The Rock, and a little bit of UK

Gibraltar Travel Blog

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view from the top toward Spain
After breakfast, we were able to get our car out of the garage outside the city wall and drive inside. We got our luggage and checked out. Driving inside the city wall´s small streets was fun and interesting, the mini served us well by being small and nimble, and I didn´t have as much trouble going uphill leaving the town as I did the first night here. We said goodbye to Tarifa and drove about 45 minutes down the coast to Gibraltar. First we saw a lot of modern wind turbines lining the hillsides out of town, and then we were able to spot the Rock in the distance. There was quite a line of cars going to Gibraltar. We follow the instructions to drive to near the border and parked in a garage, then walked across the border to Gibraltar, which belongs to the UK, so we have now touched down on 4 countries on this trip.
first glimpse of the Rock of Gibraltar

It was sunny, but windy, a nice day. We took the bus #3 which goes the length of Gibraltar to the end, Europa Point. We start with a wait to cross the airstrip. This is a unique experience of a road crossing the runway of an airport, and the cars had to wait when airplanes land or take off! The airport was the only way in and out of Gibraltar when Spain and Britain feuded over the ownership of the Rock, and Spain closed the border. We had barely a glimpse of the Moorish castle which had been here over a thousand years. You had to look fast, since it is a short trip! Along the way, there were war memorials, the one main street of Gibraltar, we saw the cable car station and next to it the botanical garden, then out of town there were some really nice houses, and then at the end, was the King Fahd Mosque, and the lighthouse at Europa Point. We got off the bus at the end and walked around to admire the view of the coast, Africa, and the light house. Then we took the bus back to the cable station, and went up to the summit of the rock. There is a view terrace on top, with great view in all directions (from various levels of the terrace). It was very windy on top! And we also walked to see the monkeys and the ruins of some old fort. We did not hike down the summit, which would have taken too much time, and we were heading to Granada for the night!
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view from the top toward Spain
view from the top toward Spain
first glimpse of the Rock of Gibra…
first glimpse of the Rock of Gibr…
Gibraltar in the distance
Gibraltar in the distance
in front of the airport at Gibralt…
in front of the airport at Gibral…
entering Gibraltar
entering Gibraltar
crossing the airport runway! this …
crossing the airport runway! this…
old building in Gibraltar
old building in Gibraltar
the King Fahd mosque at one end of…
the King Fahd mosque at one end o…
Europa Point, the end of the line …
Europa Point, the end of the line…
good view at Europa Point
good view at Europa Point
good view at Europa Point, Africa …
good view at Europa Point, Africa…
at the light house at Europa Point
at the light house at Europa Point
at the light house at Europa Point
at the light house at Europa Point
at the light house at Europa Point
at the light house at Europa Point
me at the light house at Europa Po…
me at the light house at Europa P…
on the cable car to the top, looki…
on the cable car to the top, look…
monkeys everywhere on the rock
monkeys everywhere on the rock
The peak and the town of Gibraltar
The peak and the town of Gibraltar
Kevin at the peak of the rock
Kevin at the peak of the rock
little kids didnt like the monkey
little kids didn't like the monkey
View from the top of Gibraltar tow…
View from the top of Gibraltar to…
Gibraltar
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