Gibraltar was a short 45 minute drive up the coast from Tarifa. As we approached you could see why this was and is such a fortress. Standing about 1,400 feet out of the water with cliffs on all sides, it was an island only 20 miles from Africa with the straights of Gibraltar in between. We parked just outside the border and crossed the border into Gibraltar on foot. This being our 3rd country in 2 days we had our passports stamped, not required but we thought it would be a cool stamp. After two short bus rides and a cable car (Alice was not thrilled with this part, but better than the 2 hour hiking option), we were on the top of the Rock of Gibraltar. In addition to the view the other attraction was the monkeys. Alice almost fell off the Rock laughing at me when one of the larger monkeys started to chasing me and jumped on my backpack thinking I had food – scared the shit out of me, the monkey not Alice almost falling.
We decided to skip the buses and walk back to the border through the town stopping for fish and chips, When in Britain and all that… One of the coolest things was walking across the tarmac of the Gibraltar airport – The road from Spain to the Rock runs through the middle of the Gibraltar runway. They actually have traffic lights for when planes land and take off.
Next up – The Costa del Sol.