Visiting Gibraltar

Trip Start Apr 01, 2012
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Trip End Oct 01, 2012


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La Sierrecilla Caravan Park

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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Yesterday  morning the 19th of June we departed Ronda and drove to Gibraltar. A magnificent drive with some beautiful views. We could have driven a faster route but this was worth the little extra time. Gibraltar does not have any caravan parks and neither does the area around it. All hotel accommodation I think. Still we did find one park on the net and after a bit of mucking around and hoping for something closer we had no option but to book in that park. It was fairly old but not too bad. It was only for one night after all and we would be spending the rest of the day in Gibraltar. The park is situated about 8km from Gibraltar with not much public transport so the four of us booked a taxi there.
The British colony of Gibraltar is like 1960's Britain on a sunny day, with lots of fried egg and chips eateries. In British hands since 1713, it was the starting point for the Muslim conquest of Iberia a thousand years earlier. Spain has never fully accepted UK control of the island but, for the moment at least, talk of joint sovereignty seems to have gone cold. Inhabitants speak English and Spanish and all signs are in English. Passports are required to enter the colony as well.
Once we entered Gibraltar we were a little disappointed at what we saw, nothing special to talk about and almost a little tacky. The airport runway incorporates the road as well and it was a little exciting to walk over it. Would have loved to see a plane land or take off but we were not that lucky. Tackled the tourist info, they gave us a map which proved to be totally useless. We just followed the crowd and see where we end up. the aim was to go to the top of the rock by cable car, were soon informed that it would be an half hour walk to there and a big queue awaiting us. It was very busy everywhere, it seemed that 2 cruise ships moored that day making the place pretty hectic. We did see the ships and thought they were lovely until we realised what a enormous influx of people it brought in. After trying to figure out where to go we were persuaded to go in a taxi for a tour to and on the rock. Best decision ( good one Graham ) we made. Our guide was a mountain of information on Gibraltar's history and did his utmost to relay this to us. The rock itself is an absolute wonder and very very interesting to see.There are caves, tunnels and beautiful views to look at. Great tour. Yes we also saw the monkeys, cute and interesting.
Our guide   "  Bobby " Gibraltar Friendliest Taxi driver- did a great job and made our Gibraltar visit an experience to be remembered. Thanks mate.

20/6/2012
This morning it was time to pack up and guide Graham and Carol back to the motorhome drop off point in Malaga.Sadly it was time to part once more as they flew home again today. Our 5 days went too fast of course, but we did a lot and had a very enjoyable time together.
Some good belly laughs as well. Thanks guys , it was great to spend some time with you.
So here we are, just Rick and I back to where we were 6 days ago, feeling a little sad but also looking forward to heading off tomorrow on our way to Portugal. The washing is done, Charlie has had a clean up and we are ready for tomorrow.
Talk to you then
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