Gibraltar
Gibraltar

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  • Day15

    Gibraltar

    July 12, 2018 in Gibraltar ⋅ ☀️ 22 °C

    We drove from Ronda to Gibraltar this morning. It is a two hour drive through a mountainous region of the most spectacular countryside. Southern Spain in rugged and grand. As we descended from the mountains towards the Mediterranean Sea, we passed many luxury resorts in the hinterland with fantastic views of the famous coastline.

    We parked the car in La Linea and walked through customs into Gibraltar. The small region of Gibraltar is still English territory and has been since 1770. The strategic location is a key to controlling the maritime trade in the Mediterranean Sea. Half the worlds maritime trade passes through the narrow straight of Gibraltar, which is only 8 miles across (14km). One can clearly see Africa from Gibraltar and vice versa.

    The famous rock of Gibraltar took me by surprise. I was not expecting something so huge. It is a monster which just rises out of nowhere. It is a memorable landmark in an amazing location. It has seen a huge amount of history. Many naval fleets have passed by and some have even attacked the ruling power in Gibraltar, from Roman times right up to WW2. Hitler hatched a plan to take Gibraltar from the Brits but it failed. It was code named Operation Felix.

    We had lunch at McDonald’s near Gibraltar and were amused that the drive through was called McAuto.
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  • Day638

    Britain for the day (Gibraltar) #14

    March 26, 2018 in Gibraltar ⋅ ☀️ 14 °C

    The sun was shining and we were going on a day visit to Britain; Gibraltar to be precise! Gibraltar is the 14th country we'll explore on our 5 year tour. We made fast progress along the urban corridor that inhabited this stretch of Spain's southern shore. Doing the rat run along the dual carriageway, interspersed frequently by glorietas (roundabouts) we passed by luxury apartments clustered together in white and peach, palms and sculpted citrus trees and signs for Costa del Golf.

    The distinctive landmass grew larger each time we glimpsed it and we started to see GBZ number plates. Approaching the low flat land linking Gibraltar to Spain, we were funneled into lanes leading to the border. It was slow going but we waited in line with other visitors and Gibraltarians. When at a standstill we watched the driver ahead of us passing money to a man wearing a high-vis vest. By the time he reached our window Vicky had removed the passport wallet and her phone from the dashboard. 'You going to Gibraltar? You drive?' he asked. 'Yes' we replied, '20 Euros', 'What!?!' At our incredulous response (and possibly the sight of the dashcam filming him) the chancer made a hasty retreat, on to the next naive looking visitor! After crawling by two people begging with boards written in English we drove across the flat expanse of Gibraltar airport's runways and on to passport control. Lanes for vehicles with and without customs formalities merged into one; what a nightmare it must be for residents on the daily commute! Passports checked, we were pulled over and asked about the van's height and about the canoe. 'Is it for personal use? Are you just coming for the day? No engine?' They spoke to us in acceneted English and were keen to convey that camping was not allowed anywhere in Gibraltar, but did so in a friendly manner, telling us we could park anywhere and wishing us a good visit.

    As we drove around the narrow, shore hugging road, there was a high concentration of houses. All signs were written in English, although speed limits were still in kmph not mph and we were driving on the right. Another reminder of home came as we entered the Dudley Ward Way tunnel. It was two way but its low sides required us to drive in the middle, so we were thankfull it wasn't busy.

    It was easy to find a spot in the large car park at Europa Point and easy to catch the number 2 bus into Gibraltar city. Prices were displayed in both pounds and euros but we'd decided to have a 'British Day' so excitedly paid in the former. Will even got an over 60's discount! Now that we were formally in Britain, we weren't rankled by hearing English spoken and seeing it written, as we had been in Malága. Walking through town Vicky got a little over enthusiastic, snapping photos of red post boxes, British looking litter bins, Union Flags advertising today's British newspapers and British fish and chips. We chose The Royal Calpe pub for ours, washed down with a pint (yes, pint) of London Pride. All these things may seem very trivial and normal to those reading back in the UK, but having spent so much time away over the last 21 months, to have so many things that remind us of home, so far from England, was a novelty we enjoyed for the day. We'd probably have quite a different point of view if we were visiting as part of a 1 week holiday.

    After spending a little time pointing out highstreet shops such as Marks and Spencers, Debenhams, Early Learning Centre and Specsavers, we dodged the taxi drivers offering us lifts and took the cable car to the top station (there was no way we could have climbed up after those fish and chips!). The lift operator was friendly, pointing out the Spanish enclave in Africa as we rose up the steep hill to 412m and into the nature reserve. He explained that out of the 300 wild Barbary Macaques who occupy the upper rock, some could be cheeky, riding on taxis and hanging out in the busier tourist spots in hope of being fed, despite the authorities providing enough food for them everyday.

