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    Has anyone here visited the island of Alboran between Anadlucia and Morocco? I would really like to anchor and snorkel there since its a no-fishing zone. There's some talk of anchorages on the imray costa del sol, but it says all-stone on the charts..


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    There is another island called PEREJIL.This was the scene of allcout war between Spain and Morrocco in the early part of this centuary so I would check out if you can approch the island,it may have a military contingent ready to repel attackers especially if your flying the red ensign.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mogy View Post
    There is another island called PEREJIL.This was the scene of allcout war between Spain and Morrocco in the early part of this centuary so I would check out if you can approch the island,it may have a military contingent ready to repel attackers especially if your flying the red ensign.
    Perejil is basically a large rock near Ceuta at the eastern end of the Straits and for accurate information, see here:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Perejil_Island

    Not exactly an all out war! In the few times I have been close, the only scrutiny apparent was that of the odd baleful goat.

    Alboran, some 100 or more miles further east, has for many years been a Spanish possession and has a small garrison. I understand you need prior permission to visit, but from who or whether it would be granted, I have no idea. Take your SSR and ships papers just in case

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alboran


    Good luck, bet you dont find a bar

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    Hello, thanks for that! I'm on the Belgian flag and got plenty of red diesel on me (topical). Apparently you can go to Alboran with or without permit and they may or may not permit you to land.

    Anyone been there? (Apart from Costeau, saw the island in one of the Frenchie legend's documentaries)

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    Quote Originally Posted by capnsensible View Post
    Perejil is basically a large rock near Ceuta at the eastern end of the Straits and for accurate information, see here:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Perejil_Island

    Not exactly an all out war! In the few times I have been close, the only scrutiny apparent was that of the odd baleful goat.

    Alboran, some 100 or more miles further east, has for many years been a Spanish possession and has a small garrison. I understand you need prior permission to visit, but from who or whether it would be granted, I have no idea. Take your SSR and ships papers just in case

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alboran


    Good luck, bet you dont find a bar
    Well it seemed like all out war the way the politicos blew it up!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mogy View Post
    Well it seemed like all out war the way the politicos blew it up!!!!
    Yeah, those 6 cadets must have been terrifying!!!!

    I get to go to Ceuta and Morocco a lot and never see any signs of animosity. Saw the incident itself in 2002 and it really was like handbags at dawn.

    Ceuta is well worth a visit, Mellillia too. Much cheapness!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mogy View Post
    There is another island called PEREJIL.This was the scene of allcout war between Spain and Morrocco in the early part of this centuary so I would check out if you can approch the island,it may have a military contingent ready to repel attackers especially if your flying the red ensign.

    The Island of Peregil (or Parsley Island)...i...s not really an island.
    It is a lump of rock a few yards off the Morroccan coast about the size of a hockey pitch.

    Some years ago, some Morroccan goatherds had the brilliant idea of putting some of their goats on there to forage the odd gorse and brambles to be found there as the "island" as you call it is totally deserted and useless because it is limestone with lots of fissures and imperfections.

    Now the Spanish military......suddemy appear with helicopters and hell know what and descend upon these poor inoffensive goats to shoo them off as the goats do not hold Spanish passports and for that matter nor do the goatherds as, for the Spanish nation........it is an affront of international magnitude to have their territory invaded in this way.

    The Spanish press, radio and TV made a great meal of this and you can see clips of it on YouTube of Spanish soldiers brandishing automatic weapons and posing triumphantly to have their pictures taken.

    Alboran is another matter......it is a small rocky islet which Spains claims is an important military base.....and is garrisoned to protect its interests......over there.

    I landed there several years ago secretly for fun......and I can report nothing of interest is to be found there except a lot of seagulls and birds that migrate from Africa and descend to have a rest.

    I was disappointed with the garrison. I remained undetected and was able to observe a few token troops looking very bored, that's all.

    I expected to see a missile base or a state of the art military installation but no luck.

    All the installations outmoded, you could say, steam driven......probably of Spanish Civil War (1933 - 1936) pedigree.

    But Spain would have you think it rivals Portsmouth or even Amnapolis, the home of the US Navy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by VO5 View Post
    The Island of Peregil (or Parsley Island)...i...s not really an island.
    It is a lump of rock a few yards off the Morroccan coast about the size of a hockey pitch.

    Some years ago, some Morroccan goatherds had the brilliant idea of putting some of their goats on there to forage the odd gorse and brambles to be found there as the "island" as you call it is totally deserted and useless because it is limestone with lots of fissures and imperfections.

    Now the Spanish military......suddemy appear with helicopters and hell know what and descend upon these poor inoffensive goats to shoo them off as the goats do not hold Spanish passports and for that matter nor do the goatherds as, for the Spanish nation........it is an affront of international magnitude to have their territory invaded in this way.

    The Spanish press, radio and TV made a great meal of this and you can see clips of it on YouTube of Spanish soldiers brandishing automatic weapons and posing triumphantly to have their pictures taken.

    Alboran is another matter......it is a small rocky islet which Spains claims is an important military base.....and is garrisoned to protect its interests......over there.

    I landed there several years ago secretly for fun......and I can report nothing of interest is to be found there except a lot of seagulls and birds that migrate from Africa and descend to have a rest.

    I was disappointed with the garrison. I remained undetected and was able to observe a few token troops looking very bored, that's all.

    I expected to see a missile base or a state of the art military installation but no luck.

    All the installations outmoded, you could say, steam driven......probably of Spanish Civil War (1933 - 1936) pedigree.

    But Spain would have you think it rivals Portsmouth or even Amnapolis, the home of the US Navy.
    If this Belgian insists on invading Albaran we could have an international "Incident".As things are the new Spanish government need some reason to distract the population,what better than a ar overseas!!!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mogy View Post
    If this Belgian insists on invading Albaran we could have an international "Incident".As things are the new Spanish government need some reason to distract the population,what better than a ar overseas!!!!!!
    Yes, exactly. Flat broke and with massive unemployment problems.
    History may repeat itself.
    You would find Alboran untinteresting, I promise.
    I landed there for a dare with a chum I did military service with many years ago. We landed at dusk and moved about at night. Then we laid up for the day and did another thorogh recce as soon as the sun went down and through the night. We got off the island at sunrise, undetected.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VO5 View Post
    Yes, exactly. Flat broke and with massive unemployment problems.
    History may repeat itself.
    You would find Alboran untinteresting, I promise.
    I landed there for a dare with a chum I did military service with many years ago. We landed at dusk and moved about at night. Then we laid up for the day and did another thorogh recce as soon as the sun went down and through the night. We got off the island at sunrise, undetected.
    That was probably a garrison made up of fed up "Mili".I saw a tv programme recently that showed a proper military turnout,we are taking no chances after Perijil!!!!

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