The Cable Car – Top of the Rock.
If you think that Gibraltar is an impressive sight from the ground or even from the sea, wait until you see it from above! The views from the Cable Car’s Top Station, located 412 m above sea level, are truly spectacular and it will take you only 6 minutes to get to the top.
The base station can be found alongside the Alameda Gardens at the southern end of Main Street. Once at the top you will find three terraces, each offering a unique viewpoint over the stunning surroundings. Stretched out beneath you will see two continents, two bodies of water and three countries. An impressive sight in anyone’s book!
It is at the Top of the Rock where you begin to understand and appreciate Gibraltar’s strategic geographical location and the important role it has played throughout history. If you are interested in learning more about Gibraltar’s fascinating history and wildlife diversity do not miss out on the Multimedia Tour, which you can pick up at the Cable Car Top Station complex. This personal state-of-the-art, Interactive hand-held Multimedia Guide is included in the price of an adult ticket. (Commentary is available in any one of seven languages: English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Swedish, and Portuguese.) It will provide you with all sorts of interesting anecdotes, about Winston Churchill, the Moorish Castle and even Gibraltar’s famous apes, as you wander around the terraces.
A visit to Gibraltar would not be complete without meeting our most famous of residents, the Barbary macaques. You will find our tailless monkey at the Cable Car Top Station, and they will be more than happy to pose for a photograph. However, please be advised that although they look cute and furry, they are wild animals and must be treated with caution and respect. They are very capable of inflicting serious injury if provoked. Do not attempt to touch or feed them. They have a keen sense of smell and are expert pickpockets!
For the more energetic, a very pleasant walk from the Top Station will take you into the Nature Reserve. St Michael’s Cave is a 20-minute downhill stroll away and is well worth a visit. Other sites of interest include the Great Siege Tunnels, the “City Under Siege” Exhibition and the Moorish Castle. Entrance to all the above sights and the 100 Ton Gun are included in the Nature Reserve ticket, which you can purchase separately from the Cable Car base station or, alternatively, from the souvenir shop at the top station.
Also located at the Cable Car Top Station is the Top of the Rock Café where you can enjoy a bite to eat whilst enjoying the spectacular views. The Souvenir Shop is stocked with a wide range of unique gifts and souvenirs that are not available in town. Look out for the ‘unique to the Top of the Rock’ stickers.
If you are thinking of celebrating a wedding or a special occasion during your visit to the Rock, the Mons Calpe Suite also located with in the Top Station complex can be hired for private functions. Ask a member of staff for a viewing of this spectacular venue right to the Top of the Rock or contact the event coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Cable Car is open 7 days a week from 0930 to 1915hrs. Last Cable Car down 1945hrs. Except between 1st November & 31st March 0930-1715. Last Cable Car down 1745. The Cable Car will not stop at the middle station between the months of April and October (inclusive). No reservation needed. Cable Car runs aprox every 10 to 15 mins throughout the day. ID required in exchange for use of Multimedia unit.