Gibraltar
Charles V Wall

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  • Day78

    Flughafen + Äffchen

    October 22, 2019 in Gibraltar ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    Natürlich dürfen in meinem letzten Post aus Gibraltar die Äffchen nicht fehlen. Auch heute haben uns schließlich die Berberaffen auf der Wanderung begleitet. Anschließend bin ich noch zum Flughafen gelaufen. Dieser bildet, wie schon berichtet, die Grenze zwischen Gibraltar und Spanien. So lang keine Flugzeuge starten oder landen, kann man die Bahn überqueren und nach Spanien bzw. Gibraltar gehen.Read more

  • Day15

    Gibraltar

    December 8, 2019 in Gibraltar ⋅ ☀️ 15 °C

    Wir haben auf dem großen Parkplatz kurz vor der Grenze geparkt und sind dann in ca 2 Stunden bis zur Bergstation der Seilbahn gewandert. Die Aussicht war toll, den Affen zuzuschauen, die die Menschen komplett ignoriert haben, auch. Wir haben uns eine Seilbahnfahrt nach unten gegönnt und dann, typisch britisch, Fisch und Chips genossen. Um bei dem teuren Parkplatz die 36 € Tagespauschale nicht voll zu machen, haben wir abends noch ein paar Meter auf einen Parkplatz verlagert, der auch kostenlose Ver- und Entsorgung geboten hat.Read more

  • Day18

    Day 18: Gibraltar

    March 5, 2017 in Gibraltar ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    Decided to take my destiny into my own hands today and get out of the house. One place I'd always been curious to see was Gibraltar, and now that it wasn't too far away, I decided I'd drive down and take a look. Shandos investigated the options and decided she wasn't interested, and would stay behind to mind the animals. So I got up fairly early, breakfasted and showered and hit the road just after 9am.

    It was about a 2.5 hour drive from Lucena down to Gibraltar, and was freeway the entire way aside from maybe the last 5 kilometres. A few tolls which was annoying (and unexpected), since I was just following Google's directions! Arrived in the Spanish border town of La Linea de la Conception about 11:15 and parked the car in a large carpark a few hundred metres from the border. I'd read that your best option for a day trip is to park on the Spanish side and walk over, as the queue for cars crossing was usually quite slow (it looked slow this morning!), and parking is both scarce and expensive in Gibraltar.

    But with my UK passport I walked straight through with no lines, and only the most perfunctory of passport checks. The next part was quite exciting, as the main runway of Gibraltar airport directly bisects the main road into and out of the town. So I had to walk across! Thankfully it's not a busy airport, with only around 6 aircraft movements each day. Just as I finished crossing the bells started ringing and the gates came down. I got excited thinking I'd see a plane come in, but it was a false alarm as almost immediately afterwards the bells rang again and the gates went up.

    I headed into town, on foot rather than forking out several pounds for a bus. The old town is very English, with the building styles and trimmings all very reminiscent of the home country. Plus all the signs were in English and the brands were all English (Marks & Spencer, Natwest etc). Lots of nationalist slogans around which surprised me a bit - "Gibraltan and proud, British like the pound" and so on. Very fiercely pro-British, though I guess it should be expected given both referendums (1967 and I think in the 90s?) returned a "stay in the UK" result.

    Unfortunately all of the shops were closed since it was Sunday, so I had to content myself with window shopping instead. Still very un-used to that aspect of European life. But the upside was that all the pubs (which were of course open) had Sunday roasts available, so I picked out a nice looking place and ordered, only to discover the Sunday roast wasn't ready until 1pm! You can take the territory out of Spain, but...

    I had English fish & chips instead - I didn't want to waste 45 minutes waiting for the kitchen, as I had a Rock to climb!

    But I wasn't walking up, there's a cable car that takes you to the almost-summit. Seen in profile, the Rock actually has three summits, two about the same height at the northern and southern ends (412 metres), and a slightly lower one in the middle, which is where the cable car dropped us off. Great views during the climb - the mountains of Africa in one direction, Spain and the Costa del Sol in the other, and the UK underneath us. The weather wasn't quite co-operating; more high cloud causing washed-out photos, but it was clear further out so I kept up hope!

    Had a good look around from the observatory on the central summit - you actually can't go to the higher two as they're still active military installations, complete with radar domes, antennae and razor wire. Loads of monkeys around as well, which Gibraltar is famous for. Not sure exactly what type of macaque they are, but they were tail-less so very different to the ones we were used to in Asia.

