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.

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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Playa El Rinconcillo
Playa El Rinconcillo is probably the most recommended beach in Algeciras. This is due to its great length and the availability of equipment...
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Playa del Rinconcillo, Costa Rinconcillo Playa, Algeciras, España

Playa El Rinconcillo is probably the most recommended beach in Algeciras. This is due to its great length and the availability of equipment and services. It is the most frequented one by locals. The beach has two distinct areas. The first one corresponds to the southern zone, from the small cove of La Concha to...
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Playa de Getares
Playa de Getares Beach is a city beach in Algeciras (Province of Cádiz). It is surrounded by mountains and vegetation. It has several...
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Playa de Getares, España

Playa de Getares Beach is a city beach in Algeciras (Province of Cádiz). It is surrounded by mountains and vegetation. It has several services that make it very comfortable to use. Its name comes from a nearby Roman salting factory called Caetaria, where it would derive to Cetariis, adapted to Arabic as Xetares. On this...
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Nuestra Señora de Europa Sanctuary
The Nuestra Señora de Europa Sanctuary (Santuario de Nuestra Señora de Europa) is one of the places you should visit while in Algeciras....
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Santuario De Nuestra Señora De Europa, Calle Pablo Mayayo, Algeciras, España

The Nuestra Señora de Europa Sanctuary (Santuario de Nuestra Señora de Europa) is one of the places you should visit while in Algeciras. Located in Plaza Alta, this small building houses the statue of Cristo Atado a la Columna and María Santísima de Las Lágrimas. The current building dates back to 1769. The original one...
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Playa de El Chinarral
Playa de El Chinarral, in Algeciras, is located between the cliffs of Punta de San García and Punta del Rodeo. Near the Port of Algeciras,...
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El Chinarral Beach, Algeciras, Spain

Playa de El Chinarral, in Algeciras, is located between the cliffs of Punta de San García and Punta del Rodeo. Near the Port of Algeciras, you will find the port facilities of «El Saladillo» Nautical Club. On this beach of fine sand and calm waters, several reefs stand out a few metres from the coast,...
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Ingeniero Torroja Market
The Ingeniero Torroja Market, the Algeciras Market, is a rationalist building work of Eduardo Torroja Miret built in 1935. This modern,...
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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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Interpretive Centre of Al-Andalus Culture
The Interpretive Centre of Al-Andalus Culture, in Algeciras, aims to spread the medieval history of the city. In its facilities the...
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Centro De Interpretación De La Cultura Andalusí, Avenida Blas Infante, Algeciras, España

The Interpretive Centre of Al-Andalus Culture, in Algeciras, aims to spread the medieval history of the city. In its facilities the importance of the town as a doorway to the Al-Andalus is perceived, as well as its great political and military...
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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...
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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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Garganta del Capitán
La Garganta del Capitán Route is located in Los Alcornocales Natural Park, specifically in Algeciras. One of the great characteristics of...
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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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Los Alcornocales
With 170,000 hectares, Los Alcornocales Natural Park is crowned as the best preserved nature treasure in the province of Cádiz. Its...
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Los Alcornocales, España

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 Arcos de la Frontera, Tarifa, Medina Sidonia, Ubrique, Los Barrios, Jimena de la Frontera and Jerez de la Frontera. Its name refers to the park’s...
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Parque del Centenario
Parque del Centenario (“Centenary Park”) is a green area located in the so-called Punta de San García, in Algeciras (province...
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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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