A sizeable city, Algeciras is one of the few places in Andalucía to offer little to the visitor. The only reason to come here is to catch the ferry to Ceuta or Tanger from its busy passenger port; Ceuta in particular is an appetizing destination for a couple of days. In summer, Algeciras is the destination for thousands of Moroccans, who head home from jobs in Europe to visit friends and family.
Algeciras has an interesting history but, unfortunately, ugly urban expansion has left almost no trace of it. It was an important Roman port, and later the landing point for the first Moorish armies in their invasion of the peninsula in AD 711. Raided by the Vikings in AD 859, it was later seized by raiding Berbers during the collapse of the Córdoba caliphate and became a self-governing taifa state until the rulers of Sevilla grabbed control of it. It’s now one of Spain’s more important ports.
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