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Algeciras

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Introduction

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Algeciras is a port city in the south of Andalusia, Spain, and is the largest city on the Bay of Gibraltar with around 116,000 inhabitants.

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Weather

Algeciras has one of the best climates in Europe. It's a typical Mediterranean climate with warm, sunny and dry summers from May to September and mild winters from December to February. Average daytime temperatures range from 16 °C in January to around 28 °C in August, though temperatures of 40 °C are possible even along this coastline. In general though it's much more bearable in summer compared to places inland like Granada or Seville. Nights are between 11 °C in January and 21 °C in August. Summers are dry, precipitation is concentrated in the winter months though also autumn and spring see a few showers every now and then.

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Getting There

By Boat

  • Euroferrys travels between the southern Spanish town of Algeciras to Tanger. It's also a major operator to the Spanish exclave of Ceuta.
  • FRS has boats travelling between Algeciras and Tanger.
  • Comarit travels from Algeciras to Tanger as well.
  • Trasmediterranea plies the route between Algeciras and Tanger, and also has many connections to the Spanish exclaves Ceuta and Melilla from Algeciras.

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Sleep

PropertyAddressTypePopularity
Hostal VersallesC/ Montero Rios, 12Guesthouse77
Lisboa HostalJuan Morrison 46Guesthouse84
Aura Hotel AlgecirasAvda. Virgen del Carmen 64 11204 Algeciras, CadizHOTEL-
Hotel Marina Victoria AlgecirasAvda. de la Marina, 7HOTEL77
Albergue Inturjoven Algeciras-TarifaCarretera Nacional N-340, Km. 95,600HOSTEL-
Hostal Nuestra Señora de la PalmaCalle Nustra Señora de la Palma 12GUESTHOUSE-
Hostal ZagoraCalle Montero Rios 1GUESTHOUSE-

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Keep Connected

Internet

Internet is widely available within Spain. Most airports have wifi-zones and in most towns there are internet cafés or shops where you can use internet for a fixed price. Wi-Fi points in bars and cafeterias are available after ordering, and most hotels offer Wi-Fi connection in common areas for their guests.

Phone

See also: International Telephone Calls

The international access code for Spain is +34. The emergency number for police, ambulance and the fire brigade is 112.

In cities you can find plenty of public phones, and 'locutorios'. The latter are small shops where you can use the phone and use internet. Most of them also sell prepaid cards for mobile telephones. These shops are used a lot by foreigners to call to their mother country.

The main mobile network operators in Spain are Yoigo, Vodafone, Movistar and Orange, as in most of Europe voice and data coverage is generally good in urban areas however it can be patchy in rural locations. Cheap mobile phones (less than €50) with some pre-paid minutes are sold at FNAC or any phone operator's shop (Vodafone, Movistar, Orange). Topping-up is then done by buying scratch cards from the small stores, supermarkets, vending points (often found in tobacco shops) or kiosks.

Post

If you want to post a card, you can head to the post office (Correos). The Spanish post is not yet as efficient as colleagues in other countries so receiving a card can take a bit longer than the number of days that it should take. On the website of Correos, you can find the locations of nearby post offices.
Post offices are generally open from 8:30am to 2:00pm, although times will vary according to the size of the city/town and the main post offices might be open until the early evening. Most will also open again on Saturday mornings, but in the smaller towns will close as early as 12 noon. When posting a letter, look for a yellow box and, if possible, post at the post office itself where there will also be divisions for local, national and international mail. Be prepared for long queues at the post office. This is why tobacco shops sell stamps and many will also have the facility to weigh packages. Standard letters/postcards of up to 20 grams sent within Spain are €0.34. However, non-standard letters/postcards of up to 20g are €0.39. Letters/postcards of 20 to 50 grams are €0.45. In the case of international shipping, the price is €0.64 to most countries within Europe for standard envelopes (letters/postcards) up to 20g, for a few European countries and outside Europe it is €0.78. If you want to send a package you are probably better off with a private courier company like TNT, DHL or UPS, as they offer quick and reliable services against competitive prices.

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