The Mediterranean Steps, March 2017. The definitive highlight of my two-day visit to Gibraltar came with a hike up The Rock’s breathtaking Mediterranean Steps trail. Billed as a walking route for thrill-seekers, the path starts out innocuously enough with a modest collection of stone steps next to The Ornithological and Natural History Society. But before long the going gets pretty steep and the path rocky and slippy. There are some hairy bends too, with nothing at all between you and a sharp drop down to a state of nonexistence. But with gorgeous views across Gibraltar Strait and the faint outline of Morocco in the distance, it really is an unmissable treat!
The Royal Anglian Way, March 2017. A visit to the British overseas territory of Gibraltar offers up much for first time visitors. The town itself provides a charming taste of olde-worlde Blighty with traditional pubs, a historical cemetery and tranquil Botanic Gardens. But let’s face it; the real attraction is Gibraltar Rock, one of the most spectacular landforms in Southern Europe. I spent the better part of my two day visit hiking around The Upper Rock Nature Reserve, taking in its plentiful sights. This shot was taken on a trail that runs along the western slope, about eight hundred and ten feet above sea level. Apart from the amazing views over town and Gibraltar Strait, you’ll also pass a number of abandoned military installations and a cave battery. There’s a beautiful selection of flora and fauna along the route and if you’re lucky you might catch sight of a wild goat or a swooping kestrel.
Alameda Botanic Gardens, March 2017. There’s so much natural beauty in and around the town of Gibraltar! I was sifting through my photos on the way back to Malaga when I realised I’d need to write multiple Top 5 posts to do the place any kind of justice. Obviously The Rock is the major highlight, but I was also blown away by the incredible fifteen-acre Botanic Gardens. Commissioned in 1816 by Gibraltar’s then British Governor George Don, the original park served as a recreational area for the town’s resident soldiers. A huge redevelopment program in 1991 resurrected the gardens after it had fallen into disrepair. Continue Reading »
Casemates Square, March 2017. I can honestly say that Gibraltar is one of the strangest places I’ve ever been to. But in a good way! Red telephone boxes, colonial style pubs and bobbies on the beat. Authentic Indian food, fish and chips, tea and scones… newsagents selling Ripples, Double Deckers and sticks of rock. It really is Britain (!), but with year-round sunshine and a stunning location perched on the edge of the Alboran Sea. Walking over the border from the Spanish town of La Línea de la Concepción, it took me about twenty minutes down Winston Churchill Avenue before I arrived at this main square. It takes its name from the series of bombproof barracks at the square’s northern end. Built in 1817, today they are home to cafés, shops, restaurants and Gibraltar’s Crystal Workshop. Anyone looking for breakfast should look no further than the wonderful Lord Nelson Pub.
Gay Pride March, July 2003. In the summer of 2003 I was leading a group of Belgian teenagers around the city, when we came across a huge gay pride march. As moody teens, I half expected them to be a bit embarrassed or dismissive. But instead, they insisted on following the march and getting their hands on some of the giant OUT signs, which also referred to the occupation of Iraq. This photo, taken just around the corner from Downing Street, was also their idea. “Being gay is ok, being in Iraq is not!!!” shouted Wouter, a serious-looking doctor’s son from Mechelen.