Our travel guide to Algeciras

Algeciras is a city of marine tradition but, at the same time, modern and cosmopolitan. Due to its strategic position between two continents and its large port complex, it is one of the main hubs of world maritime traffic. Its beaches and cultural legacy complete its tourist attraction. In addition, it is the birthplace of flamenco guitarist Paco de Lucía. Thanks to this Travel Guide to Algeciras you can find all the activities and the best travel tips for your trip.

It is populated from the Lower Paleolithic, and has been an area of ​​settlement of Phoenician and Carthaginian colonies. The first city that existed at the site that occupies the current city was the Roman Iulia Traducta (1st century AD).

In the year 711 on these ruins, Tarik, commanding his troops, founded Al-Yazirat-al-Hadra (“Green Island”). Capital of a province and kingdom of a taifa, it was destroyed in the late fourteenth century. The important Villa Nueva de Algeciras site, the Marinid Baths, the Royal Baths of al-Binya and the Marinid city of Algeciras that are exhibited in the María Cristina Park are preserved from its medieval time.

A unique cultural and natural heritage

The Plaza Alta, the social centre of the city, houses important monuments such as the Parish Church of Nuestra Señora de la Palma and the small Chapel of Nuestra Señora de Europa. The heritage of Algeciras is completed with the Town Hall, the Food Market, the Chapel of Santo Cristo de la Alameda and the Chapel of San Antón, which forms a beautiful complex with the Hospital de la Caridad.

Many of the tourist attractions of Algeciras are its beaches, among which El Rinconcillo Beach stands out. Located in the interior of the Bay, 3 kilometres away from the city centre, it extends to the mouth of the Palmones River. Or that of San García and Getares, 4 kilometres away from the city towards the Punta Carnero lighthouse. In fact, it is very interesting to visit the Ensenada de Getares, a valuable natural and scenic environment consisting of attractive cliffs and a splendid beach, formed by the contributions of the Pícaro river and the Marchenilla and Lobo streams. It is also a wonderful point of observation of birds and cetaceans.

Main Activities: Active Tourism, Beach, Nature, History
Content source: Texts and photos: TUDESTINO.TRAVEL

Our travel guide to Algeciras

Algeciras is a city of marine tradition but, at the same time, modern and cosmopolitan. Due to its strategic position between two continents and its large port complex, it is one of the main hubs of world maritime traffic. Its beaches and cultural legacy complete its tourist attraction. In addition, it is the birthplace of flamenco guitarist Paco de Lucía. Thanks to this Travel Guide to Algeciras you can find all the activities and the best travel tips for your trip.

It is populated from the Lower Paleolithic, and has been an area of ​​settlement of Phoenician and Carthaginian colonies. The first city that existed at the site that occupies the current city was the Roman Iulia Traducta (1st century AD).

In the year 711 on these ruins, Tarik, commanding his troops, founded Al-Yazirat-al-Hadra (“Green Island”). Capital of a province and kingdom of a taifa, it was destroyed in the late fourteenth century. The important Villa Nueva de Algeciras site, the Marinid Baths, the Royal Baths of al-Binya and the Marinid city of Algeciras that are exhibited in the María Cristina Park are preserved from its medieval time.

A unique cultural and natural heritage

The Plaza Alta, the social centre of the city, houses important monuments such as the Parish Church of Nuestra Señora de la Palma and the small Chapel of Nuestra Señora de Europa. The heritage of Algeciras is completed with the Town Hall, the Food Market, the Chapel of Santo Cristo de la Alameda and the Chapel of San Antón, which forms a beautiful complex with the Hospital de la Caridad.

Many of the tourist attractions of Algeciras are its beaches, among which El Rinconcillo Beach stands out. Located in the interior of the Bay, 3 kilometres away from the city centre, it extends to the mouth of the Palmones River. Or that of San García and Getares, 4 kilometres away from the city towards the Punta Carnero lighthouse. In fact, it is very interesting to visit the Ensenada de Getares, a valuable natural and scenic environment consisting of attractive cliffs and a splendid beach, formed by the contributions of the Pícaro river and the Marchenilla and Lobo streams. It is also a wonderful point of observation of birds and cetaceans.

