Madrid to Algeciras
There is a train service from Madrid to Algeciras in Andalucia from Madrid Atocha Station. However, the service is fairly slow and infrequent with only 2 daily direct services. Long-distance Altaria trains make the journey, which takes around 5 hours and 20 minutes. Another option by train is to take the high-speed AVE service from Madrid to Antequera and then changing trains there to Algeciras. The journey time using this route is longer at 6 hours and there’s only one service a day. It would actually be quicker to take the high-speed AVE service from Madrid to Malaga (journey time is only 2 hours 30 minutes) and then to collect a car hire at Malaga Station and drive to Algeciras (generally under 2 hours driving). If you arriving by train to Algeciras, the train station is located south of the city centre, close to the port.
For more information on taking the high-speed AVE service from Madrid, see our guide to departing on the AVE from Madrid Atocha Station. But if you’d rather drive from Madrid to Algeciras with the convenience of your own car, see our Madrid Atocha car rental guides. Many car hire suppliers also offer one-way rentals within Spain. Although there is usually a surcharge, it’s worth considering if you’d rather start and finish your trip in a different location.
Best in Algeciras Travel
Algeciras is a an industrial port city in the Cadiz province of Andalucia. It’s located on the other side of the bay from Gibraltar. And a highlight of the city is the views of the Rock. You can enjoy best views of it from the city’s beaches as well as Centenario Park to the south of the port. The city is largely a jumping-off point for beach resorts in the area as well as for the ferry to Tangier.
If you’ve got more time to spend in the city, it’s worth heading to the San Isidoro neighbourhood, the oldest part of the city. It’s a pretty neighbourhood with some interesting monuments including the Church of Nuestra Señora de la Palma. There are a few city beaches including Rinconcillo (north of the port) and Getares (south of the port). However, it’s hard to escape the feeling of being close to it.
Best beyond Algeciras
Just 20kms southwest of Algeciras, Tarifa (pictured at the top) is one of the most popular beach towns on the Costa de la Luz. And it has some fab beaches that are particularly popular with windsurfers. You can find more fab Costa de la Luz beaches around Bolonia and Zahara de los Atunes.
Away from the coast, this part of Andalucia also has some really beautiful cities. Jerez de la Frontera (Jerez for short), an important sherry-producing city, is one such city. It’s 100kms northwest of Algeciras. Historical highlights include the Alcazar and Plaza del Arenal. You can also visit some of the most well-known sherry wineries to learn more about it.
To enjoy the region’s natural landscapes, head to the Alcornocales Nature Reserve and Sierra de Grazalema Nature Reserve. Both have some great hiking trails. Notable villages in and around the reserves that make good stops include Castellar de la Frontera, Grazalema and Ubrique.
20kms east of Algeciras, Gibraltar Airport is the nearest airport. If you’re ending you’re trip here and need to return a car hire, it’s a good option to do that.