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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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...
The Church of Nuestra Señora de la Palma (Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de la Palma) began its construction in...
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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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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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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...
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. On this beach you will find several reefs stand out a few metres from the coast, known as las Hermanas. This makes it a dangerous place for navigation. Due to its small size, El Chinarral...
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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...
The Archaeological Complex of the Medieval Walls houses the remains of a defensive complex built in the late...
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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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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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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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Paseo de la Cornisa

Paseo de la Cornisa

Paseo de la Cornisa (“La Cornisa Promenade”) is a spectacular pedestrian path surrounded by green areas that runs along the seafront of Algeciras. Here you can find the headquarters of...
Paseo de la Cornisa (“La Cornisa Promenade”) is a spectacular pedestrian path surrounded by green...
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Paseo de la Cornisa


Paseo De La Cornisa, Carretera Rinconcillo, Algeciras, España
Paseo de la Cornisa (“La Cornisa Promenade”) is a spectacular pedestrian path surrounded by green areas that runs along the seafront of Algeciras. Here you can find the headquarters of the Chamber of Commerce Industry and Navigation of Gibraltar. Also, sports facilities, schools or the remains of the tower popularly known as “Del Polvorín” or...
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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 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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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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