    Exiting the cable car into the Upper Rock Nature Reserve, we encountered these cheeky monkeys almost straight away. It was captivating to see them at such close quarters and reassuring that they appeared relaxed around us. Many were sedentary, sitting quietly on a wall or the road (Vicky nearly tripped over one she hadn't noticed!). Others were more interested in preening one another and the babies enjoyed wrestling and plucking bunches of yellow wood sorrel for a munch. We'd been told not to touch them and respected this, but looked on disapprovingly as other tourists made grabs for the babies as they posed for a photo.

    When we did manage to peal our eyes away from these amazing primates, the views were stunning. Below us the city hugged the lowland bordering the Straights of Gibraltar. Mainland Spain was on one side and Africa seemed so close on the other! It was exciting to see, but even more thrilling to think that we planned to be over there in Morocco in Martha Motorhome in two year's time!

    Huge steel cargo ships coalesced at the pinch point where the Atlantic met the Mediterranean, some of them moored, others set on their course. Consulting the map we began to make our way towards the Sky Walk; a glass platform erected on the far side of the steep cliff. Standing on it, we could see the ground falling away under our feet to the intensely azure sea 400m below. It was a good experience but busy, so we continued along a quieter path which afforded us views back over the jagged ridge of Gibraltar Rock. From then onwards there were few people, although we were occasionally passed by taxis that clustered around attractions such as St Michael's Cave and the Ape's Den half way down.

    The day was hot and we were keen to get back to Poppy, but the descent seemed to take a long time, especially so because of the poor signage. Reaching the city we soon found a bus stop for the number 2 and were on our way. It was interesting listening to the local Llanito being spoken. A mix of English, Spanish Genoese and some Portuguese, people would flip between this and pure English or Spanish.

    Thanks to the way we'd ventilated the van and raised its reflective blinds it had remained comfortable for Poppy and Vicky took her out while Will bought ice creams from the seller parked nearby. To end our time in Gibraltar we spent 20 minutes looking out at views of Africa and Spain from the (very windy) viewpoints at Europa Point.

    As we drove back through the tunnel and over the airstrip we reflected on what a good day we'd had in Gibraltar. It had been a little busy, but we'd enjoyed the novelty of spending our pounds, eating fish and chips and drinking a British pint. The Barbery Macaques had been spellbinding and the views of the rock itself and of the intercontinental straights were incredible.
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  • Day91

    Ein Felsen um den sich alle kloppen

    January 10 in Gibraltar ⋅ ☀️ 12 °C

    Gibraltar = Felsen plus Affen - für Jeden was dabei! Hin da! Wir verlassen also für einen Tag Spanien in das britische Überseegebiet um diesen Felsen anzusehen um den sich die Nationen kloppen. Immerhin haben sie keinen Linksverkehr, dafür dürfen wir direkt nach der Passkontrolle über die Fluglandebahn Gibraltars fahren es ist einfach nur wenig Platz auf dem Felsen. Auf einmal sieht man dann die typisch roten Doppeldeckerbusse und es kann mit Pfund bezahlt werden. Mit der Seilbahn geht es für uns bis hinauf auf den Felsen. Von hier hat man einen atemberaubenden Überblick bis hin nach Marokko. Hier wohnen allerdings auch ca. 250 Berberaffen, die wohl einzige frei lebende Primatenart in Europa. Diese feiern ihr Dasein auch gerne mal indem sie Touristen anspringen, deren Rucksäcke öffnen und sich bedienen...so wird unser gemütlicher Spaziergang zum teilweise recht spannenden Spießroutenlauf. Linda versteckt sich immer möglichst hinter den Kindern....Read more

  • Day45

    Gibraltar

    June 22, 2018 in Gibraltar ⋅ 🌙 22 °C

    Heute sind wir in das dritt kleinste Land der Welt gefahren - Gibraltar. Wir haben noch in Spanien geparkt und sind dann zu Fuß über die Grenze. Es geht über die Flugzeug Start-und Landebahn. Diese wurde aus Platzmangel ins Wasser gebaut und ist sozusagen die Grenze zu Spanien. Sobald man über die Grenze kommt sieht man rote Telefonzellen, Schüler in Uniform und alle sprechen Englisch. Nachdem wir von tausend Taxifahrern angesprochen wurden, ob sie uns auf den Berg fahren sollen (für 30€ pro Person), haben wir dennoch entschieden zu Fuß zugehen. Man hätte aber auch mit der Seilbahn fahren können. Nach vielen Stufen haben wir es bis auf den "Upper Rock" geschafft. Hier gibt es Affen. Die Affen sind wohl irgendwann aus Afrika nach Gibraltar gekommen und haben sich dort angesiedelt. Als Moritz sich neben einen Affen setzten wollte um ein Foto zu machen, kam plötzlich ein anderer angerannt und hat versucht den Reißverschluss vom Rucksack aufzumachen. Wahnsinnig schlaue Tiere. Wir hatten zum Glück Sonnenbrille und Cappis verstaut, diese Sachen sind sonst schnell weg.
    Ein tolles Erlebnis.
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  • Day7

