In case you are catching up on our trip:
We stayed at AC La Linea. It’s a chain of hotels throughout Spain, Portugal and Italy. The hotel itself was very nice, well priced and had a free mini bar.
Sorry about the messy photos. I couldn’t get a photo before Jon plopped down his belongings EVERYWHERE.
Here was the view from our balcony which was also a plus.
I hope you enjoyed my commentary.
While there were plenty of good things about this hotel there were a couple of bad things.
1. The front desk weren’t much help. We didn’t know where to eat dinner so we asked for some recommendations. The women had to think and then gave us 3 places. We tried one the first night and it was not good. We also about tours, day trips and things to during our stay and all the lady gave us was a map of La Linea. She couldn’t give us any more information which was frustrating.
2. There wasn’t any conditioner in the bathroom. I know most European (or outside of the US) hotels don’t provide conditioner but I’m still going to complain because I don’t understand why they don’t provide it.
3. Free wi-fi in the lobby but not in the room. Just put it in the room too.
There were more pros than cons so I would recommend staying at an AC hotel if you are in Spain, Portugal or Italy.
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Day 1 of vacation
Day 2 of vacation
Day 3 was spent in Marbella, Spain. It was a 1.5 hour bus ride up the coast.
I knew it was a beach town and it wasn’t going to be hot enough to lay out but we figured we might as well explore since we were close enough. While doing research we saw a lot about the Bonsai Museum so we checked it out. We were the only visitors and we didn’t have any guidebook or descriptions of the plants so it was pretty funny. It was 2 rooms filled with different Bonsai trees that were up to 500 years old. If you’re in the area don’t waste your time.
There you go. You can now say you visited the museum.
After the museum visit we went down to the beach and the old town.
There were street artists in the old town and their work was very beautiful. One in general stuck out. Watch him do his thing in the video.
What do you think of his work?
Marbella was a great day trip but next time we will definitely bring our bathing suits so we can lay on the beach.
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You can read about our first day in Gibraltar here.
The best way to see all of the Rock of Gibraltar is to take the cable car up to the top and then explore it on foot. At the base of the rock there are a ton of “tour guides/taxi drivers” trying to persuade you to take their tour for £70 but we did it all for £17.50 and was able to go at our own pace.
We took the cable car up the rock.
The view from the top was breath-taking. You could see Gibraltar, La Linea, Algeciras and a bit of Morocco.
When we got off the cable car we were warned about the monkeys but we also read this ahead of time:
Barbary Macaques (Apes)
Tourists should be aware that the Barbary macaques are wild animals and do bite. It is advisable not to feed the Barbary macaque, despite encouragement from irresponsible taxi drivers. It is illegal (hefty fines are in force) and bad for their health. Never try to pick up a baby Barbary macaque – its mother will not be happy, and neither will you. If you are bitten by a Barbary macaque, you will require hospital treatment, whilst the Barbary macaques are rabies-free they can infect you with hepatitis, they are most aggressive on the top of the rock, as the most successful animals claim the uppermost reaches of the rock, their less successful fellows being shoved down the rock and the social pecking order.
Clearly these Americans didn’t read the same article.
Other things to do on the rock are:
Climbing stairs and walking miles:
Eventually you make it down the rock and are so tired you just sit in the square and devour chips with cheese, cheesy garlic bread and beer. Yummmm!
A great second day in Gibraltar!
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