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The walk leads south initially through dense maquis but   metres above sea level were once on the shoreline.
 soon opens up into less dense garrigue. As the   At the top of this first flight, there are some buildings   MAKE a
 vegetation thins a spectacular view to North Africa 12   built by the military during World War II and a short
 miles away across the Strait emerges. In season you will  tunnel. Emerging from the tunnel, you are treated to a
 see clumps of paperwhite narcissi, asphodels,   unique view north along the east face of the Rock to
 Dutchman’s pipe and Gibraltar saxifrage amongst the   Spain and the coast of the Costa del Sol. Between 1903
 Esparto grass, dwarf fan palms and wild olive trees.  and 1961 the east face was covered in concrete and   SPLASH
 The path narrows and curves to the north as it takes   corrugated steel sheets. This 34 acre covering drained
 you to the edge of the cliffs. Yellow -legged gulls launch   rainwater into channels that then took the water to
 themselves off the cliff to soar over the sea. Their cries   underground reservoirs. In 2001 the Gibraltar
 are piercing in the otherwise silent world you inhabit   Ornithological and Natural History Society started to
 here. When nesting these gulls mob the unwary walker,   supervise the removal of the water catchment area and   in the
 swooping at your head and swerving at the last split   by 2006 it was returned to its natural state, a fossilised
 second with cries of outrage that you have trespassed   dune that had built up over hundreds of thousands of
 in their area. Do not fear; they are harmless.  years.              New Year
 The Steps  The path winds its way upwards getting ever steeper.
 You will arrive at the bottom of the first flight of stairs.   Keep your eyes open for the Gibraltar Candytuft that
 These take you to a cave, Martin’s Cave, where the rare   nestles in crannies in the rock face. The posts and
 Schreiber’s bat roost and breed. On this day the bats   ropes alongside the steps have been refurbished, but
 are very sensibly still deep in   care is still needed. This steep section takes you to the
 the recesses of the cave. It is   base of the final cliff. From here the path ascends in a
 an excellent spot to sit, have   zigzag up the vertical face. This last section before the
 a coffee and admire the   top is home to no less than five species  of plant
 view. For an oldie like me,   endemic to Gibraltar, the Gibraltar Candytuft, Gibraltar
 it is also the last chance to   Thyme, Gibraltar Campion, Gibraltar Chickweed and
 regain breath before the   Gibraltar Saxifrage.
 more strenuous part of   The Top       visit Andalucia
 the walk. The steps   Finally, at the top you will be rewarded by views both
 continue and lead to   east and west. Just to the south, on the summit ridge,
 the Goat’s Hair Twin   are two 9.2 inch gun batteries. These are Lord Airey’s   More than just a Magazine
 Caves, home to   and O’Hara’s batteries. Last fired in 1972 by the Royal
 humans in the dim   Gibraltar Regiment, the batteries were installed during
 and distant past.   World War II. O’Hara’s has been restored and is now   Visit Andalucia is a community resource, it lets you promote   ON THE WEB
 These caves now   open to the public.  your forthcoming events, your business news and your   In addition to your advertisement you also
 hundreds of   Follow the road as it zigs and zags down the rock to   business promotions in the magazine and on our website  automatically get an entry in our Business
 emerge back at Jew’s Gate or at the north end of the   Visit Andalucia is a new   Directory online and will receive regular
 Rock on Willis’s Road that takes you past the   editorially based, glossy   updates of the number of visitors to your
 Homage Tower. From there you can twist   publication. 5000 copies are   page.
 and turn through the old town to   distributed in Marbella, Puerto   Included in your listing is a full web page
 reach Casemate’s Square.  Banus along the coast to all the        showing your logo, up to 4 images, a Google

       tourist and ex-pat hotspots down                            map and a complete description of your
       the coast into Gibraltar and then                           business
       inland to Gaucin, Casares,                                  You will be able to log on and edit your page
       Manilva and Jimena de la                                    and indeed monitor traffic yourself.
       Frontera. We distribute on the                              Now in 20 Major European Languages
       first two working days of every                             IN THE COMMUNITY
       month.                                                      Tell us about your forthcoming events
      IN THE  MAGAZINE                                             and we will share them with our groups
      Every edition has lots of lovely editorial about Andalucia. Places   and friends and print them
      of interest, fashion, health and beauty, food and drink, homes,   in the magazine.
      gardening, history, plus what to do and where to go.         Charities benefit from free
      Visit Andalucia is an interesting read and as a magazine, it will   promotion of their events
      be in circulation for a lot longer than a newspaper. It is a coffee    in the magazine and
      table type of publication.                                   on the web.

      TO ADVERTISE WITH US
      Contact Jane on 619 820 403 - jane@visit-andalucia.com
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