Friday, October 29, 2010

GIBRALTAR


We spent our fourth day in Gibraltar after visiting Playa Bolonia and Tarifa the previous day. It's funny to walk across the landing strip of the airport and to see the typical telephone box that you can see in London.

We also enjoyed a lot the impressive views of Gibraltar from the Top of the Rock while the apes were moving around us. Finally we walked along the main street. This shopping street, similar to the shopping street of Andorra, led us to Ocean Village, one of the most exclusive areas of Gibraltar.


Telephone box in Gibraltar
Typical telephone box in Gibraltar like the one you can see in London


Although there are more interesting places, we didn't have enough time to visit them because we only spent one day in Gibraltar.

What we visited in Gibraltar:
  • Main Street (the shopping street of Gibraltar)
  • Views from the Top of the Rock
  • Botanic Gardens
  • The Guard House
  • Parliament
  • Casemates Square
  • Ocean Village
Other interesting places of Gibraltar:

  • Great Sieges Tunnels
  • World War II Tunnels
  • Moorish Castle



Day 4 - 6th october 2010

Gibraltar


Telephone box in Gibraltar
The same telephone box as before

Main Street


Main street of Gibraltar
Main street of Gibraltar, the shopping street of Gibraltar


Views from the Top of the Rock in Gibraltar


Algeciras Bay from the Rock of Gibraltar
Wonderful view of Algeciras Bay from the Rock of Gibraltar

Algeciras Bay from the Rock of Gibraltar
We were extremely lucky because the day was lovely and clear and the views of Gibraltar from the Top of the Rock were fantastic

The Rock of Gibraltar
The Rock of Gibraltar with the airport and the town of La Linea in the background

Gibraltar from the Top of the Rock
Great view of Gibraltar from the Top of the Rock


Top of the Rock in GibraltarViewpoint on the Top of the Rock in Gibraltar

Strait of Gibraltar from the Top of the Rock
Strait of Gibraltar from the Top of the Rock

Ape in Gibraltar
I didn't feel really comfortable with the apes, but they are peaceful animals


Top of the Rock in GibraltarThe viewpoint of the Top of the Rock in Gibraltar with Algeciras Bay in the background


Top of the Rock in GibraltarThe viewpoint is a two floor one. Here, the views of Gibraltar from the second one


Cable Car


Cable car in Gibraltar
The cable car is the faster and comfortable way, but not the cheapest one, to reach the Top of the Rock. Twelve euros the round-trip ticket


Botanic Gardens


Botanic gardens of Gibraltar
Lovely gardens of Gibraltar next to the cable car station

Gun in Gibraltar
A gun in the main entrance to the Botanic gardens in Gibraltar


The Guard House



Guard house in Gibraltar
The guard house in Gibraltar, a typical british building 


Parliament


Gibraltar Parliament
The Gibraltar Parliament


Casemates Square


Casemates Square in Gibraltar
Casemates Square is probably the most lively place in Gibraltar with a lot of pubs and restaurants


Ocean Village


Ocean Village and marina in Gibraltar
And the Ocean Village with its marina is the most exclusive quarter of Gibraltar

Ocean Village and marina in Gibraltar
Apartament buildings in Ocean Village


Gibraltar yellow number plateGibraltar yellow number plate


Aircraft and yacht in GibraltarThe aircraft in the picture was about to take off. The yacht is larger than the aircraft

Landing strip of the Gibraltar Airport
Here I was in the middle of the landing strip of the Gibraltar Airport!


Gibraltar from La Linea



Frontier and Customs between Spain and Gibraltar
Frontier and Customs between Spain and Gibraltar with the Rock in the background


Gibraltar Rock from La Línea de la ConcepciónThe Gibraltar Rock from the Promenade of La Línea de la Concepción

Gibraltar and the Rock in the evening
Fantastic view of Gibraltar and the Rock in the evening


That day we left the lively environment of Gibraltar to enjoy, the following day, the beautiful landscapes of Vejer de La Frontera and Caños de Meca.



Apart from Gibraltar, in this trip we visited other fantastic places:



Other places I have visited in Spain are:



Finally, other great cities and countries I have already visited are:




  • Barcelona
  • Berlin
  • New York and Washington
  • London
  • Dublin in Irleland
  • Istanbul in Turkey
  • Saint Petersburg
  • Rome and The Vatican
  • Paris
  • Florence in Tuscany
  • Lisboa in Portugal
  • Madrid
  • Venezia
  • Dubrovnik in Croatia



  • Besides, clicking on the next link, you will find more links to the other Cádiz beautiful villages we visited in this trip.

    Tuesday, October 26, 2010

    SPAIN: BOLONIA BEACH AND TARIFA IN CADIZ

    After visiting Arcos de la Frontera and Zahara de los Atunes, our third day began in Playa Bolonia after having driven for 30min. The day was lovely and there we enjoyed the fabulous landscape of this beach. We also visited the remains of Baelo Claudia. In the afternoon we enjoyed the impressive views of Africa from Tarifa.