    I hate monkeys. They're fairly aggressive, and snatch at bags and dive into pockets. I even saw a few people get jumped on, though they weren't hurt or anything. They're very quick to bare their teeth, and I'm always worried about being bitten and getting hepatitis or something. A few cute little baby ones around, but I generally steered clear.

    I wanted to check out some of the older military installations still visible on the Rock so I did some bushwalking - it's actually an enormous area. After a long and arduous climb I made it up to O'Hara's Battery, where the 9.2" guns faced out to the Mediterranean Sea. Unfortunately for me it was closed! But I managed to do some scrambling nearby and found my way to just under the military installation at the southern summit which had a great view. And unlike the cable car area, I had this all to myself - until a couple of British expats arrived with their dogs, having walked the entire way up!

    I started wandering back down towards the cable car station, stopping off at St Michael's Cave on the way. The Rock is chock-full of caves, tunnels, supply trains and hidden bunkers, both man-made and natural, though obviously many are still off-limits to the public. I was interested in checking out the caves, but it was 10 pounds for entry so I politely declined!

    Back to the cable car station and by now it was getting late in the afternoon and I had a long walk and drive ahead of me, so I bought a Coke, had one last look around and then descended. Long walk back through town, across the runway, across the border, then back to the car around 4pm. And off I went, back down the freeway from whence I came! One last look back to see the Rock bathed in sunshine - naturally!

    Two and a bit hours drive back was uneventful, though a bit rainy in places as I went through mountains. Southern Spain is surprisingly rugged, much more than I expected. Shandos had done a bit of cleaning in my absence but not much else! Dogs all happy to see me of course.

    Had a great day and I'm glad that I went. It's a strange place; not too touristed but I guess it's the winter months. Probably 75% of the tourists were Brits, and most of the rest were Spanish. The old town area is nice, but outside of that it's mostly grim apartment buildings on reclaimed land which reminded me a lot of Hong Kong. Not somewhere I'd want to live I don't think!
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  • Day20

    Nächtliche Durchfahrt Meerenge Gibraltar

    March 11, 2018 in Gibraltar ⋅ ⛅ 12 °C

    Um 23.30 Uhr durchfahren wir auf Straße von Gibraltar die danach benannte Meerenge, die den Atlantik mit dem Mittelmeer verbindet. Eingerahmt wird diese bekannte Meerenge von Spanien, der britischen Kronkolonie Gibraltar im Norden und Marokko und der spanischen Exklave Ceuta im Süden. Die Straße von Gibraltar ist 14 - 44 km breit und ca. 60 km lang. Leider sehen wir nur die Lichter der Städte, außerdem regnet es hier. Von unserem Ausgangshafen Rio de Janeiro sind wir nun schon 8300 km Richtung Europa gefahren.Read more

  • Day305

    Gibraltar

    November 1, 2018 in Gibraltar ⋅ ☀️ 15 °C

    Mosaic of reclaimed land and historical quarters...
    You realize the impact of global climate change when the weather is exactly the same in UK and south of Spain 😂
    Gibraltar is a very strange place where locals use half English and half Spanish words in the same sentenceRead more

  • Day4

    Gibraltar

    September 7, 2019 in Gibraltar ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    Nachdem ich gestern nur von der spanischen Seite auf Gibraltar blickte und dann Richtung Estepona weiter fuhr, entschloss ich mich heute doch noch mal zurück zukommen und die englische Seite zu erkunden. Es war auf jeden Fall die Rückfahrt wehrt. Alleine schon wegen den in Europa einmalig frei lebenden Affen sollte man Gibraltar einen besuch abstatten.Read more

  • Jun28

    Gibraltar

    June 28, 2018 in Gibraltar ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    Gibraltar ist mindestens 1 Tag wert. Wir sind auf den Rock of Gibraltar gewandert und haben 8h damit verbracht verschiedene Routen zu gehen um andere Blickwinkel auf das Festland und das (endlose) Meer zu finden. Neben den zahlreichen Affen uns Vögel die einem folgen findet man immer wieder Kriegsdenkmäler und andere Wahrzeichen. Diese einmalige Aussicht ist den 8h Marsch definitiv wert. 🏝️🗺️Read more

  • Day41

    Maquaces Gibraltar II

    November 17, 2019 in Gibraltar ⋅ ☀️ 12 °C

    Sonntags früh am morgen wanderten wir auf Gibraltars Hügel - gute Entscheidung denn so früh mussten wir noch keinen Eintritt bezahlen

    Erhofft hatten wir uns ein paar Sichtungen der Affen, was wir dann jedoch erlebten übertraf unsere Vorstellungskraft davor.Read more

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