Friday, October 10, 2014

Postcard from Andalucía: Gibraltar + Tarifa

The rock of Gibraltar  |  Postcard from Andalucía: Gibraltar + Tarifa on afeathery*nest  |  http://afeatherynest.com

Some things loom big in your imagination—especially when you really don't know anything about them—as the Rock of Gibraltar did for me, since I didn't even know Gibraltar's promontory off of Spain was a part of Britain until I read it a few weeks ago.

I didn't have any desire to actually go over into Gibraltar, but I did want to get a good look at the famed rock, which we got on our drive from Marbella to Conil de la Frontera. We were just scooting around the curved roads, admiring the windmills and then we rounded a corner and there she was.

After passing it around lunchtime we pulled over at a lookout point above Tarifa to admire the view of Africa across the Strait of Gibraltar (another Sicily flashback to the Strait of Messina). The idea of lunch in Tarifa sounded good—the southernmost tip of the Iberian peninsula with a heavy sprinkling of African spice would have been a nice departure from the tapas we'd been gorging on the last few days. But just descending down the coast and into Tarifa from the viewpoint we felt the temperatures climb higher and higher so that when we actually arrived in Tarifa and drove by the gate to the old town the heat was so overwhelming, pressing down on us with the strength of the sirocco gusting over from Africa, that I motioned to R to keep driving—I wasn't that hungry.

Andalucían road trip  |  Postcard from Andalucía: Gibraltar + Tarifa on afeathery*nest  |  http://afeatherynest.com
Africa from Tarifa  |  Postcard from Andalucía: Gibraltar + Tarifa on afeathery*nest  |  http://afeatherynest.com
Gate into old town Tarifa  |  Postcard from Andalucía: Gibraltar + Tarifa on afeathery*nest  |  http://afeatherynest.com
Gibraltar to Tarifa  |  Postcard from Andalucía: Gibraltar + Tarifa on afeathery*nest  |  http://afeatherynest.com

Within 30 minutes we were already at our next home base on the beach.

Updated—other Andalucía posts:
After 9 years, 9 days in southern Spain
Postcard from Andalucía
Postcard from Andalucía: Málaga 
Postcard from Andalucía: Granada and La Alhambra
Postcard from Andalucía: Nerja + Marbella
Postcard from Andalucía: Conil de la Frontera
Postcard from Andalucía: Cadíz + Medina-Sidonia   
Postcard from Andalucía: Vejer de la Frontera
Postcard from Andalucía: Jerez + Carmona   
Postcard from Andalucía: Sevilla   

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