The Campo de Gibraltar, where the Mediterranean meets the Atlantic and where Europe practically touches Africa.
The Campo de Gibraltar is the Spanish name given to the coastal stretch covering the southernmost point in continental Europe. As the name suggests, another of the outstanding local features is “The Rock of Gibraltar”.
It is a truly spectacular area, not just because of the mere 12 kilometres that separate the two continents, or the and the majestic Moroccan mountains towering above the Strait of Gibraltar. The vegetation is exuberant thanks to the humidity arising from the nearby sea masses, and yet it also home to some of the most beautiful beaches in Spain, including the impressive sand dunes at Bolonia.
Walking is relaxed: there are no high peaks on the Spanish side of the Strait, and yet the scenery does not disappoint and the views over to the Moroccan Rif are amazing.
The Campo de Gibraltar area is one of the earliest inhabited by modern man. It has been home to marine nations from all over the Mediterranean, of which there are many spectacular reminders.
Although not technically in Spain, Gibraltar is famous for Neanderthal remains, but without having to cross the border we can still enjoy some excellent pointers to the ancient past of the Campo de Gibraltar. In addition, there are megalithic tombs, cave paintings, and the fascinating ruins of the Roman town Baelo Claudio on the very beach at Bolonia, where one of the most highly valued products of the time, “garum” or fish paste, was produced and shipped throughout the Roman Empire.
In more modern times, both Tarifa and Algeciras have a fishing and trading tradition, and both have important ports from where several ferries cross to and from Morocco every day. And in terms of shipping, the Strait of Gibraltar is where all vessels leaving or entering the Mediterranean must pass, from cruise liners to container ships to tankers, an impressive sight to contemplate from the shoreline or during a marine mammal watching boat trip.
There are few places in Europe offering such optimum conditions for whale and dolphin watching. Read more...
The Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean meet in the coastal area between Gibraltar and Tarifa. The water is therefore very deep, and fish abundant, ideal conditions for whales and dolphins. In addition to being home to several resident species, this stretch of water is also narrow, only 12 kilometres wide, and acts as a funnel for migratory marine mammals.
One of our most exciting and attractive activities in the area is a boat trip departing from Tarifa, where we spend some time navigating in the Strait of Gibraltar in order to watch and photograph dolphins and whales.
The vast majority of migrating bird species between Europe and Africa pass above the Strait of Gibraltar due to the proximity of both land masses. Read more…
This translates into an amazing opportunity to see birdlife, depending upon the time of year chosen to visit. In fact, the area is of such importance that specialists travel from all over the world to see the spectacle, and the Spanish Ornithological Association employs staff to record species and numbers. One of our visits is to a protected vulture colony, to see these fascinating birds.
If you enjoy birdwatching, please contact us for bespoke packages or consult our web page for specific packages with a specialist English speaking ornithologist.