    Day 3 - 05 Oct 2010

    Bolonia beach



    Bolonia beach in Cádiz
    Virgin look of Bolonia beach in Cádiz near Zahara de los Atunes


    Bolonia beach in Cádiz
    Overall view of Bolonia beach, a beautiful landscape of Costa de la Luz in Cádiz


    Bolonia beach in Cádiz
    We arrived at 10:30 am and there was nobody on Bolonia beach


    Bolonia beach in Cádiz
    It was quite hot on Bolonia beach, so these sheeps looked for a bit of shade


    Bolonia beach - Baelo Claudia


    Baelo Claudia beside Bolonia beach in Cádiz
    Next to Bolonia beach there are the remains of an ancient roman city called Baelo Claudia. It's really worthy visiting it

    Amphitheatre in Baelo Claudia near Bolonia beach in Cádiz
    Amphitheatre in Baelo Claudia near Bolonia beach in Cádiz


    Basílica of Baelo Claudia near Bolonia Beach in Cádiz
    The Basílica is one of the main attractions of Baelo Claudia


    Basílica of Baelo Claudia near Bolonia Beach in Cádiz
    The Basílica with the sea of Bolonia beach in the background. When the wheather conditions are excellent, from here you can see Africa


    Basílica of Baelo Claudia near Bolonia Beach in Cádiz
    Another view of the best preserved building of Baelo Claudia


    Tarifa

    Santa María Square


    Tarifa in Cádiz
    Colourful fountain on this nice square in Tarifa


    Tarifa in Cádiz
    White building with arab design next to this lovely square in Tarifa


    Tarifa in Cádiz
    A closer view of this white building with typical arab windows


    Tarifa in CádizWe stayed some minutes in this nice square of Tarifa before going to the viewpoint to enjoy the views of Africa


    Tarifa in CádizBut before leaving, one last picture with the green frogs of the fountain



    Views of Africa from Tarifa



    Viewpoint in Tarifa
    From this viewpoint the views of Africa from Tarifa were fantastic

    Africa from Tarifa
    The day was lovely in Tarifa but the weather conditions weren't ideal. However, we could enjoy of fantastic views of Africa


    Africa from Tarifa
    We stayed here for a while enjoying the views of Africa. This view of Africa is enough to visit Tarifa


    Africa from Tarifa
    From this point in Tarifa I had the feeling that Africa was really close


    Tarifa beach in Cádiz
    Tarifa beach in Cádiz

    Palms in TarifaPalms are very common in Tarifa. As an example, this boulevard


    Calle de los Surfistas in Tarifa
    This street in Tarifa is well known thanks to the shops which sell all kind of products related to windsurf

    After enjoying this views of Africa from Tarifa, the following day we drove to Gibraltarwhere we discovered fabulous views from the Top of the Rock among the apes.


    Besides clicking on the next link, you will find more links to the other Cádiz beautiful villages we visited in this trip:



    Finally, other beautiful places you can visit in Spain are:


    - Catalonia

    - Basque Country

    - Cantabria

    - Granada

    - Toledo, Madrid, El Escorial and Segovia

    Sunday, October 24, 2010

    SPAIN: ARCOS AND ZAHARA IN CADIZ

    After visiting Córdoba we came back to Seville where we spent the night. Early in the morning we woke up and drove to one of the most beautiful white villages in Cádiz: Arcos de la Frontera. In the afternoon we arrived at Zahara de los Atunes where, after visiting this charming village, we enjoyed an impressive sunset.



    Arcos de La Frontera in Cádiz
    A typical narrow street of Arcos de La Frontera, a beautiful white village you can visit in Cádiz



    DAY 2 - 04 OCT 2010



    Arcos de la Frontera




    Arcos de la Frontera in Cádiz
    Santa Maria de la Asunción is an interesting church in Mudejar style in Arcos de la Frontera


    The tower of the church reflected on a car glass


    From the previous square in Arcos de la Frontera the views were fantastic


    Arcos de la Frontera in Cádiz
    Arcos de la Frontera castle is currently a Parador (a state-run hotel)


    Arcos de la Frontera in CádizTypical andalusian courtyard inside a house of Arcos de la FronteraArcos de la Frontera in Cádiz
    From this viewpoint in Arcos de la Frontera we could enjoy a fantastic landscape


    Arcos de la Frontera in Cádiz
    Arcos de la Frontera reservoir is one of the nice views we could see from the previous viewpoint


    Arcos de la Frontera in Cádiz
    White buildings in a typical street of Arcos de la Frontera


    Arcos de la Frontera in Cádiz
    Overview of Arcos de la Frontera, a nice white village of Cádiz


    Arcos de la Frontera in Cádiz
    When we were leaving Arcos de la Frontera, we could see this overview image of this village



    Zahara de los Atunes


    Zahara de los Atunes in Cádiz
    Windmills near Zahara de los Atunes

    Beach of Zahara de los Atunes in CádizWild look of Zahara de los Atunes beach


    Zahara de los Atunes in CádizZahara de los Atunes is a lovely village of Cádiz with a long beach where we enjoyed delicious fish dishes

    Beach of Zahara de los Atunes in CádizOverview of the long beach of Zahara de los Atunes


    Sunset in Zahara de los Atunes in Cádiz
    We could enjoy this nice sunset from one point near the beach of Zahara de los Atunes


    Our day in Zahara de los Atunes ended with this impressive sunset. Luckily, our following day will begin with fantastics landscapes in Bolonia beach and Tarifa


    Next you will find more links to the other Cádiz beautiful villages we visited in this trip:



    Finally, other beautiful places you can visit in Spain are:


    - Catalonia

    - Basque Country

    - Cantabria

    - Granada