a printout of the bus service times.

Gallery of Gibraltar Photos

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