Monkey business at Gibraltar

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To Gibraltar...

I had a base camp in Spain close to Marbella where I stayed one week. Mainly I was there for playing golf but who has enough energy to play every day especially because the course went up and down on the mountains! So, I decided to spend one day driving the third slowest vehicle on the earth to Gibraltar and back. The snail machine was a rented Ford Focus :(

About two hours drive (150km) from Marbella to Gibraltar was not so bad, some road tolls were collected but the roads weren't too crowded. My more experienced friend advised me to leave the car on the Spanish side of the border which I did. When I saw the never ending queue about 2 km before the border, I decided to abandon the vehicle and start walking. I found easily a parking place (cost some euro).

Gibraltar Airport is just next to the border line
I have no idea for how long others had to stay in the queue but I assume it would have taken hours. I simply walked through the border.

Amazing thing is, that just next to the border line there is an airport and the runway. Two aeroplanes landed just when I was going over the runway... luckily other traffic was stopped while the planes were on the runway. Then I walked across the runway - there can't be many places where you can do that!

My mission to Gibraltar was to see famous monkeys or Barbary Macaques as they officially are named. So I walked straight to the cable car station and went up on the Rock of Gibraltar. There were not so many people going to the same place because it seemed to be some kind of off season but anyway, I had to wait my turn quite a long time (about 1 hour).

Barbary Macaque checking tourists
The return ticket was GBP 9.00 (11 euro). Later I realised that I payed too much because I walked down from the Rock. Obviously, there are not so many people who does that - they sell only return tickets.

And there the monkeys were waiting for tourists and their bags and backpacks! I must admit that those creatures are both cute and kinda scary looking dudes at the same time, especially the big ones had really nice teeth. One lady lost her purse, there was something edible inside and that's what the monkeys are hungry for. Water bottles were appreciated valuables too. She got the purse back - without candy bars. Somehow, they know where the food is, I assume they smell the food.

I ate a sandwich and drank a soft drink safely inside the cafe.

The steps...
One huge Macaque was looking at me behind the window, I'm convinced that it checked if I put something yummy inside my backpack! Which, I did not do!

The view was amazing. The sun was shining and the weather was clear. You could easily see all the way to Africa!

I decided to walk a bit around and found an artillery museum (O'Hara's Battery). I know something about artillery and therefor found the museum very interesting for me. After the museum visit I found a fancy looking path through the nature reserve. There was a map - a lousy one but a map though which showed that the path leads down back to the city. The path was called the Mediterranean Steps.

I must say that the steps were for sporty people. The path was quite difficult and it took about an hour to walk down. I'm used to walk and I've done some mountain climbing, so I didn't suffer too much. It was a nice and peaceful route - nobody else but me there. I didn't see any snakes :( and the monkeys lived on the top of the mountain, so there were no dangerous situations during my walk.

It was late a'clock when I arrived back to the city centre. I ate some junk food, sent some postcards and walked to the border. Now the queue of cars and hundreds of motorbikes was heading back to Spain! Cleaver me, walked straight across the runway and the border, found the vehicle and started to drive back to Marbella direction.

Mission "Monkey" accomplished. 

spocklogic says:
Like a little 'Planet of the Apes' here.
Posted on: Mar 28, 2012
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To Gibraltar...
To Gibraltar...
Gibraltar Airport is just next to …
Gibraltar Airport is just next to…
Barbary Macaque checking tourists
Barbary Macaque checking tourists
The steps...
The steps...
Definitely, Im in Britain :)
Definitely, I'm in Britain :)
The border
The border
Crossing the runway on foot! No pl…
Crossing the runway on foot! No p…
Well, that went before!
Well, that went before!
The city central
The city central
The cable car to the Rock
The cable car to the Rock
Up on the Rock (426 metres)
Up on the Rock (426 metres)
What a view, Mediterranean Sea
What a view, Mediterranean Sea
Yellow-legged Gulls
Yellow-legged Gulls
The watchman
The watchman
A baby Macaque
A baby Macaque
Wanna pet her/him... I didnt!
Wanna pet her/him... I didn't!
A baby!
A baby!
Little cousin
Little cousin
Thats me :)
That's me :)
Dont ask, I dont know what this …
Don't ask, I don't know what this…
Thats Africa on the other side!
That's Africa on the other side!
OHaras battery
O'Hara's battery
...for big guns
...for big guns
Inside the engine room of OHaras…
Inside the engine room of O'Hara'…
OHaras Gun
O'Hara's Gun
For sporty ones (like me)
For sporty ones (like me)
...and the path...
...and the path...
...down, not exactly a short cut!
...down, not exactly a short cut!
The mosque and Africa on the oppos…
The mosque and Africa on the oppo…
The Rock
The Rock
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