Defending the Rock: The Walls and Fortifications of Gibraltar

Defending the Rock: The Walls and Fortifications of Gibraltar

People have fought over the occupation of Gibraltar for centuries. In the last two millennia the Moors, the Spanish and the British have all had a foothold on the Rock, lured by its strategic location at the entrance to (or exit from) the Mediterranean. Defending the...

The Hollow Mountain: Gibraltar and Its Caves

The Hollow Mountain: Gibraltar and Its Caves

Gibraltar is full of caves. They are a part of the long history of the Rock, stretching back to the earliest times. One of the most famous – and the one most easily accessible to visitors – is the spectacular St Michael’s Cave, close to the top of the Rock of...

More Than Just a Day Trip: What to See and Do in Gibraltar

More Than Just a Day Trip: What to See and Do in Gibraltar

The vast majority of visitors to Gibraltar come as day trippers, either on cruise ships or across the Spanish border. A quick tour around the sights, and perhaps a drink and a bit of duty free shopping before heading off back to the ship or the holiday resort. But...

Exploring the City Walls and Alcazar of Segovia

Exploring the City Walls and Alcazar of Segovia

Segovia’s fortifications tend to be a bit overshadowed by the city’s main tourist atraction, the Roman aqueduct. But the city walls and Alcazar (fortified castle) are an important part of Segovia’s history. And they offer the visitor some spectacular views of the...

Exploring the Roman Aqueduct of Segovia

Exploring the Roman Aqueduct of Segovia

It is the classic view of Segovia. The spectacular Roman aqueduct that dominates the town and reaches out towards the mountains. Visitors clamber to the top for the views, or walk between its arches. They might even float gently above it in one of the colourful...

Walking Around the Medieval Walls of Avila

Walking Around the Medieval Walls of Avila

Avila is often described as the “City of Saints and Stones”. The saint is St Teresa, and the stones are the city walls, supposedly the finest in the whole of Europe. Avila is also just a bus ride away from Segovia, where I was planning to visit the Roman remains. So I...

The Old Town and Walls of Girona, Costa Brava

The Old Town and Walls of Girona, Costa Brava

Visitors to the Costa Brava often overlook Girona, heading instead to the regional capital Barcelona. But Girona has some of the most complete city walls in Spain, medieval streets that seem hardly to have changed over centuries, and lots of traditional Catalan...

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