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May 10, 2010
From journal Moor and More - Year One in Andalucía
Warner Robins, Georgia
May 25, 2004
We parked on the Spain side; their meters aren't like ours. You get a slip; when you are done, you put the slip in a machine, and pay it, then leave. I suppose you could just drive off, but I wouldn't want to risk it over there, would you??
You can tell that you aren't in Spain anymore. I'm going to opt for the politically correct and let you figure out why when you get there. We walked in and took the bus from the gate. You can walk, but keep in mind that you have to cross an airfield. . . really quickly as planes were landing as our bus was going across. . .
Once you get to the main area, you can shop ‘til you drop. There are some bargains there (watches, gold, and such), but they aren't as unique as the Spanish cities. We found mostly British pub food. If that is your thing you are in luck.
By this time, we weren't in the mood for much more touring so we didn't see the monkeys at the top of the mountain. After walking for a bit we took a double-decker bus tour and sat on the top. It was interesting.
I was glad to be back in Spain; it was a feeling that is hard to put your finger on. I just really LOVE SPAIN. I did get another stamp in my passport, but you have to ask for it.
From journal South Coast of Spain, Malaga
by Coronado Bob & Berie
April 18, 2004
From journal Spring on the Coast in Andalucia
April 1, 2004
Unfortunately, the tour we did was a little unimpressive. We got to Gibraltar around 11am and they let us go shop for 2.5 hours, though all you really need is 30 minutes. While during the tour, we felt like we were being rushed around.
From journal Club Marbella
Fort Worth, Texas
February 26, 2003
Gibraltar is a bustling area, from the old town to the financial district, but going to the top of the mountain is the real treat. The best way to do this, in my opinion, is to drive out to the lighthouse and grab a tour there. You cannot drive yourself.
The Barbary apes are furry little people, but have no fear. The family units are kept upside by regular food deliveries from the humans downside. The caverns, siege tunnels, and Moorish Castle are all worth the trip. Our very own President Grant was once a visitor to the siege tunnels, and one area within has a reenactment.
While once a military enclave, Gibraltar is largely civilian and tourist now. A full day should be devoted to the area. We only spent 5 hours and missed some things that would have been worth the time. An adventure in driving is available in old town with narrow streets and side roads.
From journal Driving around the Costa del Sol (Southern Spain)
by Jose Kevo
September 17, 2001
One of the first misnomers comes from the American Insurance Company's "Get a piece of the Rock" slogan and emblem which has the rock backwards. Gibraltor has a rolling slope into the sea while the highest peak with the sheer drop-off faces the mainland and the tiny airstrip tourists had to walk across after clearing customs. (Yes, you need passport and travel documents for here, too!) There's no love lost between the Brits and Spanish and even after Franco's death, the border remained sealed until the mid-80's leaving travelers to only arrive by plane or boat.
The town nestled along the western base of the mountain had about as much crammed into a small place as nature AND man could allow. The streets were heavily congested with standstill traffic and pedestrians. We were given free time to look around in this VAT-free shopper's haven. Trouble was, everything was priced expensively according to the British pound not to mention import tarriffs...even if it was only tourist junk. We were also on our own for lunch which was steeper than foods across the border.
Our group was shuttled by van for the rest of the tour which began at Our Lady of Europa shrine on the farthest tip of the peninsula. Clouds and smog made the mountain peaks of northern Africa barely detectable, but one clear distinguishable feature was seeing the unstated boundaries of where the blue Mediterranean clashes with the green Atlantic. Next was a quick tour of St. Michael's cave just short of the Rock's ridge. This natural wonder has been used over the years strategically for military posts and storage and now contains an indoor, under"rock" amphitheatre where concerts are held with perfect accoustics.
No trip to Gibraltor would be complete without a visit to see the Barbary Apes which are a scournful reminder to Spanairds. Supposedly, the British have long-maintained they will only stay in Gibraltor as long as the apes do. And according to our travel host, they go to great means to insure the apes' health and safety including an entire separate wing in the military hospital that's been set aside for their veterinary care. The apes were far from shy but appeared spoiled and tempermental. Signs warned to be cautious near them which most tourists foolishly ignored.
The ride back down the mountain included passing by what's left of the Moorish Castle ruins built by the Arabs in 1333 and loaded with pock-marks from numerous cannonballs and attacks over the years. We were dropped off having to cross the runway again and clear customs before dispersing fellow travelers back along the coast.
From journal The Costa del Sol - My Mediterranean Favorite
Charlotte, North Carolina
February 2, 2001
The hardest part of the trip was getting up to ready for the VERY early pickup time of 5:30 am!!! Since I was the first passenger, I had my pick of seats and chose the middle seat, having the most legroom and the added 'comfort' of the side of the vehicle to give my body support as I wanted to sleep during the early morning ride to Seville.
We arrived in Seville in the late morning. An almost two hour stop gave ample time for sight-seeing and a delicious lunch of the local Catalan cuisine, complete with a tasty Sangria. The architecture in Seville is mostly the traditional Baroque style, majestic with sharp lines of sight and whitewashed exterior walls.
Back into the van for the final leg of the journey to Gibraltar. Even though I enjoyed a good lunch, I was able to stay awake for the long drive to the coast.
I have seen pictures of the Rock of Gibraltar, but there is no substitute for being there. As you approach from afar, the Rock begins to come into view, growing with each passing kilometer. I was reminded of my first trip to Mt. Rushmore and the excitement of that first sighting after rounding the bend. This was no different. In the blink of an eye you leave Hispania and are suddenly transplanted into the British Empire.
The flavor of Gibraltar reminded me so much of Berlin before The Wall came down. A very international, cosmopolitan flavor; an island isolated by it's borders.
We had five hours here to enjoy this 'outpost' in whatever fashion we desired. Of course, the favorite activity of visitors seems to be shopping. Lots and lots of shopping. But because I have always had such a fascination with The Rock, I attempted to photograph it from every conceivable angle! I think this is the first time I have shot one entire roll of film on one feature or landmark!
But I did get my shopping in, adding to my stamp collection, which was lacking in the stamps from this remote outpost. After taking more photographs and mailing postcards to the four corners of the world, I snuck in a couple more pale ales and a great fish dinner before trudging back to the van for the LONG ride home. Needless to say, I was asleep before we even re-entered Spain and barely remember waking up for a bathroom break in the darkness of the early winter night.
The trip FINALLY around 11:00 pm (the joy of being picked up first was now into the disappointment of being dropped last). Exhausted, yet extremely pleased and satisfied, I gave Eduardo a handsome tip. He was a great driver and guide, but then, that is another journal story all together!
From journal Pre-Christmas in Portugal
Hoboken, New Jersey
June 30, 2000
From journal Southern Spain