By this stage of our trip to Spain, we had already spent one night in Madrid, two way up the coast in Alicante (far right side of the map) and then another nine nights exploring the network of 'orange' roads shown on this map. At that point Sue's sister returned to England and the two of us then just did our own thing, without any pre-booked accommodations.
Fondest memory: We ended up with a night in Nerja, two in Tarifa and one in Vejer de la Frontera on the Atlantic coast before New Year's Eve loomed before us without any accommodations being arranged. That was when we decided to leave Tarifa, taking in Gibraltar while on our way back to a hostal in Torremolinos (where we had spent one night with Sue's sister). In the end, our plan worked well and we had no problem getting a room, although it then cost 60 Euros instead of 40 Euros!
Favorite thing: The petrol in Gbraltar is much cheaper than in Spain, so everyday we have hoards of Spaniards coming into Gibraltar to fill up their tanks. The only problem with this is that then there are always long queues to get out back into Spain! They probably use up a quarter of the tank just sitting in the two hour queue! CEPSA is a Spanish oil company, but its cheaper in Gib for some reason! So what do the locals get out of that I wonder?
Favorite thing: I absolutely love this picture. It was actually a poster behind glass (hence the flash!) in the customs house as you cross the border into Gibraltar. I felt that it really shows how wonderful this small place really is. Much of the land is reclaimed meaning more people can live in modern housing rather than the previous places they were living in. To the left of the picture, you can see the runway. A very VERY short one at that! You've got to be a good pilot to land on this one!!! I think Gibraltar is also one of the only if not THE only runway in the world that people have to walk across to get to the other side!
Favorite thing: This is the runway crossing for both traffic and pedestrians. If a plane is coming in, or a fire engine needs to cross the road (they are based on the airport), then the barrier goes down for however long is necessary, and we all wait there until it goes back up again! If you are an avid plane watcher, this is THE place to come! The plane wooshes right past you an the noise is so loud! But you get great photos and videos from it! The only problem about this is that when you're in a rush the barrier nearly ALWAYS seems to be down! We used to have to time it when i was at school in Gibraltar to get there before the plane landed so i wouldnt be late for school! I dont think we ever managed it!
Favorite thing: Christmas and New Year in Gibraltar are always quite festive and fun! The lights and decorations go up a few weeks before the holidays and you can feel a buzz in the air. This photo was taken on Christmas Eve I believe before the crowds all got off from work at lunch time and hit the bars! Gibraltar is mainly Catholic so Christmas is a big deal for them. At lunch time they pour into the main street and head for the bars where they all celebrate something or another (probably their next two days off work!) and by 6pm they stagger off home to be with their families. The next two days are like a ghost town! Then its back to work for a few days before we do it all over again for New Year!
Favorite thing: I took this photo as I was leaving Gib on my last day there in January. I am always sad to say goodbye to it, and luckily, the weather wasn't too bad, so I managed to take a good photo of it. I think it must look amazing to tourists as they enter and this is the first sight they see..very impressive.
The local currency in Gibraltar is the Gibraltarian Pound. Notes and coins have a similar appearance and value to their British countertypes.
In Gibraltar you can also use British pounds. When taking money from a cash machine you sometimes have the opportunity to take either, and when chaning money you have the choice.
I advise you only to take British pounds, and to avoid taking any Gibraltarian pounds out of Gibraltar, since they can`t be used anywhere else, and can be difficult to exchange.
The Tourist Information office at Cathedral Square which is in the above tip, was the house of the Duke of Kent.
The plaque says that Prince Edward of Kent who was the 4th son of George III and father of Queen Victoria lived here during his time as Governor of Gibraltar in 1802.
The plaque was unveiled by his great great great grandson Duke of Kent on 18th October 1989.
This building is across the square from the Bristol Hotel
There are 6 Tourist Information Centres in Gibraltar.