Main Activities: Active Tourism, Beach, Nature, History
Content source: Texts and photos: TUDESTINO.TRAVEL

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Garganta del Capitán

Garganta del Capitán

La Garganta del Capitán Route is located in Los Alcornocales Natural Park, specifically in Algeciras. One of the great characteristics of this route is that it has a spectacular riverside vegetation...
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Garganta del Capitán


Río de la Miel, Algeciras, España
La Garganta del Capitán Route is located in Los Alcornocales Natural Park, specifically in Algeciras. One of the great characteristics of this route is that it has a spectacular riverside vegetation called “canutos”. This is a laurel forest where we find many ferns. This route has a distance of 3.1 kilometres, which takes approximately 2...
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Ingeniero Torroja Market

Ingeniero Torroja Market

The Ingeniero Torroja Market, the Algeciras Market, is a rationalist building work of Eduardo Torroja Miret built in 1935. This modern, functional and transparent work, with very few decorative...
The Ingeniero Torroja Market, the Algeciras Market, is a rationalist building work of Eduardo Torroja Miret...
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Ingeniero Torroja Market


Algeciras
The Ingeniero Torroja Market, the Algeciras Market, is a rationalist building work of Eduardo Torroja Miret built in 1935. This modern, functional and transparent work, with very few decorative details on doors and pillars, is one of the landmarks of the 20th-century Spanish architecture. Today, it remains a reference for students of architecture. This market...
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Parque del Centenario

Parque del Centenario

Parque del Centenario (“Centenary Park”) is a green area located in the so-called Punta de San García, in Algeciras (province of Cadiz). With over 100,000 square metres, in this spot of...
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Parque del Centenario


Parque del Centenario, Calle del Delfín, Algeciras, España
Parque del Centenario (“Centenary Park”) is a green area located in the so-called Punta de San García, in Algeciras (province of Cadiz). With over 100,000 square metres, in this spot of Algeciras you can find some historical remains. One example is the Fort of San Garcia and the remains of the ancient battlement tower of...
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Huerta Grande
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Huerta Grande

Imagine being able to stay in the countryside, enjoying the mountain and a forest full of cork oak and laurel trees. Huerta Grande is the perfect rural accommodation for you. Located on a farm with...
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Huerta Grande


Ctra. Nacional 340, km. 96. 11390 Pelayo. Algeciras (Cádiz) Algeciras 11390
Imagine being able to stay in the countryside, enjoying the mountain and a forest full of cork oak and laurel trees. Huerta Grande is the perfect rural accommodation for you. Located on a farm with more than 7 hectares, the place is just perfect for you to unwind from daily stress with your family. This is...
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Las Acacias Park

Las Acacias Park

Las Acacias Park (Parque de las Acacias) covers the known as Villa Smith, in Algeciras. It is an impressive area with a building with Victorian architecture. It was owned by a British tycoon who...
Las Acacias Park (Parque de las Acacias) covers the known as Villa Smith, in Algeciras. It is an impressive...
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Las Acacias Park


Parque de Las Acacias, Calle del Museo, Algeciras, España
Las Acacias Park (Parque de las Acacias) covers the known as Villa Smith, in Algeciras. It is an impressive area with a building with Victorian architecture. It was owned by a British tycoon who lived there since the late 19th century to the early 20th. The Municipal Museum of Algeciras is located here, in what...
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San Isidro Neighbourhood

San Isidro Neighbourhood

San Isidro Neighbourhood (Barrio de San Isidro) is one of the most special and picturesque spots of Algeciras. Its white houses, cobbled streets, gardens and wrought iron grilles give it an image...
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San Isidro Neighbourhood


Barrio De San Isidro, Calle Gloria, Algeciras, España
San Isidro Neighbourhood (Barrio de San Isidro) is one of the most special and picturesque spots of Algeciras. Its white houses, cobbled streets, gardens and wrought iron grilles give it an image that makes it seem anchored in time. It provides the town with a charm that surely won’t leave you indifferent. You can visit...
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Los Alcornocales

Los Alcornocales

With 170,000 hectares, Los Alcornocales Natural Park is crowned as the best preserved nature treasure in the province of Cádiz. Its enormous extension covers 16 municipalities of Cadiz; such as...
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Los Alcornocales


Los Alcornocales, España
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Church of Nuestra Señora de la Palma

Church of Nuestra Señora de la Palma

The Church of Nuestra Señora de la Palma (Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de la Palma) began its construction in 1720, because the Nuestra Señora de Europa Sanctuary was too small to accommodate the...
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Church of Nuestra Señora de la Palma


Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de la Palma, Calle Ventura Morón, Algeciras, España
The Church of Nuestra Señora de la Palma (Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de la Palma) began its construction in 1720, because the Nuestra Señora de Europa Sanctuary was too small to accommodate the increasing population of Algeciras. It was opened for worship in 1738, when they finished the work of the main nave and the...
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Playa de El Chinarral

Playa de El Chinarral

Playa de El Chinarral, in Algeciras, is located between the cliffs of Punta de San García and Punta del Rodeo. On this beach you will find several reefs stand out a few metres from the coast, known...
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Playa de El Chinarral


El Chinarral Beach, Algeciras, Spain
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San Garcia Fort

San Garcia Fort

The San Garcia Fort (Fuerte de San García), located in the Parque del Centenario in Algeciras, is a valuable example of defensive architecture from the 18th century. Many facts led to the...
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San Garcia Fort


Fuerte de San García, Algeciras, España
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