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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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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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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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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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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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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Playa El Rinconcillo

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 and services. It is the most frequented one by locals. The...
Playa El Rinconcillo is probably the most recommended beach in Algeciras. This is due to its great length and...
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Playa El Rinconcillo


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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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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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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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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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...
Parque del Centenario (“Centenary Park”) is a green area located in the so-called Punta de San...
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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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