At the airport
At the Cruise terminal
At the border
At Casements Square
At Gibraltar Tourist Board, Cathedral Square
Tel No. 350 74950
Fax No. 350 74943
The coach park.
We went in the one in Casements Square and the one in Cathedral Square, and I thought both of them were very lacking in information! In fact I dont think the tourists boards do enough to 'sell' Gibraltar.
There are very few leaflets, maps that are very inadequate.
In the middle 1960's I had an aunt and uncle who were living in Gibraltar, he worked for the British Civil Service. I was about 14 years old at the time and they were going to pay for me to go out there on holiday, something my mum couldnt afford. But then all of a sudden my uncle died, he was only 51 years old. He was buried there and his wife came back to England.
Fondest memory: When we visited we found the cemetary and thanks to the poeple in the office at the cemetary we also found his grave. He was a lovely man and it was really nice for me to pay my respects at his graveside these many years later
Its worth taking a stroll around Marina Bay to marvel at some of the boats and yachts moored there, and wonder how much they might cost.
You can also take a dolphin spotting trip from here and there are a couple of pleasant waterside seafood restaurants.
Gibraltar is so small that you will need to drive across the airport runway when entering or leaving from Spain.
The control tower keeps track on arriving and departing planes and makes sure that people only cross the runway when it´s safe.
If you are not British then you can get some good pictures of items which seem very 'British' in Gibraltar. The policemen, and red post boxes are good examples.
Also the shops are very often the self-same ones found in any British High street. They also operate British opening hours - so no snoozy siesta here.
As a Brit, you get the feeling that the Gibraltarians are still very proud of Queen and country, and try to be more 'British' in a traditional sense than those of us who live in Britain proper.
Gibraltar's first telephone exchange was set up in 1886 as a private enterprise and then taken over by the Government of Gibraltar. In the 1970s there were three generations of automatic telephone exchange equipment in use with four and five digit numbers.
Telephone connections between Gibraltar and Spain were severed by the Spanish dictator, Francisco Franco, in 1969, and were not restored until 1984. However, Gibraltar experienced restrictions after that date causing problems with its telecommunications system, as a direct result of the Spanish sovereignty claim.
Until February 10, 2007, Spain continued to impose restrictions on Gibraltar's ability to expand and modernise its telecommunications infrastructure. These included a refusal to recognise the Gibraltar's International Direct Dialling (IDD) code (+350) which restricted the expansion of the Gibraltar telephone numbering plan, and the prevention of roaming arrangements for Gibraltar GSM mobile phones in Spain and vice versa. Following the signing of the Córdoba Accord between the Governments of Gibraltar, the United Kingdom and Spain in September 2006, these restrictions were removed with effect from February 10, 2007.
Since 1 October 2008 telephone numbers for landlines and mobile phones in Gibraltar are eight digits long. Prior to this date, landline numbers consisted of five digits starting with either 4, 5 or 7, while mobile phone numbers remain unchanged. Since this date all calls to existing Gibtelecom five digit landline numbers have to be prefixed with 200, making the numbers eight digits long.
Thus 52200 becomes 20052200 and when dialled from outside Gibraltar +350 200 52200.
Gibraltar is a little corner of England embedded within Andalusia - like many other places like TOrremolinos or Marbella, with the difference that Gibraltar is an OFFICIAL corner of England... you speak English, you pay with British pounds, you make phone call from red phone boots and you take a double-decker bus from the border into the centre... mind you, you can even get true British weather: it rained cats and dogs the day I went there.
Fondest memory: My fondest memory of Gibraltar, however, was getting there... and I will explain. When we arrived in the Spanish border town La Linea de la Conception, we immediately headed towards the rock, found the border post, crossed the border post, found the bus driving into town and... big surprise. Gibraltar airport sits right after the border, so to drive into town, you have to cross the runway. It did feel strange... this is my fondest memory. I don't think I'll find another place where you need to cross a runway to get to the city.
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