In addition to all the fiestas that took place all over the Costa, Gibraltar, the tiny British Overseas territory on the coast of southern Spain, celebrated its tercentenary, after looming in history books for 300 years. Strategically important, it keeps watch over the intersection of two continents and the only entrance to the Mediterranean Sea from the Atlantic Ocean. The phrase "As safe as the Rock" has become commonplace in the English language.
The Spanish say that they are taking offence at the celebrations and visits to Gibraltar by British dignitaries, while the Rock is a matter of dispute between Spain and the U.K. We cannot be politically influenced one way or the other, but quite frankly, we don't see what is wrong with the celebrations when any excuse is a good reason for a fiesta anywhere else on the Costa, furthermore one cannot change history just to be polite.
Apart from that, it would seem that our prediction was right, hotel bookings have been declared officially down on previous years and the reason: people, long or short term, now stay in private properties and save quite a bit on hotel prices, as well as restaurants that do not offer a service that matches the price.
Summer is officially over, I do not see the usual major influx of Golfers on the Costa this September, and hopefully I am wrong.
So now let's move on to our winter and understand that the Costa income now comes from a substantial foreign resident population who chooses to live here for most of the year.
Hopefully next year, when the explorers of newly found, cheaper resorts have been disappointed and a lesson has been learned by the Costa's hotels, restaurants and golf courses, resulting in a little more competitive prices, then the summer tourist will flourish again as before.