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[[Image:Algeciras-Gibraltar.jpg|thumb|250px|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.
=== Orientation ===
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 300m west (and slightly to the south) of the fery port in the main town.
==Get in==
The ferry terminal 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 8 am - 10:15 pm. Fast ferries (40 minutes, €18) and normal ferries (90 minutes, €11) are available.
* [[TangierTanger Med]] -- daily services running about every 90 minutes from 7 am - 10:00 pm. Fast ferries (40 minutes+ 20 minute free bus, €37) and normal ferries (2.5 hours, about €29) are available.Note that Port of Tanger Med is the commercial port of [[Tangier]], about 30km from Tangier, and is different from Port of Tangier, which is served from Tarifa, Spain. (The French spelling is Tanger, the English is Tangier.) 
There are many fast hydrofoils daily on FRS Ferry Serice from Tangiers Tangier for about 37 Euros one way or 67 Euros round-trip (as of November 2010). As you go through customs, there are free buses waiting in the parking lot to Algeciras.
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).
{{related|Ferries in the Mediterranean}}
==Get around==   
See the beautiful Plaza Alta and the nearby San Isidro district.
Getares beach and Rinconcillo beach.
*<buy name="Pasteleria Alhambra" alt="" address="Calle Jose Santacana 2" directions="One block south of the central market" phone="956 65 34 57" url="" hours="Closes at 15:00" price="Charges by the kilogram" lat="" long="">Specialist in 'Dulces Arabes' (Moorish sweets) and also sells excellent bread.</buy>*<buy name="Zara" alt="" address="Calle Calle San Antonio, 4-6 11201 Algeciras, España " directions="" phone=" 956 630 343" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Popular Spanish chain for men, women and children. Also sells home decor.</buy>
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.
*<eat name="Lizarran=Eat" address="Edificio Plaza Mayor" directions= You'll also find plenty "From the midpoint of cheap '''cafes''' the central park (Parque Maria Cristina) cross the road to its East and restaurants along walk into the Avenida de la Marina, Calle Alfonso Once and around pedestrianised Plaza AltaMayor" phone="956 7208434" url="" hours="" price="Tapas range from €1.25 to 1. They stay open 95 each" lat="" long into ="">Part of a chain, but very popular with the nightlocals. 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. Often not closing until past 11pm There is also a view (just) of Gibraltar.</eat>
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 neigbourhood around Avenida de la Marina. In the busy season, you can expect to get a double for 18 Euros €18 a night.
The Hotel AC on the eastern edge of the city centre is a fantastic brand new hotel with very friendly staff. Rates can be as low as 65 Euros per night.
There are a couple of basic hotels opposite the ferry port entrance - I'd suggest the : * Hotel Al Mar (35 Euros €35 per night single, 65 Euros twin)*<sleep name="" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long=""></sleep>
* Hotel Alboran [], Calle de los Álamos s/n, Tel.: +34 956632870, Fax.: +34 956632320, [email protected],
* Hotel Reina Cristina, Paseo de la conferencia, s/n, Telefon +34956602622, Fax +34956603323, E-Mail: [email protected], [email protected]
==Stay safe==
Avoid going to neighbourhoods like Saladillo, Bajadilla or La Piñera. Even though it's full of friendly gypsy people, you might get in trouble if you look foreign.
==Get out==

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