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007 Travel story: Gibraltar (BRITISH OVERSEAS TERRITORY) 2018 / Exercise at Gibraltar

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31 July 2018

Today´s Bond locations:

Several opening sequence places of “The Living Daylights” (1987)


Traveling by car

From: Rota (Spain)
To: Gibraltar (British Overseas Territory)
Toll charges: –

Accommodation during 31 July – 01 August 2018

HotelThe Caleta Hotel Health, Beauty & Conference Centre **** (on the beach, 1,1 km from centre)
Address: Sir Herbert Miles Road, GX11 1AA Gibraltar, Gibraltar
Booked: Via hotel’s own pages
Price: 184,46 EUR / 1 night (Early bird offer, 1 month before)
City tax: –
Breakfast: Included (10€/person)
Wi-Fi: Free
Parking: Free
Check-in: From 14.00 – 00.00
Check-out: 01.00 – 11.00
Room type: 3 bed family room, with sea view


After the breakfast at the Playa de la Luz hotel in Rota, we were on our way towards Gibraltar.

It was already really hot in the morning and we had about a two hour drive to the border of Gibraltar and we were ready for traffic near the border.

The famous Rock of Gibraltar was visible long before we arrived there, which was good because there are not so many signs showing the direction before Gibraltar… a navigator is handy in the car though… We had a car that was rented from Spain and according to the rules it was not allowed to drive it to the Gibraltar side, which is a part of British Overseas Territory.

We had to leave the car in the parking lot of Santa Bárbara, which was located in La Línea de la Concepción.

Our rental car Nissan Qashqai

We walked through the border area, showed our passports and without delays we were on Gibraltar’s side. It was almost too hot at this point and luckily we got a taxi which drove us to The Caleta Hotel on Sir Herbert Miles Road. Here is a useful travel tip: In Gibraltar there are taxis that accept only cash (some are happy with Euros, some just with British Pounds).

We ate a late lunch in the hotel, relaxed a bit and changed our clothes.

We had agreed to meet Mr. Carl Mesilio, the owner of Inside Out Rock Tours, at 4 pm at our hotel and he took us to the filming locations of “The Living Daylights” (1987) starring Timothy Dalton as 007.

Click the link for “Exercise at Gibraltar” by John Barry and at the same time see our many filming location pics here. The following location photos are in the very same order that they appear in the film.

Small pics inside the larger pics:
© EON, United Artists, Danjaq LLC

These first three pictures were taken from Spanish mainland.

There were water catchments in Gibraltar, which can be seen below in a small pic from “The Living Daylights“.

The slope on which they sat was the Great Gibraltar Sand Dune, an ancient consolidated sand dune which dominates the east side of the Rock of Gibraltar. Rainwater flowed down the slope into an open channel which fed into the reservoir system inside The Rock.

That system was removed after some years when filming was completed, because it was impractical and expensive to maintain.

There are presently two separate public water systems in Gibraltar – one providing potable water and the other salt water for flushing toilets, firefighting, street cleaning and other sanitary purposes.

004 (Frederick Warder) ready to climb the Rock of Gibraltar

After the wonderful tour, Carl left us at our hotel Caleta. We can highly recommend Carl when you need a tour in Gibraltar!


Carl Mesilio / Inside Out Rock Tours

Later we spent a nice time at hotel’s pool area and we also walked on the beach watching the lovely houses there. We saw some local boys jumping into the water. In the evening we had our dinner at the hotel’s restaurant.

Next day we are going to Rock, so stay tuned!


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