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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Archaeological Complex of Medieval Walls

Archaeological Complex of Medieval Walls

The Archaeological Complex of the Medieval Walls houses the remains of a defensive complex built in the late 13th century. It happened when Algeciras was under Marinid domain. In 1379, the Nasrid...
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Archaeological Complex of Medieval Walls


- Murallas Meriníes, Calle Fuerte Santiago, Algeciras, España
The Archaeological Complex of the Medieval Walls houses the remains of a defensive complex built in the late 13th century. It happened when Algeciras was under Marinid domain. In 1379, the Nasrid Sultan Muhammad V carried out the destruction of the city and the walls. Then, the city was uninhabited until the arrival of new...
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Río Palmones Marshland

Río Palmones Marshland

Río Palmones Marshland is an interesting place formed at the mouth of the Palmones River. It is a protected area that is located between Algeciras and Los Barrios. This place extends over 113...
Río Palmones Marshland is an interesting place formed at the mouth of the Palmones River. It is a protected...
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Río Palmones Marshland


- Río Palmones, España
Río Palmones Marshland is an interesting place formed at the mouth of the Palmones River. It is a protected area that is located between Algeciras and Los Barrios. This place extends over 113 hectares. It was declared Natural space in 1989. The biological interest lies in being a stopping point for a large number 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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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...
San Isidro Neighbourhood (Barrio de San Isidro) is one of the most special and picturesque spots of...
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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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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...
The San Garcia Fort (Fuerte de San García), located in the Parque del Centenario in Algeciras, is a valuable...
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San Garcia Fort


- Fuerte de San García, Algeciras, España
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 proliferation of defensive buildings at the Bay. Among them, there are two that stand out. The presence of the constant danger that caused...
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Playa de Getares

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 services that make it very comfortable to use. Its name comes...
Playa de Getares Beach is a city beach in Algeciras (Province of Cádiz). It is surrounded by mountains and...
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Playa de Getares


- 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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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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Algeciras Municipal Museum

Algeciras Municipal Museum

Discover the history and archaeology of the area in the Algeciras Municipal Museum. There are many different collections that make up the funds of the Museum. The pieces that especially stand out are...
Discover the history and archaeology of the area in the Algeciras Municipal Museum. There are many different...
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Algeciras Municipal Museum


- Museo Municipal de Algeciras, Calle Teniente Miranda, Algeciras, España
Discover the history and archaeology of the area in the Algeciras Municipal Museum. There are many different collections that make up the funds of the Museum. The pieces that especially stand out are those from the Campo de Gibraltar, the Roman-Byzantine, medieval, modern and contemporary Algeciras. This is because they allow you to learn about...
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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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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. Near the Port of Algeciras, you will find the port facilities of «El Saladillo»...
Playa de El Chinarral, in Algeciras, is located between the cliffs of Punta de San García and Punta del...
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Playa de El Chinarral


- 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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