Date: *17th May 2016
- Latitude:* 36 degs. 8.8 mins N, *Longitude:* 05 degs. 21.9 mins W
- Weather: * Cloudy at first, clearing later to give long sunny periods 24c
Our visit to the “Rock of Gibraltar” is a half day one, which suits us as we`ve been quite a few times. We arrived at 8 o`clock in the morning and were due to leave at 1.30 pm. With leaving at that time it allows us enough steaming time for our next port of call Barcelona.
Following us into Gibraltar was the “Independence of the Seas” one of the 3 ships that left with us on Saturday. She`s a big ship 3000 or more passengers, so that made for a busy time shore.
There is a good mini-bus taxi service to and from the ship to Casement square, which is at the bottom end of the main street, and a big meeting place. Having been here several times before we took the walking option from the ship into town, it`s about a 15 minute walk at a gentle pace, and all flat. Then it was some window shopping and taking in the general atmosphere. One of the main attractions of this stop, is that the port is a duty free one so there are lots of bargains on jewellery, perfume, electrical goods & drinks etc. As you can see from some of the photos the Main street gets very busy.
On our return trip coming back into Casement square we came across one of the street entertainers the type that are motionless, only this one seemed to be levitating in mid- air, but attached to a motor bike, he certainly was popular. So after our time in the town was up, we again took the walking option and strolled back to the ship.
There is an on-going dispute about the sovereignty of Gibraltar with Spain trying to claim the “Rock”, but it is still *Very *much British. So any visits to any nearby parts of Spain are made difficult by the Spanish border control. But for a small piece of land there are still a few things to do on this stop. Plenty of taxi tours to take you around, and to the top of the rock. At the top end of main street you can get a cable car to the top of the rock where there are great views of the Straits of Gibraltar, and North Africa, this is also the place where the famous Apes can be seen. This place also has a big military history which goes back many hundreds of years, it is because of its geographical position between the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic
Back on-board things were being prepared for a deck BBQ, also they have a sail away party on the top deck with a lot of flag waving and the singing of such British songs, as “ Land of Hope and Glory”, which wind the Spanish up.
So it`s good bye Gibraltar and onto our next stop, Barcelona!