Just off the coast of Tarifa, Spain, sits Isla de Las Palomas, which is the southern-most point of mainland Europe. This point also marks the dividing line between the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea. And it has the signs to prove it!
The island is connected to Tarifa by an elevated causeway. Although one can walk to the island, access onto the island-proper is restricted as it is owned by the Ministry of Defense.
At the end point of the causeway, my husband and I were buffeted by the Strait of Gibraltar’s strong winds as we stood between the Atlantic and the Mediterranean. Note the two indicator signs on either side of the road.
And then all seemed calm. Beyond a quiet Mediterranean cove, at the distant harbor’s edge, stands the statue of Virgen Del Carmen*, patron saint of the sea and those who fish there. A fitting choice given that, here, two great and unpredictable forces meet.
*Or it could be a statue of Jesus or St. Francis or ?…. Internet sources disagree. I’ll have to keep looking into this.