007 Travel Story: Gibraltar (BRITISH OVERSEAS TERRITORY) 2018 / Welcome to the Rock

007 Travel Story: Gibraltar (BRITISH OVERSEAS TERRITORY) 2018 / Welcome to the Rock

November 12, 2019 0 By 007 Travelers

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1 August 2018

Here we are still in Gibraltar.

Gibraltar is a British Overseas Territory located at the southern tip of the Iberian Peninsula.

Read more here

Today´s Bond locations:

The Harbour

The Rock Hotel

The Convent

King’s Chapel

Accommodation during 01-02 August 2018

HotelThe Rock Hotel **** (1,5 km from centre)
Address: 3 Europa Road, GX11 1AA Gibraltar, Gibraltar
Booked: Via Hotel’s own website
Price: £250 (306,74 EUR) / 1 night 
Breakfast: Included (10€/person)
Wi-Fi: Free
Parking: Free
Check-in: From 14.00 
Check-out: Until 11.00
Room type: Suite with sea view and balcony

The Rock Hotel is majestically situated on the foothill of Gibraltar’s famous rock with panoramic vistas of the Bay and Straits of Gibraltar as well as the Spanish mainland.

Day two in Gibraltar started as usual having a breakfast, this time at our hotel Caleta. Then we took a taxi and rode to the harbour of Gibraltar. Filming of Bond’s (Sean Connery) fake funeral in “You Only Live Twice” (1967) took place off coast of Gibraltar. In the film they are supposed to be in Hong Kong, but Gibraltar doubles Hong Kong in this scene in “YOLT“. Filming was done onboard of “HMS Tenby

Then it was time to go to interesting Dolphin Safari. During the trip we saw about 30-40 dolphins.

Bond’s fake funeral in “You Only Live Twice” (1967) onboard of “HMS Tenby
Photo © EON, United Artists, Danjaq

After the cruise, we went back to Caleta hotel and picked our bags while our taxi was waiting and drove to The Rock Hotel. It is a grand hotel, located on a beautiful place at the side of the rock of Gibraltar.

Take a look at closer look of The Rock hotel here

”As others spoke about him, James Bond didn’t feel his ears burning as he lay in bed in the sea-view room in the Rock Hotel in Gibraltar. He wouldn’t have been able to scratch them anyway – the bandage on his head covered them completely.

There was a knock on the door. Bond switched off the television with the remote but didn’t get up. He called, ”If you have a key, come in.”
The only people who had a key to his room were a nurse… and the Taunt twins.
”We’re the candy stripe girls and it’s time to party! Heidi sang cheerfully as they entered his bedroom. Hedy was carrying a bottle of Taittinger. They were both dressed identically again, in white blouses and tight-fitting designer jeans. Heidi’s arm was in a sling.
”We´re here to make you well,” Hedy said.
Bond indicated the champagne. ”I´m not supposed to drink, you know.”
”We know that,” she answered. ”This is for us!”

Raymond Benson: “DoubleShot” (2000)

There are Barbary macaques all around the Rock of Gibraltar, also on the tables of souvenir shop…

There are warning signs in the rooms, that you should not leave the doors or windows open, because monkeys might come inside the room!

It was lunch time and we walked down from the Rock and went to Mamma Mia Pizzeria, which is located at Elliots Way and ate tasty “Caraibi” pizzas there.

Caraibi – pizza

We moved towards the Gibraltar center and took pictures outside of The Convent, which has been the apartment of Governor of Gibraltar since 1728. In Raymond Benson‘s novel “DoubleShot” (2000) this was a setting for the final scene of the book.

“A Governor’s aide, an attractive brunette who might have been a Miss Gibraltar at one time, met them at the airport. The four Spaniards and the man from Britain piled into a limo and then went to the Convent. Main Street had been closed, blocked off all traffic, both pedestrian and otherwise. It was 9:45 by the time they stepped through the impressive brick facade that framed the main entrance to what was at one time an old Franciscan convent. The name had stuck.”

Raymond Benson: “DoubleShot” (2000)

Just beside of the Convent is The King’s Chapel, which also plays very important role in “DoubleShot

“With or without tourists, the King’s Chapel was always open to the public at the weekend. Officially a part of the Convent, the Governor’s private residence, it dated back to 1533. The original Franciscan Chapel had been built in the shape of the cross, although a portion was later appropriated for the Governor’s residence. The shape is more or less retained and today is used both the Church of England and by Roman Catholics.”

Raymond Benson: “DoubleShot” (2000)

“The tour went through the Duke of Kent Room, back upstairs to the Drawing Room and Billiand Room, then back down to the main entrance. At this point, the group turned north, went through a small white door, and entered the King’s Chapel.

Raymond Benson: “DoubleShot” (2000)

“The man who had entered the building as ”Peter Woodward,” obviously an expat now working as a bodyguard for Espada, found his weapon under the designated pew. The weight was familiar – it was the Walther PPK. He placed the bag in his waistband under the jacket. As he walked back up the stairs to the first floor of the Convent, he carefully undid the string on the silk bag and removed the gun. Once he was led back into the Ballroom, the Walther was loose in his waistband with the safety off, ready to be fired.”

Raymond Benson: “DoubleShot” (2000)

After some souvenir shopping we went back to the beautiful Rock and visited the lovely pool area of The Rock Hotel, which is located other side of Europa Road.

We also visited these places:

The Pillars of Hercules was the phrase that was applied in Antiquity to the promontories that flank the entrance to the Strait of Gibraltar. The northern Pillar, Calpe Mons, is the Rock of Gibraltar. (Wikipedia)

The Pillars of Hercules

O’Hara’s Battery is an artillery battery in the British Overseas Territory of Gibraltar. It is located at the highest point of the Rock of Gibraltar, near the southern end of the Upper Rock Nature Reserve, in close proximity to Lord Airey’s Battery. (Wikipedia)

Tunnel from engine room to gun at O’Hara’s Battery
The Gun

Europa Point is the southernmost point of Gibraltar (the Southeast most point of the Iberian Peninsula being Punta de Tarifa 25 km southwest of Gibraltar). (Wikipedia)

The Europa Point Lighthouse, also referred to as the Trinity Lighthouse at Europa Point and the Victoria Tower or La Farola in Llanito, is a lighthouse at Europa Point. (Wikipedia)

Harding’s Battery is a restored artillery battery. Built in the 19th century, this battery shows the scale of guns that could fire 800 pound projectiles over a foot in diameter over to the other side of the Straits of Gibraltar. (Wikipedia)

The Sikorski Memorial in Gibraltar commemorates the 1943 Gibraltar B-24 crash of 4 July 1943 which caused the death of General Władysław Sikorski, the commander-in-chief of the Polish Army and Prime Minister of the Polish government in exile. (Wikipedia)

Ibrahim-al-Ibrahim Mosque, also known as the King Fahd bin Abdulaziz al-Saud Mosque or the Mosque of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, is a mosque located at Europa Point. (Wikipedia)

Ibrahim-al-Ibrahim Mosque
Airport of Gibraltar

Next morning we went back to Spain side and towards Marbella. We tell about that on our next day’s travel story here

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