Few points for those who want to make a day trip to Gibraltar:
1. DIY or package tour: No need for package or guided tour. You can easily buy return trip bus tickets (Malaga-La Linea-Malaga) from Malaga bus station. Total cost Euro11.80x2=23.60 for the round trip. Buses are on time, reasonably comfortable seating, you can see the Costa del sol and all the small towns along the coast.
2. Walking from La Linea bus station to Gibraltar: Once you come out of La Linea bus station, take a left turn, after few minutes you will reach the main road that is leading to Gibraltar, can’t miss it with the big rock in front of you.
3. Crossing into Gibraltar: follow the signs, show your passport, no check nothing, just follow the crowd.
4. From border to Gibraltar city center: You can take the red bus, day ticket (Hoppa ticket) will cost 2 Euro, one way ticket is 1.20 euro. So better buy day ticket. You can also walk to the town, should not take more than 30 min of leisurely walk. I saw the free blue bus at the border, not sure why everyone boarded the red bus, I also followed the crowd.
5. Traveling within Gibraltar:The blue Gibraltar bus is free, from market place you can take the bus no 2 to Europa point, on the way back, ask the driver to drop you near the cable car station. You can take bus no 3 from cable car station back to market square. I was told, bus no 1 goes to Moor’s castle/gate, I did not try it.
6. Cable car trip: Round trip ticket cost 9 pounds. I did not take the nature reserve ticket, was extremely tired by then.
7. Monkeys: There were too many warnings about how dangerous the monkeys were, not to take plastic bags or even back packs to the rock. I found the monkeys quite well behaving. It was rather the tourists who behaved like monkeys, invading their privacies.
8. Food: many eating places in La Linea or at Gibraltar town center
9. Customs tip: don’t buy too many cigarettes, I saw customs agents confiscating it from tourists, not a bad thing as it is bad for your health anyway.
10. Toilet tips: Bus station toilets are horrible in Spain, so better use toilets in restaurants.