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Gibraltar - Sendero de los Escalones Mediterráneos (Mediterranean Steps), 2017-05-30

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Distance
6.43 mi
Elevation gain
3,189 ft
Technical difficulty
Moderate
Elevation loss
3,524 ft
Max elevation
1,292 ft
TrailRank 
73 5
Min elevation
-1 ft
Trail type
One Way
Time
5 hours 19 minutes
Coordinates
865
Uploaded
April 23, 2020
Recorded
May 2017
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1,292 ft
-1 ft
6.43 mi

near Rosia (Gibraltar)

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Beautiful and surprising route, of moderate level, through the Rock of Gibraltar. In it, we combine tourism, walking through the streets and squares of the city, with hiking, climbing the Rock by the Mediterranean Steps Path ("Mediterranean Steps").

We arrive at La Línea and leave the cars in the Santa Bárbara Parking, next to the entrance gate. We pass by the Control Station (Gibraltar Passport Control Station) and cross the airport runway. We continue down Winston Churchill Avenue and Cross Sacrifice to Market Place. There we take bus number 2, which takes us to Punta Europa (Europa Point), at the end of the Rock.

In Punta Europa, we visit the Harding's Battery and enjoy beautiful views of the Strait, the Bay of Algeciras, the Rif mountains and the Rock itself. We also contemplate the Ibrahim-al-Ibrahim Mosque and the interesting Lighthouse from 1841. Then we return to the bus stop and take another one, from which we get off at the third stop, which is on the corner of Windmill Hill Road, where our route of trekking.

We go up a very steep paved road and enter a Mediterranean scrubland forest. We passed a Guardhouse (you might have to pay a euro, but they didn't charge us) and entered the Upper Rock Nature Reserve, created in 1991 and expanded in 2013. This reserve has great biogeographical, landscape and historical value. , and is one of the great attractions of the Rock. The reserve retains a large number of batteries and defenses from World War II and was closed to the population during that period.

Upper Rock has a network of trails and we enter the Mediterranean Steps here, the Mediterranean Steps, a path that zigzags through the eastern and almost vertical part of the Rock. This path, with steep slopes and through a network of tunnels and steps carved into the rock, spectacular viewpoints, numerous defensive military buildings, and under the cawing of hundreds of seagulls, leads us to the crest. There, in a perfect vantage point, is the O'Hara's Battery (330 m), a magnificent viewpoint of the Atlantic and the Mediterranean, the peninsular and African coasts.

After resting and regaining strength, we continue along a narrow road near the ridge. We turned off on a trail to the right towards the Douglas Lockout, but it was under construction. we continue
through a more touristy area, Monkey Feeding Station, among clever monkeys, vehicles and visitors. Further on, we arrive at the Cable Car Top Station, another excellent viewpoint of the Bay of Algeciras, the city of Gibraltar, the Airport, etc.

From here, we descend along the aforementioned road between Mediterranean vegetation and some military buildings. We pass by a World War II tunnel and close to the Castle Moorish. We leave Upper Rock and go down the steep stairs of Castle Street towards Main St. We go along Main St. to The Convent, Governors Residence and back in the direction of the border, where we finish this interesting excursion.

Note.- The accumulated slope is about 500 m, but the gps tend to distort the vertical walls of the Rock.

Waypoints

PictographWaypoint Altitude 627 ft
Photo ofBunker Photo ofBunker

Bunker

PictographWaypoint Altitude 1,214 ft
Photo ofCable Car Top Station, 330 m Photo ofCable Car Top Station, 330 m Photo ofCable Car Top Station, 330 m

Cable Car Top Station, 330 m

PictographWaypoint Altitude 41 ft
Photo ofCasemates Square Photo ofCasemates Square

Casemates Square

PictographWaypoint Altitude 20 ft
Photo ofCatalan Bay Photo ofCatalan Bay Photo ofCatalan Bay

Catalan Bay

Photo ofCathedral of Saint Mary the Crowned Photo ofCathedral of Saint Mary the Crowned

Cathedral of Saint Mary the Crowned

PictographPanorama Altitude 1,050 ft
Photo ofDouglas Lookout,  270 m Photo ofDouglas Lookout,  270 m Photo ofDouglas Lookout,  270 m

Douglas Lookout, 270 m

PictographWaypoint Altitude 9 ft
Photo ofGibraltar Passport Control Station

Gibraltar Passport Control Station

PictographWaypoint Altitude 652 ft
Photo ofGoat's Hair (Twin Caves), 196 m Photo ofGoat's Hair (Twin Caves), 196 m Photo ofGoat's Hair (Twin Caves), 196 m

