Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Gibraltar

Hope you all had a lovely Easter holiday, mine was great! Since I still have lots to tell from my Andalucía-holiday I'll pick up where I left off and today I'll tell you about this curious little place called Gibraltar.

Gibraltar is located at the south end end of the Iberian Peninsula, and is British overseas territory. 


It’s so strange, you are in Andalucía in Spain, you pass through yet another little village, and suddenly you cross a border (with a passport control) and you’re in Britain, just with Spanish weather and landscape. There are red British phone boots and Royal Mail postboxes. Everyone speak English, not just in that they know English, but English is the official language. The currency is Gibraltar Pounds (with the same value as the British Pound Sterling) and what you can buy in the supermarket are British products. Fabulous! (As I love British supermarkets and all the goodies you can find there. Read chocolate, biscuits, cake etc.) 

It’s small, with only 6,8 square kilometers, and about 30000 inhabitants, and is often referred to as “The rock” due to the big rock/mountain of 426m height which is quite the landmark of Gibraltar. 


What's most spectacular about the rock (to me), is that it is home to about 250-300 monkeys, the only wild monkeys in Europe! Very exotic and so cool. Apart from the monkeys, big parts of the rock is a nature reserve and houses tunnels and a fortress, today museums.



From the rock there are several places with great views, and on a clear day you can see Africa in the distance. The straight of Gibraltar is just 15km at the narrowest.


A post on the monkeys is coming up, I fell in love with these cute cute creatures! 

22 comments:

  1. Gleder meg til apepost! Det var helt klart høydepunktet med Gibraltar.

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    1. Helt klart høydepunktet. I tillegg til all den deilige britiske sjokoladen og andre usunnheter.

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  2. How fantastic! I would love to go to Gibraltor, and the monkeys... SO CUTE!

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    1. It was such a fun experience, especially the monkeys!

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  3. Is it just me, or do those monkeys looks particularly relaxed? Must be a good place to live.

    I'm looking forward to part two of this post.

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    1. They were so relaxed! So calm, let us walk by really close and didn't care at all.

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  4. Monkeys!!! oooo...I'm excited :)

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  5. Great post, I missed your blog while I was away! It sounds like the coolest place, I'd love to go there. Looking forward to the post about the monkeys, they're so cute :)

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    1. Many Colours, how nice to have you back! Missed you too!

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  6. Greetings from Fiji babe! Andalucía and specifically Gibraltar are on my list of countries to visit. That you can see Africa on a clear day sounds just AMAZING. I love going to supermarkets in different countries. It's something I've always enjoyed doing on my travels. And those monkeys, they are cute, I'm wondering if they are as cheeky and naughty as the monkeys I came across in India! I guess I'll find out in your next post! <3

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    1. Vanisha, I hope all is well in Fiji.
      Yeah, it was pretty cool to see Africa in the distance! How fun that you also like supermarkets in different countries! I looove to see what different stuff is available in other countries.
      Be well <3

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  7. That monkey looks like he's about to give mouth to mouth.

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  8. Hei! Tusen takk for varme ord. Jeg er tilbake i Norge. Har fått meg jobb her og skal tjene opp penger før jeg drar tilbake til Thiago, eventuelt at vi drar til Los Angeles:) Han kommer nok på besøk her før den tid. Savner han noe vannvittig, det gjør faktisk vondt! Men, men. Jeg krysser fingrene for at tiden flyr! Hvordan står det til med denne damen da?

    Jeg må si tusen takk for et flott innlegg om Gibralter! Har utrolig lyst å dra dit, spesielt nå!:) Klem

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    1. Lykke til med det hele, skjønner deg godt. Får tro han får tatt turen snart snart, og at du får deg et sånt grønt kort! Klem tilbake

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  9. For et spesielt utseende på den øya! Veldig veldig flott og visste ikke det om apene, du gir meg masse reiselyst!

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    1. Så utrolig koselig å høre at jeg gir deg reiselyst!!

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  10. Hi They are not monkeys but in fact Barbary Apes, quite different!

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    1. Hi there, thanks for the input but I am afraid you are wrong. I took a picture of the informative plate right where the monkeys live, and it states: "Barbary Macaques Macaca Sylvanus are not apes, but tailless monkeys."

      Wikipedia states the same: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barbary_macaques_in_Gibraltar

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  11. Så utrolig fine bilder og herlig fortalt fra Gibraltar <3
    Jeg forstår at jeg har mange vakre uutforsket steder i Europa også...jeg som nesten alltid drar langt av sted... :-)

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    1. Dét er gøy å høre fra deg som er så utrolig bereist!

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