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Algeciras as seen from Gibraltar

Algeciras is a city in the Andalucia region of southwestern Spain. Most travellers come to Algeciras for its numerous ferry connections to Morocco and don't spend more than a few hours in the city. A shame, given the town's quiet charm.


The north-south coastal road, Avenida de la Marina, is Algeciras's main artery. The tourist information office (Calle Cervantes), is well signed from this road.


Algeciras is on the Western side of Bahia de Algeciras (Algeciras Bay) virtually opposite Gibraltar. Roughly speaking, it is orientated north to south. The Avenida Virgen del Carmen is the main road that runs along the water front. The ferry port is about midway along the Abenida del Carmen: it can't really be missed as dozen of signs are pointing in its direction and there is constant ferry traffic in and out of the port. There is also an elevated heliport right in front of the ferry port.

The main shopping streets, together with the town square and central market, are set back behind the Avenida Virgen del Carmen and are mainly pedestrianised. There is a wide range of shops here, from local food shops and boutiques to the main brands.

The bus and railway stations are close together, about 300 m west (and slightly to the south) of the ferry port in the main town.

Get in[edit]

Map of Algeciras

By train[edit]

From Algeciras there are daily train connections to Madrid. Three a day on the very picturesque route to Ronda and Granada.

The 1 Algeciras train station Algeciras railway station on Wikipedia is 300 metres west of the port entrance. Just walk outside the station and straight down Calle Cervantes (the street in front of you) until you reach the Avenida de la Marina. You will see signs from here to the port.

By bus[edit]

Buses to main Spanish cities, 10 connections daily to Malaga (2-3 hours, €18). There is a free shuttle bus between Algeciras and Tarifa for Tangier-Tarifa ferry ticket holders, 40 min ride.

The 2 central bus station is just up the road from the tourist office, heading away from the port.

By boat[edit]

The 3 ferry terminal Port of Algeciras on Wikipedia is the heart of Algeciras and is well-signed from most roads in the city. Services from the following destinations arrive at the port:

  • Ceuta—daily services running about every hour from 08:00 - 22:15, 60-90 min trip, €35.
  • Tangier Med—daily services running about every 90 minutes from 07:00-22:00. Fast ferries (40 minutes+ 20 minute free bus, €37) and normal ferries (2½ hours, €22) are available. Note that Port of Tanger Med is the commercial port of Tangier, about 30 km from Tangier, and is different from Port of Tangier, which is served from Tarifa, Spain. (The French spelling is Tanger, the English is Tangier.)
  • Tangier - fast ferry (high speed craft by FRS or Inter Shipping) between Tangier and Tarifa (not directly to Algeciras) running hourly, ticket €35-40, duration 35 min. There is a free shuttle bus leaving for Tarifa terminal from the ticket offices at Algeciras' harbour one hour before the corresponding ferry's departure.

If you are headed for the bus station, you have to leave the port and walk about 7 minutes up the hill (opposite of the ocean).

Get around[edit]

By bus[edit]


Plaza Alta de Algeciras
Medieval Walls
  • 1 Plaza Alta de Algeciras. A beautiful area of ​​3700 m² delimited by poplars from Lombardy, that was created in 1807. In 1929, ceramic factories were commissioned to create tiles for the square. There are many benches to take a break. Plaza Alta (Q4846262) on Wikidata Plaza Alta (Algeciras) on Wikipedia
  • 2 Paseo de Cornisa. A pedestrian path that runs along the city's coastline, from Juan Pérez Arriete avenue to Rinconcillo beach. It is an open space surrounded by green areas.
  • 3 Torre del Almirante. Powder magazine tower. Forming part of the defensive line that was built along the coastal front of Algeciras, the remains of the tower popularly known as "Del Polvorín" or Torrealmirante still remain, near the Playa de la Concha. During the Civil War, this facility was used as a machine gun nest and observer station, and next to it there was a water pipe regularly visited by the people of Algeria. Torre del Almirante (Q7829758) on Wikidata Torre del Almirante on Wikipedia
  • 4 Church of Our Lady of La Palma (Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de la Palma). The main parish church of Algeciras is in the Plaza Alta. In its main altar the Virgin of La Palma is venerated. Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de la Palma (Q4906665) on Wikidata Church of Nuestra Señora de la Palma, Algeciras on Wikipedia
  • 5 Archaeological Complex of the Medieval Walls. It was built between 1279 and 1285. In 1379, the Nasrid sultan Mamad V destroyed the city, the walls and blocked the port. Until the arrival of new settlers from Gibraltar, in 1704, Algeciras was uninhabited. The ruins are made up of a 100-m defensive wall, four late medieval towers and two smaller ones. The Archaeological Complex of the Medieval Walls is distributed over an area of ​​6,000 m². A walk runs from Calle Alfonso XI to Avenida Virgen del Carmen, and the Interpretation Centre of Andalusian Culture is next to the remains. Marinid Walls of Algeciras (Q129913) on Wikidata Marinid Walls of Algeciras on Wikipedia
  • 6 Parque de Maria Cristina. Beautiful city park with almost tropical vegetation, very relaxing. Parque María Cristina (Q4267570) on Wikidata Parque María Cristina on Wikipedia