Goat's Hair (Twin Caves), 196 m

PictographWaypoint Altitude 78 ft
Photo ofHarding's Battery. Europa Point (Punta Europa) Photo ofHarding's Battery. Europa Point (Punta Europa) Photo ofHarding's Battery. Europa Point (Punta Europa)

Harding's Battery. Europa Point (Punta Europa)

PictographTunnel Altitude 48 ft
Photo ofLandport Tunnel

Landport Tunnel

PictographPanorama Altitude 633 ft
Photo ofLookout, 185 m Photo ofLookout, 185 m Photo ofLookout, 185 m

Lookout, 185 m

PictographWaypoint Altitude 1,102 ft
Photo ofLord Airey's Battery Photo ofLord Airey's Battery Photo ofLord Airey's Battery

Lord Airey's Battery

PictographWaypoint Altitude 69 ft
Photo ofMain St Photo ofMain St

Main St

PictographWaypoint Altitude 575 ft
Photo ofMediterranean Steps, 200 m Photo ofMediterranean Steps, 200 m Photo ofMediterranean Steps, 200 m

Mediterranean Steps, 200 m

PictographWaypoint Altitude 1,212 ft
Photo ofMediterranean Steps, 335 m

Mediterranean Steps, 335 m

PictographWaypoint Altitude 519 ft
Photo ofMilitary Heritage Centre, 167 m

Military Heritage Centre, 167 m

PictographCastle Altitude 290 ft
Photo ofMoorish Castle Photo ofMoorish Castle

Moorish Castle

PictographWaypoint Altitude 1,136 ft
Photo ofO'Hara's Battery, 330 m Photo ofO'Hara's Battery, 330 m Photo ofO'Hara's Battery, 330 m

O'Hara's Battery, 330 m

PictographWaypoint Altitude 10 ft
Photo ofOficina de Aduanas

Oficina de Aduanas

PictographCar park Altitude 1 ft
Photo ofParking Santa Bárbara (La Línea). Mapas de la ruta Photo ofParking Santa Bárbara (La Línea). Mapas de la ruta Photo ofParking Santa Bárbara (La Línea). Mapas de la ruta

Parking Santa Bárbara (La Línea). Mapas de la ruta

PictographMonument Altitude 61 ft
Photo ofThe Convent, Governors Residence Photo ofThe Convent, Governors Residence

The Convent, Governors Residence

PictographTunnel Altitude 879 ft
Photo ofTunnel, 235 m Photo ofTunnel, 235 m Photo ofTunnel, 235 m

Tunnel, 235 m

PictographWaypoint Altitude 341 ft
Photo ofWindmill Hill Rd., 95 m Photo ofWindmill Hill Rd., 95 m Photo ofWindmill Hill Rd., 95 m

Windmill Hill Rd., 95 m

Comments  (6)

  • Photo of fxg2153@gmail.com
    fxg2153@gmail.com Apr 23, 2020

    La ruta es maravillosa por el paisaje del estrecho y las vistas sobre la bahía

  • Photo of palocorto1
    palocorto1 Apr 23, 2020

    Hola, fxg2153, estamos de acuerdo, es una ruta sorprendente y con vistas espléndidas. Gracias por la valoración y comentarios. Saludos

  • Photo of Ruta Senderista
    Ruta Senderista Apr 24, 2020

    I have followed this trail  View more

    Ruta muy completa con visita turística incluida

  • Photo of patricia.atienzacuevas
    patricia.atienzacuevas May 5, 2020

    Las fotos son increíbles y todo tan bien explicado que dan ganas de ir. Genial!!!

  • Photo of Maxàlouest
    Maxàlouest Mar 15, 2022

    ¡Holà! Soy un periodista francés que viene en Gibraltar en una semana. ¿Es posible discutir con vosotros? Soy en busca de excursionista del Rock, ¿concéis uno?
    Gracias y buen dia.
    Maxime

  • Photo of palocorto1
    palocorto1 Mar 20, 2022

    Hola, Maxàlouest, no somos expertos en las rutas por el Peñón de Gibraltar. Sólo hicimos esta excursión. Hay varias rutas y están bien señalizadas. No conocemos a senderistas expertos en el Peñón. Gracias por pensar en nosotros. Sentimos no poder ayudarte. Saludos cordiales.

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