Well, what can we say
about Gibraltar- 30,000 people living on 6 sq km of land - actually
much less than this because the Rock itself makes up most of it.
Most of the population hate Spain and the Spanish, but of course they all
go over the border to do their shopping, etc, because Gibraltar is extremely
It is interesting to visit because
it's an anomaly, which really doesn't have a place in the 21st century.
The Rock itself is impressive and its tunnels, etc are worth a
visit. And finally from a sailing perspective the Rock and Jebl
Musa on the other side of the Straits are the Pillars of Hercules that
marked the end of the ancient world.
Mainly though it's just a bit
seedy. There's really only one main street - called "Main
Street", which is entirely populated with jewelry, booze and
electrical shops where you can buy the last-but-one generation equipment tax free at just slightly more than you'd pay for the current
generation equipment on the high street in the UK (or on the high
street in Spain for that matter).
There is something not to be missed
however about going into Gibraltar's Safeway, which is identical in
everyway to the one in Tunbridge Wells (merchandising, products, prices,
etc) except that the people all speak
Spanish. Oh did we forget to mention that the Gibraltarians, who
hate Spain and all things Spanish actually speak Spanish between
themselves and generally go to Spain for their shopping.
PS The marinas are a bit tat as
The sail was cleared by customs - then delivered to the boat -
then we put it up - then we discovered the battens were too short!!
Someone else had received ours and cut them down - so we waited another
week for 12 metres to arrive for us to cut and fit!
we waited for our mail to arrive from the UK. 4 days Winchester to
Gibraltar. 7 days for the Gibraltar sorting office to send a note
500 metres to the marina telling us to come an collect it!
we had to wait for the weather. But finally we did leave and sailed
overnight to Almerimar.