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From: Bob Briggs
Date: 13 Aug 1998
Remote Name: 126.96.36.199
If you land at Gibraltar in daylight maybe you can see Spain's Sierra Nevada, north of Malaga before you get to Gibralter. It only goes up to about 12,000 feet and there is a road from Granada to the top. It is snow covered in winter which makes it easy to see but there is probably none left this late in summer.
I was stationed near Cadiz (Rota Naval Air Station) 30 years ago and explored southern Spain by car then. The spanish were hassling the british over Gilbratar then and progressively restricted access from the Spanish mainland (Gilbralter is an ismuth, almost an island). When I was there they would no longer let you drive your car from Spain to Gilbratar but you could walk across the border. Later the spanish cut off the land route and required you to take a boat from a nearby spanish town (Algeciras). Later they required you to take a boat to North Africa and then back to Gibraltar. I think they have eased up some more recently.
If you get into southern Spain by car from Gilbratar you are right next to Torremolinos, (the spanish riviera, beaches and golf courses occupied mostly by northern europeans like the brits or swedes seeking sun), and a couple hours from Jerez de La Frontera, the sherry/brandy making region with winery (bodega) tours like in Napa/Sonoma wine country. Sevilla and Granada are also within two or three hour's drive.