This smallish cemetery was consecrated 7 years before the Battle of Trafalgar (1798). It was used for burials between 1798 and 1814. Though named for the famous battle, only two that died from wounds at Trafalgar are buried here, the majority were buried at sea. Mostly it holds some of the fallen from the Napoleonic Wars, the sea battles of Algeciras (1801) Cadiz (1810) and Malaga (1812)
Why not visit Africa! Then you are in another continent.
Morocco and its city of Tangier is only about 17 miles away from Gibraltar and on clear days you can see the Atlas Mountains from Gibraltar.
Trying to find out whether there are day trips from Gibralatar to Tangier is like trying to find gold!
Anyway as we didnt actually get to go, but one day we certainly would like to when we visit Gibraltar again. I have found that there are limited crossings at the moment to Tangier.
Leaves Friday from Tangier to Gibraltar at 11.00
Gibraltar to Tangier at 18.00However it doesnt return until Sunday at 17.00 obviously you would have then to stay in Tangier for 2 nights.
The company to contact regarding this is
Turner & Co. (Gibraltar) Ltd., (Port Office) situated at 65-67 Irish Town.
Telephone No. 350 78305
However it seems there is also a coach that will take you to Algeciras in Spain where you can catch a ferry to Tangier. I think this is a daily service operated by Blands Travel. Telephone No. 350 79068 or 350 77012
I have since found out that you can get a high speed ferry from Tarifa in Spain to Tangier, it takes 35 minutes.
If you can get to Algeciras in Spain, about 20 minutes drive from Gibraltar, there is a free shuttle bus for Tarifa for people buying a ferry ticket.
To read more please see my Tarifa ferry tip by clicking here
The Mediterranean steps is a pathway that can be reached just beside the ticket office to the nature reserve up the Rock. These steps start behind the Bird Watchers Hut, just beside Jew's Gate. The pathway takes you around towards the eastern side of the rock, and finishes at O'Haras Battery just above St. Michael's Cave. I would say that you would have to be relatively fit as there are believe me a lot of steps! Not really recommended for travelling with young children. You get some nice views from this pathway. I don’t really know the history behind the Mediterranean Steps, but it used to be a tourist attraction many years back and has just been refurbished and made safe in 2007. You should take about an hour.
Estapona is situated on the Mediterranean and a popular tourist resort. We drove there from Gibraltar, walked along the beach, had a paddle, and a drink at a bar on the sands, then explored the town. Some lovely little streets, quaint houses. A lot of construction work though seemed to be going on along the front road and turning up to look at the sky it was full of cranes. Not the bird variety but the building variety, it seems that apartment blocks are springing up everywhere!
I would like to post a photograph here but unfortunately my beloved husband forgot the camera!
Across the border from Gibraltar is Andalucia and many places to explore.
We had a hire car and drove to Ronda which although a very touristy place is so interesting, lots to see and views that are so beautiful.
The main bridge that spans the river Guadalevin. It joins the old and new town and was finished being built in 1793 taking 42 years to build!
To see my Ronda page click here
There are quite a few good beaches here, water sports available, golf courses. There is a tourist bus which runs daily around the area. There are also old bunkers which can be viewed on guided tours.
There is also a big shopping mall called Gran Sur which also has a cinema complex and free activities for children.
When we went into La Linea though a lot of the shops seemed to be closed, whether it was a closing day or siesta time I am not sure but it looks as if the town areas are being done up and had some nice little shops.
I think the pic I have put on here is Plaxa Cruz Herrera Square
North of Algeciras and west of the cost of the Mediterranean is an area called Parque Natural de Las Alcornocales, with some lovely places to visit and explore.
We visited Castellar de la Frontera probably about an hours drive from Gibraltar.
Some of this area was flooded to make a reservoir and there are two parts to this village, down below near the valley and up on the hill in what looks like an old castle is a tiny village.
To read more about Castellar de la Frontera it is on my Jimena de la Frontera page as there is no page for Castellar, please click here for Castellar de la frontera
Heading back down the road from Castellar de la Frontera, when you meet the main road turn left and you will come to another place worth a visit called Jimena de la Frontera. We didnt actually explore the town itself, but drove up to the ruined castle with stands high on the hill.
To visit my Castellar de la Frontera page please click here
Across the border into Spain this town is called La Linea. If you turn to the right as you go over the border and follow the coast road it is a bit run down although it does have a long beach. A bit of renovation wouldnt go amiss.
As you go across the border into La Linea the first thing you see is a McDonalds but also there is a Tourist Information Office there.This photo of the statue of a man and a bicycle is across the border near the tourist information.
Only a small village but so interesting its as if time has stood still! Winding cobbled streets, flowers in tubs, trees and one of the first things I noticed was a Taverna! I think it was compulsary to go on and have a beer - cheers :-)
The floors were stone and the tables were beer barrels and I think there was only 4! so only a tiny place.
I have included this tip under the 'off the beaten track' because this tourist attraction is not open for the public which is a pity. O'haras Battery is at the very top of the Rock. On this site a tower once existed that was built during the comand of General O'hara 1787 - 1799. He thought that if the Rock was a little higher he could see Spanish ships as they left Cadiz. It was of course a failure and it became known as 'O'haras Folly'. The tower was latter demolished and a gun was placed in the site. In 1935, the battery was reconstructed with a 9.2inch gun with a range of 16.8miles.
So many things to see here in Ronda, it has the oldest bull ring in Spain which you can visit, wonderful architecture, churches, arab baths, incredible views, and tiny narrow streets waiting to be explored.
To visit my Ronda page click here
Many people visit Gibraltar just for a day trip from Spain. If you have the time and are interested in seeing interesting places then not an hours drive on the N34 West heading towards Cadiz is Tarifa, renown for its water sports, wind surfing, kite surfing and handgliding. A huge beach of golden sands. Tarifa is known as the windy city because that is exactly what you get and I suppose thats what the surfers want. When we visited near the end of November though the temperatures were in the late 60's the sun was shining and the air still, it was really lovely.
This is a very old town, (although a new town has sprung up as well), but the old town is enclosed in the old walls. Wandering through some tiny little alleyways and explore. Enjoy sitting outside at a bar and enjoy the sunshine. Walk up to the Mirador to look out over the sea to the coast of Africa which is 11km away. It is the southern most point in Europe and therefore the nearest point to Africa. You can also take the ferry here to Tangier which takes only 35 minutes.
Here is also where the Mediterranean Sea meets the Atlantic Ocean. Walk along the Causeway that separates them both.
To see my Tarifa page click here
To my dismay, the 100 ton gun was not on top of the Rock as I had expected. While the Upper Rock Nature Reserve ticket will get you admission, the gun is actually a good 15-20 minute walk from the base of the cable car. If you're a history buff like myself, the walk is well worth it... Included is a small exhibit that explains the gun's history, construction, and firing mechanisms. The gun has an amazing 8 mile range, but by the time it was completed it had already become obsolete and was never fired in battle. The gun itself is a monster, and must have been an intimidating site for passing ships.
A 15 minute flight takes you to Tangier on the other side of the Straights.
Yeah it means I have been to AFRICA.
Hey it counts!
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