Holidays in Algeciras – an exotic city with beautiful beaches
Algeciras may be set in sun drenched Costa del Sol but it offers an altogether more exotic holiday experience than most Spanish beach resorts. Located on the western coast only 12Km from Gibraltar this sizeable port city sits on the stunning Algeciras Bay; the port is the busiest in Spain and is the gateway to North Africa.
Families and couples of all ages go on holiday here to soak up the traditional Spanish and Arabic atmosphere in the old town markets, restaurants and tavernas, and to enjoy the golden beaches and seafront promenades. There are plenty of sports available including golf in Tarifa and watersports such as scuba diving, jet skiing and sailing.
If you love to explore you can take a quick ferry trip to Gibraltar or to North Africa to visit exotic Tangiers in Morocco. Once the sun goes down the nightlife in Algeciras holds something for everyone with nightclubs, bars and romantic little restaurants.
Algeciras is a sunshine destination all year round but if you are a hot weather lover then the peak summer months will be the best option. The city, and the beaches, do become busy during the summer, especially during the school holidays, and the spring and autumn seasons will be quieter. These low season periods are also the best time to benefit from the reduced rates offered by hotels and airlines. Winter sunshine holidays in Algeciras are an option. You can play golf all year round here, and this is another good time to pick up lower priced holidays.
You can expect plenty of hot sunny weather during the summer with daytime temperatures heading towards the over 30C mark during the hottest month of August. Summer evening temperatures will be a balmy 19C and rainfall will not disturb your summer holiday. The spring and autumn months are also warm, sometimes hot, with temperatures of between 2OC and 25C. Rainfall mainly tends to appear from November through March but there will still be plenty of warm sunny weather with the winter months seeing temperatures of 17C.
Good holiday deals to Algeciras can be found during the low season periods during spring, autumn and winter. Avoiding the busy school holidays such as Easter, August, October and Christmas will result in discounted flights and accommodation. To obtain low cost holidays during the popular summer months it is advisable to book in advance. If you are booking flights and accommodation separately then midweek flights will usually come with reduced prices.
Direct flights from the UK to Malaga Airport (AGP) are available year round from most major city airports; flight time is approximately three hours. Malaga Airport facilities include restaurants, bars, car hire and duty free shopping. Transfer time to Algeciras is approximately 90 minutes. Trains, buses and taxis depart from Terminal 3; taxis are unmetered and the fare to Algeciras will be approximately 150 euros (£120) per car. Independently booking a private car with driver for the transfer is convenient and the fare will be approximately 82 euros (£66) per person.
Direct buses are available from Malaga to Algeciras with a transfer time of approximately three hours and a fare of 15 euros (£12). Independently booking a rental car online is another cheaper option. The main roads are in good condition with driving on the right; car hire prices will start at around 90 euros (£72) per week.
The Costa del Sol is famed for its immense, unspoilt beaches that are lapped by the exceptionally clear Mediterranean Sea and the golden sand beaches at Algeciras are no exception. The warm waters here are a mix of the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean and swimming is available for much of the year thanks to the sunny climate. Whether you are looking for family friendly beaches with plenty of activities or secluded little coves you will not be disappointed with these stunning beaches.
Playa Getares is regarded as one of the best beaches in the area. The golden sands stretch for over a mile and shelve gently into the placid waters making it a popular beach for families with young children. During the summer months the beach plays host to a children’s fair and a market while restaurants and cafeterias are located along the seafront. Paddling boats are available as well as sun loungers and parasols under which to take shade from the hot sunshine.
For an isolated, untouched beach, head to Playa Rinconcillo, which is actually two individual beaches. The stretch of almost white sand beach next to the River Palomes is sheltered by marshes and the perfect place to escape the crowds. The waters here are deeper than those found at the adjoining busy beach area but if it is peace and quiet you desire then this is the place to come.
Watersports enthusiasts should make the 15 minute drive to Playa Arte Vida to see why the beaches in Tarifa have become world famous as a surfing destination. Kite and wind surfing are the most popular sports here, especially from October to May. Jet skiing and water skiing are also popular and the stunning beaches of Tarifa should be experienced at least once if you are visiting Algeciras.
Miles of golden sand and the warm Mediterranean Sea await you in Algeciras. Relaxing on the sun drenched beaches and enjoying the views of the African Coast and the Rock of Gibraltar will be one of the highlights of the day. Playa Getares is a Blue Flag beach that stretches for 2.5 miles backed by the seafront promenade. Playa El Rinconcillo is another beautiful Algeciras beach that boasts watersports facilities including a windsurfing school.
Algeciras certainly boasts some exciting day trips including boat rides to Tangiers in Morocco where you can also visit Casablanca and Fez. The amazing Bay of Gibraltar is a mere nine miles away from Algeciras, and you can spend a day spotting dolphins and whales. The spectacular mountains and the beautiful town of Ronda can be reached with a short train journey.
Scuba diving in Algeciras is a major pastime thanks to the amount of ancient wrecks in this area that include aircraft and Sherman tanks from WWII and Roman anchors. There are dive schools in Algeciras and Gibraltar that will provide lessons and excursions for divers of all skill levels.
There is no shortage of great restaurants in Algeciras, and fish and seafood lovers will be heaven with the choice on offer. Go to the atmospheric restaurants by the seafront that serve traditional Spanish dishes, or try the numerous tapas bars in the area. Be adventurous and try out the octopus dishes washed down with some fine local wines.
Nightlife in Algeciras can be a lively affair with venues including live music including rock and jazz clubs. There are numerous little taverns by the seafront where holidaymakers can sip a cool drink and admire the amazing views of the Rock of Gibraltar in the distance.
Bahia Aquapark / Aqua Tropic
Situated near Algeciras, this popular Bahia waterpark has a variety of slides to suit all ages, including the Kamikaze, Black Hole and Adventure River. For more information check their website: bahiapark.com. You could also try Aqua Tropic waterpark which is near Almunecar and has the usual array of chutes and slides. Check their site: aqua-tropic.com.