007 Travel Story: Palm trees and the town of Rota (SPAIN) 2018July 25, 2019
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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
Hotel: Playa 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)
Check-in: From 14.00 – 00.00
Check-out: Until 12.00
Room type: Standard Double room, 18m2
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!
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.
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.
“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.
“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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