Algeciras, Spain at the gates of Morocco
In the south of Andalusia, facing Gibraltar, Algeciras is an industrial city whose port is Spain’s leading cargo port, the 5th largest in Europe, and one of the most important in terms of passenger transport for a trip to Morocco.
It is an essential stopover point for a very large number of emigrants, easily accessible by motorway and its bus station is connected to the major Andalusian cities and beyond.
In the old quarter of San Isidro with its steep alleys, a bar-museum is dedicated to the great local flamenco star, Paco de Lucia, who was born in the city. A statue of the legendary guitarist is erected on the town’s town hall square.
On the hilltops of the port, Plaza Alta is the nerve centre of the city, from there start these popular streets that accompanied the youth of Paco de Lucia. Also where the emblematic buildings of the port city can be found: the church of Palma and the Chapilla de Nuestra Señora Europa built in the 17th century.
It is on the port facade and in the alleys around the squares Juan de Lima, San Hiscio, Nuestra Señora de la Palma, and the station RENFE that are concentrated a good number of hotels of varying standing and prices.
Algeciras has a long coastline, but the beaches are often interspersed with industrial areas, and the city’s seafront is entirely occupied by the port infrastructure and the ferry terminal. The best known are Rinconcillo in the north and Getares in the south.
AccessBy road we reach Algeciras by the A-7, A-381 and N-340.
From the bus station, the Estación de Autobuses San Bernardo, there are various companies that provide connections to the major Spanish and European cities.
Bus station: Calle San Bernardo, 1. Algeciras.
Alsa bus company. Links with Murcia, Alicante, Barcelona, Madrid, Valencia as well as to France, Portugal, Belgium and Holland.
Automoviles Portillo Avanza. Links with Malaga Granada and Jaén.
Daibus: Links to Murcia, Barcelona, Madrid, Alicante, Valencia, France, Portugal and part of Northern Europe.
RENFE railway station. Avenida Gesto por la Paz.
By sea from / to Morocco
Several shipping companies provide daily connections with Ceuta and Tangier Med. The average price of a passage is 37 € for adults, 20 € for children from 3 to 12 years old. It will cost 95 € for a car.
For Tangiers, it takes 70 minutes to cross the border and 35 minutes for Ceuta.
A FEW DAYS IN MOROCCO FROM SPAIN