On my final day here the weather was beautiful, and I had a few hours to kill before my flight home. So I checked out of the hotel, grabbed my rucksack and went to explore The Rock.
11:14 – I started by taking the cable car to the top of the Rock. For the first time all week I had sunshine and a cloudless sky
11:24 – Standing on the middle terrace of the cable car Top Station, at 412m above sea level. I got clear views here across the Bay of Gibraltar to Algeciras on the other side.
11:26 – On the upper terrace (there’s three) looking North. This is one of the few places I got to see both sides of Gibraltar at the same time.
On the lower right here is part of the Great Gibraltar Sand dune, formed by sand accumulating again the side of the Rock.
11:36 – Sandy Bay, one of Gibraltar’s 6 beaches.
The original beach here was eroded by the weather so tens of thousands of tonnes of sand were imported from the Sahara to replenish it. The two curved sea walls were built with a submerged breakwater between them to prevent further erosion.
11:45 – Looking south from one of the macaque feeding stations at the top of the Rock. On the horizon at the right-hand side you can see Morocco, it’s only about 15 miles from here.
11:48 – One of my favourite photos in Gibraltar. I watched these two playing and chasing each other for about 10 minutes.
12:09 – Near the southern end of the Rock I came across another old fortification. This ‘window’ gives a pretty dramatic view over the East Side of Gibraltar, showing why only 2% of the population live on this side.
It’s also clear how sands have been swept up against the side of the Rock to form a dune, rocks fall off the cliffs and add to its height.
12:35 – Looking down over the town and Bay of Gibraltar. There’s a lot of ships here: Gibraltar is the largest bunkering (fuelling) port in the Mediterranean.
13:09 – Looking down the Charles V Wall. Built in the mid-1500’s by the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V, it runs from the top of the Rock down towards the harbour.
The wall has steps and a railing so it’s possible to walk it. Just keep an eye out for monkeys: they don’t like being cornered!
13:15 – Moving further down the Rock I started following the Royal Anglian Way footpath and came across the Windsor Suspension Bridge. It opened in 2016 with a span of 71m, the gorge below is 50m deep.
For those who don’t fancy it, there’s also the path around the outside that I’m shooting from. It’s not as fun though.
13:20 – The next stop is Ape’s Den and it did not disappoint. Straight away I ran into these guys grooming in the sun.
13:31 – The cable car station just above Ape’s Den, this is also the point the two cars cross.
13:52 – A little further along I found Tovey Battery, built to cover the western side of Gibraltar.
The guns have been removed now but standing on the concrete emplacements provides a good view over the town below.
13:58 – Almost as far north as I can go.
The oval-shaped pitch on the lower right is Victoria Stadium, used by the Gibraltar national football team. The far goal is only about 150m from the runway, and the other pitches are even closer.
14:05 – An ape near the Great Siege Tunnels.
Almost every macaque I’ve seen here appears to be deep in thought…
14:54 – Backlit flags outside the Military Heritage Centre
16:07 – My final shot from Gibraltar, on my way to the airport. Gibraltar is small enough that even with luggage, it’s easy to walk the mile or so from my hotel to the airport.
It had been overcast and misty for most of my time here but today was easily the best day. I’m glad that I had an evening flight so I had the whole day to enjoy it and get some awesome shots.
I took over 700 photographs today, more than the rest of the week combined. I also walked 32km in a territory that’s only about 5km long end to end 😀