Gibraltar
Gibraltar, or "the Rock" as the 30.000 locals call it, is a tiny 6 km2 area in the south of Iberia, in ancient times known as the northern Pillar of Hercules.
The 426 meters high mountain sits at the Strait of Gibraltar and controls access to the Mediterranean Sea. Because of this strategic position, Gibraltar has been contested since 1000 BC, but from 1713 onwards, the Rock is firmly in British hands.
 
Early occupiers of Gibraltar were the Neanderthals, who lived here untill 25000 years ago when they finally died out.
 
A colony of Barbary Macaques form a major tourist attraction but the locals regard them as a nuisance. Legend has it that as long as these pesky monkeys roam the Rock, it will remain British.
 
Today Gibraltar is a British Overseas Territory with a relaxed tax system that boosts the florishing financial services.
 
At the Brexit referendum in 2016, Gibraltar overwhelmingly voted Remain, but the future status is a bit uncertain as Spain, with support from the EU, uses Brexit as a handle to increase its influence.   
 
We visited Gibraltar in November 2013.
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Gibraltar downtown
make my day....
looking down to the Port of Gibraltar
the Victorian Cannon in the Great Siege Tunnel
inside St Michael's cave
the modern world side of the Pillars of Hercules monument
really?
the local dish in the Star Bar is fish and chips
the Star Bar claims to be Gibraltar's oldest pub
but another one checks out our car.
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on our way to the border we notice that "the Rock" creates its own weather
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at the Jews Cemetery Battery viewpoint the guide explains the panorama of Gibraltar Bay
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a Barbary Macaque poses for the camera
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the Gibraltar Rock rises 426 meters above sealevel
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we are going back to Spain
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the runway of Gibraltar airport sits on reclaimed land, which Spain claims is not covered by the treaty of 1713
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