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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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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Río de la Miel

Río de la Miel

This tour takes you along Río de la Miel (“River of Honey”). A fascinating path of cultural and natural interest in Algeciras. You can discover an important cultural legacy: ruins of...
This tour takes you along Río de la Miel (“River of Honey”). A fascinating path of cultural and...
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Río de la Miel


Calle Maestra María Luisa, Algeciras, España
This tour takes you along Río de la Miel (“River of Honey”). A fascinating path of cultural and natural interest in Algeciras. You can discover an important cultural legacy: ruins of canals and windmills, old roads, bridges medieval style or the Las Niñas Fountain and Source. The vegetation of this tropical forest, with species that...
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Nuestra Señora de Europa Sanctuary

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. Located in Plaza Alta, this small building houses the statue...
The Nuestra Señora de Europa Sanctuary (Santuario de Nuestra Señora de Europa) is one of the places you...
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Nuestra Señora de Europa Sanctuary


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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Interpretive Centre of Al-Andalus Culture

Interpretive Centre of Al-Andalus Culture

The Interpretive Centre of Al-Andalus Culture (Centro de Interpretación de la Cultura Andalusí), in Algeciras, aims to spread the medieval history of the city. In its facilities the importance of...
The Interpretive Centre of Al-Andalus Culture (Centro de Interpretación de la Cultura Andalusí), in...
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Interpretive Centre of Al-Andalus Culture


Centro De Interpretación De La Cultura Andalusí, Avenida Blas Infante, Algeciras, España
The Interpretive Centre of Al-Andalus Culture (Centro de Interpretación de la Cultura Andalusí), 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 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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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...
With 170,000 hectares, Los Alcornocales Natural Park is crowned as the best preserved nature treasure in the...
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Los Alcornocales


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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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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El Estrecho

El Estrecho

Located between the Atlantic ocean and the Mediterranean sea, El Estrecho Natural Park has unique characteristics. This is due to the extreme climatic conditions to which it is subjected, presenting...
Located between the Atlantic ocean and the Mediterranean sea, El Estrecho Natural Park has unique...
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El Estrecho


Parque Natural del Estrecho, Tarifa, España
Located between the Atlantic ocean and the Mediterranean sea, El Estrecho Natural Park has unique characteristics. This is due to the extreme climatic conditions to which it is subjected, presenting a very particular fauna and flora. The east and west winds, so characteristic of the Strait, have set up dunes, white and fine sand beaches,...
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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...
La Garganta del Capitán Route is located in Los Alcornocales Natural Park, specifically in Algeciras. One of...
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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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Plaza Alta

Plaza Alta

Plaza Alta (“High Square”) has been the scene of many important chapters in the history of Algeciras. It is one of the most significant and popular places in the city. In the early 19th...
Plaza Alta (“High Square”) has been the scene of many important chapters in the history of...
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Plaza Alta


Plaza Alta, Plaza Alta, Algeciras, España
Plaza Alta (“High Square”) has been the scene of many important chapters in the history of Algeciras. It is one of the most significant and popular places in the city. In the early 19th century, General Castaños proposed the construction before the Grand Admiral Manuel Godoy. He aimed to turn it into a monument which...
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