Places of natural interest include:

  • 1 Parque Natural del Estrecho. A 189 km2 (73 sq mi) park at the southernmost point of mainland Spain, and of mainland Europe, at the point where the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea meet in the Strait of Gibraltar, which places it on the migratory route for many birds. El Estrecho Natural Park (Q3108464) on Wikidata El Estrecho Natural Park on Wikipedia
  • 2 Parque Natural Los Alcornocales. The most extensive forest of cork in Spain and one of the largest in the world. Los Alcornocales Natural Park (Q390474) on Wikidata Los Alcornocales Natural Park on Wikipedia
  • 3 Getares beach (Playa de Getares).
  • 4 Rinconcillo beach (Playa de El Rinconcillo).


  • 1 The covered market (Mercado de abastos), Plaza Ntra. Sra. de la Palma. Visit the covered marketto watch the lively trade of all kinds of foods, fresh fish, meat and feel almost as if you are already in Morocco.
  • 2 Pasteleria Alhambra, Calle Jose Santacana 2 (One block south of the covered market), +34 956 65 34 57. Closes at 15:00. Specialist in 'Dulces Arabes' (Moorish sweets) and also sells excellent bread. Charges by the kilogram.


You'll find plenty of cheap bars, cafes and restaurants along the Avenida de la Marina, Calle Alfonso Once and around Plaza Alta. They stay open long into the night. Often not closing until the early hours.

  • 1 Lizarran, Edificio Plaza Mayor (from the midpoint of the central park (Parque Maria Cristina) cross the road to its east and walk into the pedestrianised Plaza Mayor), +34 956 7208434. Part of a chain, but very popular with the locals. The plaza itself is a soulless modern development, but this place is often very busy - after you've found a table waiters bring you a constant and varied choice of tapas. There is also a view (just) of Gibraltar. Tapas range from €1.5-3 each.
  • LA CATA TAPAS algeciras, specialized on a wide variety of mini sandwiches. Very popular among locals, low prizes, tasty. Rudimentary knowledge of English but this is compensated by the super friendly staff. 3-5 canapés/montaditos make a good lunch.


  • Enea Club y Copas.
  • Elite.
  • Cairo, Calle Alfonso Once.
  • Cafe Teatro, Calle Trafalgar.



If you're stuck in Algeciras after the last ferry or bus has left town, you'll find plenty of budget accommodation options in the neighbourhood around Avenida de la Marina. In the busy season, you can expect to get a double for €18 a night.

There are a couple of basic hotels opposite the ferry port entrance:


  • 3 Hotel AC (on the eastern edge of the city centre). A fantastic hotel with very friendly staff. From €75 per night.
  • 4 Hotel Reina Cristina, Paseo de la conferencia, +34956602622, fax: +34956603323, . From €90.

Stay safe[edit]

Be careful with visiting neighbourhoods like Saladillo, Bajadilla or La Piñera.

Go next[edit]

Routes through Algeciras
Ceuta  S Trasmediterránea N  END
Morocco Tanger Med  S Trasmediterránea N  END
merges with  SW Autovía del Mediterráneo NE  La Línea de la Concepción & GibraltarMalaga
CádizTarifa  SW Carretera del Mediterráneo NE  merges with

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