    Gibraltar - On top of the Rock

    June 11, 2018 in Gibraltar ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    After our airport experience we walked through the city and up the rock. There we found a suspension bridge, monkeys and really great views to Africa. After our walk we enjoyed a great Fish and chips snack in downtown Gibraltar before we went back to Spain. All in all a great day!

    Nach unsere Flughafen Erfahrung sind wir durch die Innenstadt und auf den Felsen gewandert. Von dort hatten wir einen super Blick auf Gibraltar, Afrika und die spanische Küste, haben Affen gesehen und eine Hängebrücke überquert. Nach der Wanderung gab es dann noch eine Portion Fish & Chips bevor es zurück nach Spanien ging. Zusammenfassend: Ein super Tag mit ein bisschen Sonnenbrand!Read more

  • Day7

    Rock of Gibraltar

    May 8, 2018 in Gibraltar ⋅ ☀️ 64 °F

    It has been 1 week since we left Phoenix! Today we drove to Gibraltar, one of the highlights we really wanted to see while in the Costa del Sol. It is only about 1½ - 2 hours’ drive, and a very scenic one, with mountains all the way along the Mediterranean coastline. Traffic is very heavy going across the border, so we parked on the Spanish side, took photos of our first view, and walked across airport runway.

    The runway is used by everyone: pedestrians, motorized traffic, and airplanes. When a plane is due to land, the gates close, and a street sweeper clears the runway. Then the plane lands and taxis back over the runway to the airport. Pilots have to have special clearance for this airport because the runway is so short and there are a lot of cross winds. If a pilot doesn’t make the landing in two tries, s/he has to fly to the airport at Malaga to land. It was a weird feeling to walk across the runway to go between the border and the town.
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  • Day7

    On Top of Gibraltar

    May 8, 2018 in Gibraltar ⋅ ☀️ 66 °F

    We took a tour in a small van with 5 other people. The driver lives in Gibraltar, and gave us a British view of life there. He drove us up the Rock for wonderful views. The Pillars of Hercules is the name of the two mountains on either side of the straits; the other pillar is in Africa, of course --see picture 3. We saw how ships get refueled in the harbor, and at one high point is a skywalk, a clear platform we walked out on for an even "better" view if one can handle it!Read more

  • Day7

    Gibraltar Commercial Ventures

    May 8, 2018 in Gibraltar ⋅ ☀️ 68 °F

    We had a huge pub lunch in Irish town, named for the two boatloads of Irish women brought in to provide companionship for the troops who were bored and resorting to drink which was "bad for discipline".

    Remnants from old military buildings are re-purposed for residential and commercial use. Low taxes and few government regulations stimulate many business ventures, such as online gaming, banking, and tourism. Basically the community is a commercial venture so all projects have to be paid for without a loan.Read more

  • Day7

    More sites on Gibraltar

    May 8, 2018 in Gibraltar ⋅ ☀️ 68 °F

    St Michael’s cave is a natural grotto that is now used as an auditorium. One stalagmite fell years ago and you can see a cross-section of it. We also saw the Barbary macaques, tail-less monkeys that are descendants of some pets likely left here by sailors years ago. A ruined Moorish castle is also among the sites.Read more

  • Day198

    The Rock

    October 30, 2017 in Gibraltar ⋅ 🌙 18 °C

    Spent today with an old friend from Guernsey, Dave Bruce, and he have us a personalised guided walking tour of the Rock. We walked to the Moorish castle, Siege tunnels, Windsor bridge, Jews gate, Mediterranean steps, and St Michaels Cave. It was a great way to see the island and to learn a lot more about it as well as working up a decent sweat climbing the steps. We are now planning on riding the cable car to the top tomorrow and visiting the cave and tunnels on the way back down. Here are pictures of the stunning views and of the famous monkeys. Will hopefully get some more photos to show you. We took a cycle ride around the edgeish yesterday, I say ish because in some cases you are actually in the Rock rather than on the edge as you have to pass through three different tunnels, we passed some of the less touristy sites as well including the crematorium tip and the scrapyard. A lot of the current Rock is actually reclaimed land you might be able to see the old walls in some of the pictures and anything outside of these is on reclaimed land. Most of the lowlying land to the North and West is reclaimed only the old docks used to be there.Read more

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