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007 Travel Story: Palm trees and the town of Rota (SPAIN) 2018

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30 July 2018

 

Today’s Bond locations:

Castillo de San Sebastián – San Sebastián Castle (Los Organos – Dr. Alvarez’s DNA Replacement Clinic)

Playa Camposoto (Bond driving in Cuba – Palm Trees)

Naval Base de Rota (Rota Naval Base)

 

Traveling by car

From: Cádiz (Spain)
To: Rota (Spain)
Toll charges: No

 

 

 

Accommodation during 30-31 July 2018

HotelPlaya de la Luz **** (on the beach, 2.3 km from centre)
Address: Avenida de la Diputación, s/n, 11520 Rota, Spain
Booked: Via hotel’s web pages
Price: 182,70 EUR / 1 night
Breakfast: Included (11€/person)
Wi-Fi: Free
Parking: Free
Check-in: From 14.00 – 00.00
Check-out: Until 12.00
Room type: Standard Double room, 18m2

 

 
Before we left Cádiz there was still time to take some pics of Castillo de San Sebastián (San Sebastián Castle), which was unfortunately under maintenance at the time we visited Cádiz. It was Dr. Alvarez’s (Simón Andreu) DNA Replacement Clinic, Los Organos in “Die Another Day” (2002) and Pierce Brosnan as 007 enters there with boat that departs La Caleta Beach. There is no road entrance to Los Organos in the movie. 
 
 
 
 
 
Castillo de San Sebastian
 
Los Organos Photo © EON, United Artists, Danjaq LLC
 
 
Photo © EON, United Artists, Danjaq LLC
 
 
 
 
Then we took our luggage from Senator Cádiz Spa Hotel and drove to see Palm Trees that are visible when Bond drives his 1957 Ford Fairlane convertible. Those could be found driving towards the village of San Fernando and Playa de Camposoto.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Photo © EON, United Artists, Danjaq LLC

 

 

 

 

 

Photo © EON, United Artists, Danjaq LLC

 

After such a wonderful time in Cádiz, it was to to move on. We drove to Rota, and on our way we saw eagles flying in the sky. It was beautiful!

 

 
The town of Rota
 
The town of Rota is a Spanish municipality located in the Province of Cádiz, Andalusia. Its surface area is 84 km2 and is bordered by the towns of Chipiona, Sanlúcar de Barrameda and El Puerto de Santa María. It is located near the city of Jerez de la Frontera and is 36 kilometers away from the provincial capital, Cadiz. In the year 2009 had 28,516 inhabitants, with a density of 339.44 inhabitants / km2. It belongs to two associations, the Association of Municipalities of Cadiz Bay along with the municipalities of Cadiz, Jerez de la Frontera, El Puerto de Santa María, San Fernando, Chiclana and Puerto Real; and the Association of Municipalities of the Lower Guadalquivir that comprises municipalities of Northwest Coast of Andalusia.
 
Read more here: (Wikipedia)
 
 
Mika / 007 Travelers
 

We checked in our hotel, located on the beach. We had our own apartment number 5.

 

 

 

 

 

Today’s Bond book location was Base Naval de Rota, which is a military base.

 

 

 


 

Wikipedia info:

A Spanish naval base commanded by a Spanish Rear Admiral and fully funded by the United States of America. Located in Rota in the Province of Cádiz, near the town of El Puerto de Santa María, NAVSTA Rota is the largest American military community in Spain, housing US Navy and US Marine Corps personnel. There are also small US Army and US Air Force contingents on the base. See more here.

 

 

 

Naval Base is mentioned in John Gardner‘s book “Win, Lose or Die” (1989).

 

“The US Navy base near Cadiz is a few hours away, but there’s a problem …”

“Do you mean Rota?” The Prime Minister asked.

“Yes I do. Until a year ago, Rota served as a base for the US Navy, especially for its atomic submarines. However, at the request of the Spanish Government, the base was abandoned. Today, it is exclusively owned by Spanish ships, with the exception for the airport in the area, which is used by the US Navy as a gathering point for its men traveling to other European bases. In addition, Rota is reportedly used for other, more sensitive purposes than usual. “

 

“Captain Bond? He saluted.

“The Same”

“Anything else to tell me, sir?”

“Predator”, Bond snapped back

 

“Fine, sir. My name’s Carter. Mike Carter, and I’m acting on behalf of Songbird. If you’d like to get in, we have someone waiting for you on the base, sir.”

 

 

John Gardner: “Win, Lose or Die” (1989)

 

The area is strickly limited, so we took photos only outside the gates.

After driving around Rota, we had lunch in the Bar & Restaurant – La Gaviota: we had chicken sticks and a hamburger. This day we also had some pool time and later we had buffet dinner at The Las Dunas Restaurant, which also offered a breakfast.

 

 

 

 

In the evening the hotel´s Sherry Bar arranged the sunset Sherry tasting. We had drinks and were able to witness an uncredible sunset at the terrace overlooking the sea!

 

Next day we will travel to Gibraltar and that might scare the living daylights out of you 🙂 so stay tuned.

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