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Gibraltar Vacation

One place I’m proud to say is British and from my research, unlike most European countries still isn’t full of undesired refugees causing trouble is the island of Gibraltar.


Probably delightful for holidaymakers, a British overseas territory occupying a narrow peninsula of Spain’s southern Mediterranean coast, on the east side of the Bay of Gibraltar (Bay of Algeciras), and directly south of the Spanish city of La Línea.


Gibraltar is just northeast of the Strait of Gibraltar. Since the 18th century, Gibraltar has been a symbol of British military strength, and it is commonly known as “the Rock.”


Gibraltar is also home to a great nature reserve which the monkeys live in, dolphin watching, the sleek and mysterious Barbary Partridge bird, and a wildlife conservation park that borders their botanical gardens. This isn't a place you'll want to miss if that mix of nature and history is up your alley.


There’s great food which is a fusion of Spanish and English, but also a very deep and diverse culture, and very little prejudice. There is an Anglican and a Catholic cathedral, and churches of all denominations, there are four synagogues, two mosques and a Hindu temple. The fantastic Ibrahim al Ibrahim Mosque, by the lighthouse at Europa Point, looks straight across the Strait of Gibraltar to the Rif mountains in Morocco. And the people are genuinely welcoming to visitors. There is such a friendly atmosphere. Being in Gibraltar is like having a big hug!

Another great benefit of visiting Gibraltar is its easy access to Tangier, Morocco. There is a ferry service which makes it easy, and the duration of the sailing between Tangier and Gibraltar is around 90 minutes. Ferry time depends on the crossing and the weather conditions.


Tangier is a great option for a day trip. You can use your day in Tangier to soak up the rich history and different culture. Explore and shop in the local markets of the Grand Socco, Petit Socco and the Old Medina, walk up to Bab Al Fahs and the Mendoubia Garden on rue D'Italie. Savor Moroccan cuisine like Ras el Hanout lamb and couscous (see Morocco).


Have a great day!

Prof. Carl Boniface

 

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