Algeciras city

Old Apr 12th 2011, 4:45 pm
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La Brujidera is the name of the tapas bar on Calle Once on the left side between Plaza Alta and the town hall. Nice wines and always popular at lunch time for the bites.
Glad you are visiting the museum and hope it is open. The railway used to continue down to the port alongside the river Rio de la Miel. The river is long 'diverted' or covered over but love those old pictures. Algeciras is making all this area between the station and the port better but you can still see an old building halfway up which was the Hotel Anglo Hispano - and very nice inside. See : http://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hotel_Anglo-Hispano

The bus station called SAN BERNARDO is opposite the railway station and here you can take local buses around to La Linea or other local places. And of course the long distance buses. Nice clean bus station with good loos , a shop, lockers to park luggage, and a moderate cafeteria with menu del dia.
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Old May 10th 2011, 6:46 pm
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Did it yesterday.

The train trip from Jimena down through the Vega de Hozgarganta is beautiful. I've driven it many times but everything looks different from the train. After half an hour the train drops you in Algeciras - the station is pretty much in the centre.

From there it's a ten minute walk to the museum - small but well kept and quite interesting. The man on the desk was helpful and smiley.

Then a walk along main road running by the port to the market - a bustling and busy place with wonderful smells. The building is quite special - octagonal (I think) with no supporting column anywhere. It looks modern but was built in 1935.

Then a short walk through narrow shopping streets to the Plaza Alta which is quite nice and the main shopping streets leading off. One of these leads to a section of city wall from way back which has been preserved and fenced off and there are information boards.

There is a very large Zara store on the main shopping street and we were amazed at how disorganised and untidy it seemed to be - clothes on the floor and hanging over rails - and shoes kicking around the floor. We didn't buy anything.

Then back to Plaza Alta for a very nice meal - tapas for starter and mixed fried fish, patatas fritas and salad and many cervezas and vinos blancos - less than 40 Euros for the two of us, not bad at all.

We enjoyed the day - everyone was nice and helpful. We didn't feel threatened at all.

It's not a holiday resort and it's not a wonderful city like Sevilla or Cordoba. It's a working town with good bits (we probably saw most of the good bits) and bad bits - to be honest it doesn't look too good from the bypass.
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