Introduction to Algeciras, Spain
Regarded as one of Spain's most important port cities, there's a lot more to discover than meets the eye in bustling Algeciras.
Situated on the western side of the Bay of Gibraltar, Algeciras is a bustling industrial centre and one of Spain’s most important port cities. The sight of tall gantry cranes, huge container ships and large passenger ferries may not inspire you as you glide into port, however there’s a lot more to this gritty, yet charming city than meets the eye.
As you plunge further into the centre of the city – away from the busy industrial zones – you’ll discover pretty parks, tree-lined plazas and delightful squares. Plaza Alta – which some say is one of the best squares in the entire Andalusia region – is one of the city’s most popular areas, and is where the finest tapas bars, cafes and local shops are found. There’s also a vibrant Moroccan quarter to explore – hardly surprising considering Algeciras’ busy ferry links to Africa – where you can sample traditional Moroccan mint tea and delicious baked treats.
It’s also worth exploring the gorgeous coastline to discover the city’s often-forgotten array of fine golden-sand beaches. They are popular with locals and visitors alike, who come to escape the hustle and bustle of the port and soak up the glorious Spanish sunshine. El Rinconcillo in particular is well worth a visit, as it’s completely open to the bay and offers fantastic views of the Rock of Gibraltar and even Morocco on a clear day.
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- Admire the natural beauty of Bolonia
- Explore on a walking tour of the charming town of Tarifa
You begin your tour with a beautiful drive to one of the most impressive beaches of Cadiz situated in the national park of the strait of Gibraltar – Bolonia. Its unspoiled surroundings and natural beauty speaks for itself and the ruins of the ancient Roman, Baelo Archaeological Site, dedicated to the fishing and processing of the Tuna into “Garum paste” (greatly appreciated in the Roman Empire) have been declared a National Historic Monument.
After this visit, you will be driven to Tarifa along the coast, the most southern point of the European continent and a world renowned surfer´s paradise.
Once in Tarifa, you will be taken on a walking tour by your professional guide through this old, famous town. The narrow cobbled streets, tumbling jasmine and beautiful wrought-iron “rejas” make Tarifa old town a charming place for a tranquil stroll. The original castellated city walls of this ancient town are tightly woven into the fabric of the whitewashed houses. However, many of the buildings you see today were constructed in the 18th Century.
After your 60 minute walk, you will board your coach for your journey back to the port of Algeciras.
Is this tour right for you?
IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? There is approximately one kilometre of walking involved at the archaeological site, some of which will be over gravel and uneven terrain. There will also be 1 kilometre of walking during the guided tour of Tarifa, therefore we do not recommend this tour to guests with limited mobility.
- Discover the highlights of Gibraltar
- Observe Gibraltar’s most famous inhabitants at the Apes Den!
- Admire the impressive St Michael’s Cave
When you first set eyes on the Rock of Gibraltar, it is almost impossible not to be impressed by the visual impact of its structure, towering above the surrounding countryside.
Beginning on the western side of Gibraltar, you will travel along the city wall, passing reclaimed land, the Trafalgar Cemetery and the cable car station before you reach Europa Point, where you can savour breathtaking views across the Strait to North Africa. Take in the busiest shipping lane in the world, and admire the mingling of the Mediterranean Sea and Atlantic Ocean, and two continents.
At the Upper Rock area and St Michael’s Cave, you will be able to appreciate the mass of oddly shaped stalagmites and stalactites. The cave consists of the Upper Hall, which was prepared during World War II as an emergency hospital but never used, and five connecting passages leading to a smaller hall. Enjoy a stop at the Apes Den, where you can view the semi-wild primates up close. The apes are a breed of tail-less monkeys called Barbary Macaques, and roam freely on the rocky slopes.
Next you return to Gibraltar’s town centre where you can enjoy time at leisure to admire the shops and take in this typically British environment. Finally rejoin your tour transport for your return journey back to Algeciras.
Is this tour right for you?
IMPORTANT INFORMATION: As you will cross the Spain/Gibraltar border all guests will be required to carry their passport. Guests who fail to bring their passport will be denied boarding. Guests will remain in the bus whilst crossing the border, a Spanish policeman and an English one will get on the bus to check all passports. Guests can keep their passports with them. The bus will drive to the parking area in Gibraltar and you will join a minivan for the excursion in Gibraltar. On the way back, when leaving Gibraltar, guests must get off the coach on the Gibraltar side of the border and pass through customs on foot. .
IS THIS TOUR RUIGHT FOR YOU? Unfortunately the tour transport in Gibraltar cannot accommodate wheelchairs. Lunch is NOT included in this tour however there will be free time allowing guests to purchase lunch or snack if you wish. There is approximately one hour of compulsory walking involved with this tour and approximately 30 steps to encounter throughout the tour. Once in Gibraltar, there will be English speaking driver-guide giving explanations.
- Explore the quaint fishing village of Tarifa
- Enjoy a guided walking tour or explore at your own pace
Departing the port of Algeciras, you will be driven to the charming town of Tarifa along the Spanish coast, the most southern point of the European continent and a world renowned surfer´s paradise.
Once in Tarifa, you will commence with a walking tour, accompanied by your guide through this famous old town. The narrow cobbled streets, tumbling jasmine and beautiful wrought-iron “rejas” make Tarifa old town a charming place for a stroll. The original castellated city walls of this ancient town are tightly woven into the fabric of the whitewashed houses. However, many of the buildings you see today were constructed in the 18th Century.
After your walking tour you will have some free time to explore the town, browse the shops or relax in one of the authentic bars and restaurants. Feeling relaxed, you will board your coach for your journey back to your awaiting ship.
Is this tour right for you?
IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? Guests can take the option not to participate on the guided walking tour of Tarifa, however please note that Tarifa is not suitable for guests with walking difficulties due to the cobblestone streets and uneven terrain.
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