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“How to Hike the Mediterranean Steps from a Cruise Ship”

Mediterranean Steps
Ranked #2 of 76 things to do in Gibraltar
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Owner description: Though this walk is not fit for the out of shape, the Mediterranean Steps promise wondrous views to reward hikers who complete the climb.
Reviewed 15 January 2018

Yes, you can hike the Mediterranean Steps--the quintessential Gibraltar nature experience for the hale and hearty—even if you’re coming from a cruise ship. As long as you have 6-8 hours in port, don't get daunted by the fact the starting point is a hard-to-find outpost some 3 miles from the Cruise Terminal.

Take the 15” walk out of the Terminal along N. Mole Rd into town to the roundabout. Across the street is the Bus Station at 1 Corral Rd. Save your strength for the hike by taking the bus that goes south on Europa Road past the cable car/botanical gardens. Tell the bus driver you’re going to the Gibraltar Ornithological and Natural History preserve and ask him to let you off as close to Jew’s Gate/Cemetery as he can get. This will be at or near the base of Windmill Hill Road. Walk on this winding road for 15,” bearing left at all times. (Guards will prevent you from going right into the military area.) Don’t skip the free Jew’s Cemetery at the bottom, which has been recently-reconstructed to honor the long-ago presence of Jews in Gibraltar. Then walk 50’ further up the hill to the Preserve ticket booth, paying the small fee to enter. You will be given the choice of the easy paved road in or the Mediterranean Steps with all their warnings. Do not falter! My husband and I--in our late 60s but fit—have been forever glad we took the challenge. While arduous, there were many places to rest. And a few years ago they reworked some of the steps and added rails, making them a bit less onerous. It was so high up at one point that I looked down at the ocean and asked, “Why are there toy boats down there?” only for me to suddenly and surreally realize they were full-sized vessels. Bring a written nature guide and you’ll be able to identify plants and birds indigenous only to Gibraltar. You’ll also see caves and ruins of military buildings. We wove up and down the backside of the Rock, eventually ascending the full 426m to the top where we could look across the strait and see Africa. At the top, boom, were the aggressive Barbary Apes, the only monkeys now native to Europe. Head further to see people coming up on the cable cars or in vans with the pride of knowing you did it on foot. You will remember this adventure for the rest of your life!

6  Thank charlesthebarles
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Reviewed 7 January 2018

High heeled shoes are no good for this walk so come prepared! The walk from Jews gate up to the top is hard but the views make it worthwhile. There is lots of history on the way up in terms of caves and building left over from the wars. Even in January it was hot work walking up and we did not take any water which was a mistake! Once you are at the top it is an easy walk back down to the town via a road.

Thank StuartUK30
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Reviewed 3 January 2018 via mobile

Parked in the cable car car park and walked up to Jews Gate. Steep road walk to warm the legs and then once you get to the barrier then the challenge really begins. Most of our group completed in 20-30 mins from this point, sweaty and out of breath but having enjoyed the challenge. Mix of clothing from walking shoes to running trainers and going up you will be too hot whatever you wear but the walk coming down with the breeze will cool you quickly so make sure you have layers. Short walk back from car park to read algae square for a pint to celebrate our achievement. All in car park to car park with a short stop at the top was about 90mins - 2 hrs. But we also destroyed to do the rope bridge on the way down and put a few more steps in.
Really enjoyed it. It’s not the greatest challenge for anyone used to hill walking but a good way to spend a short afternoon on the rock.

5  Thank Prmillerman
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Reviewed 28 December 2017

Certainly one of the best ways to see the southern end of the rock. It took us under 3 hours from town to hike the trail, then back down Charles V wall. Not for the unfit though!

Thank DanB007
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Reviewed 12 December 2017

nice cable car ride up to the top of the rock
a nice walk back down in the sunshine, interesting watching all the monkeys and their habits!!

Thank 523DavidD
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