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THE GIBRALTAR CONNECTION

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A BRIEF HISTORY (source wikipedia)

The Lines of Contravallation of Gibraltar were built by Spain in 1730 to isolate Gibraltar, the lines were north of the isthmus linking Spain with Gibraltar. The neutral zone between Gibraltar and Spain has since been built on by Spain. These lines were the first form of a border between Gibraltar and Spain.

During the Peninsular War in the early 19th century, Spain had initially been allied to France while trying to invade Portugal, but France shortly after turned on its ally, Spain. Forcing the Spanish to ally itself with Great Britain and Portugal against Napoleonic France to regain control of Spain from the French, the Lines of Contravallation of Gibraltar were blown up by the Gibraltar Commanding Royal Engineer Charles Holloway who with permission from Spain began to blast an opening through them on 14 February 1810 to avoid them falling into the hands of the approaching French.Gibraltar, supported by La Linea, became an important base for Spanish fighters against Napoleon’s troops. Currently, all that remains of the Lines of Contravallation of Gibraltar are the Ruins of Fort St. Barbara, which is in a recovery phase, while the Fort San Felipe remnants have appeared recently. Fort San Carlos does not seem to have left preserved evidence.

In 1909 Britain was aware of the need to reduce the number of sentries and built a fence 7 ft (c. 2m) high, however there was suspicion about the motives for the fence.

Spanish dictator Francisco Franco ordered the closure of the border gate on June 8, 1969, in response to the Gibraltar Constitution Order 1969. The border was not fully reopened until February 1985.

RECENT EVENTS

In 2010, the People’s Party mayor of La Línea, Alejandro Sanchez, attempted to impose a so-called “congestion charge” on people entering or leaving Gibraltar, despite having been told by the Spanish Government that such a charge would be a breach of national and international EU law. Then, in July 2013, the Gibraltar Government placed a number of concrete blocks in the sea off the coast of Gibraltar, intending to form an artificial reef. The Spanish Government protested stating that it had a negative impact on fishing in the area, restricting access for Spanish fishing vessels. At the end of July the Spanish Government introduced extra border checks for people going in and out of the territory into Spain. The British Government protested as the checks were causing major delays of up to seven hours while people waited to cross the border, and on 2 August the Spanish Ambassador was summoned to the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London to explain these developments.

GUIDED TOURS
The most popular are the Rock Tours run by various companies with mini bus shuttles going up and down the Rock with stop offs at the historical places. Also popular are the dolphin boat tours. We also cant forget the Barbary Apes that have made their home on The Rock

SKYWALK 
Standing 340 metres directly above sea level, the Skywalk is located higher than the tallest point of London’s The Shard. Gibraltar’s Skywalk offers breath-taking 360º views spanning three countries and two continents and links to other sites within the Upper Rock Nature Reserve including the thrilling Windsor Suspension Bridge and the famous Apes’ Den via a series of walking trails.
Built on the foundations of an existing WWII base structure, the Skywalk is designed to withstand wind speeds of over 150km/hour and can carry the weight of 5 Asian elephants, or 340 people, standing on it at the same time (visitor numbers will be limited to 50 at any one time). The floor and balustrade panels are made up of 4 layers of laminated glass (with a total thickness of around 4.2cm).
Laid out side-by-side, the 42 glass panels would cover more than 750m², roughly the equivalent of 4 tennis courts. The walkway is 2.5m wide and projects a maximum of 6.7m from the main structural support point. 70m of rock anchors and 30,000kg of steel secure the Skywalk to the Rock.

AIRPORT

Gibraltar also has its own airport http://www.gibraltarairport.gi/

CUSTOMS AND ID CHECKS

Customs and identity checks on the Spanish side of the border are carried out by the Spanish Civil Guard and the Spanish National Police. Customs and identity checks on the Gibraltar side of the border are carried out by HM Customs Gibraltar and the Borders & Coastguards.

Maritime borders – The Gibraltar Port Authority controls the territorial waters of Gibraltar that border Spain’s.

CUSTOMS ALLOWANCE /DUTY FREE – IMPORTATION FROM GIBRALTAR INTO SPAIN

For travellers buying in Gibraltar and intending to import into Spain (www.gibraltarinfo.gi)

Tobacco Products:

200 cigarettes or

50 cigars or

250 gms of tobacco.

Alcoholic Beverages:

1 litre of spirits or strong liqueurs (over 22% vol.), or

2 litres wine

171 Euros worth of a variety of goods including perfume and toilet water*

(Children 17 years and under may import half this allowance.)

*Attention:

Singular expensive items may be valued by the Spanish customs at a rate they consider the item should cost.

People under 17 cannot have the tobacco or alcohol allowance

Goods bought over the customs allowance in Gibraltar may only be imported into Spain between 0900 hours and 2100 hours.

CUSTOMS ALLOWANCE/DUTY FREE – IMPORTATION FROM GIBRALTAR INTO UK.

Tobacco Products:

200 cigarettes or

100 cigarillos or

50 cigars or

250 gms of tobacco

Alcoholic Beverages:

2 litres still table wine

1 litre of spirits or strong liqueurs (over 22% vol.), or

2 litres of fortified wine, sparkling wine or other liqueurs

Perfume:

60cc of perfume

250cc of toilet water

THE ABOVE INFORMATION IS ONLY TO BE USED AS A GUIDELINE, WE STRONGLY RECOMMEND THAT ANY ENQUIRIES REGARDING IMPORTATION OF GOODS FROM GIBRALTAR INTO SPAIN BE DIRECTED TO SPANISH CUSTOMS AT THE FRONTIER. INLAND CASAS DOES NOT ACCEPT RESPONSIBILITY FOR ANY CHANGES TO THE ABOVE.

Other goods

Articles of any description to a total value of £145.

NB Duty free allowances for the UK are the same as the above, except for ‘other goods’, which can have a total value of £145.