Campo de Gibraltar

It is the southernmost point, where two oceans and two continents merge together. The landscape is so unusual that two Nature Reserves also come together here: the Alcornocales and the Parque Natural del Estrecho.

The region includes the coastal towns of Algeciras, La Línea de la Concepción, San Roque and Tarifa, a walled, Moorish city that is famous for windsurfing and kitesurfing and the Baelo Claudia roman ruins nearby.

Inside the Alcornocales Nature Reserve, considered the best-kept forest in Europe, the towns of Jimena and Castellar de la Frontera are worth a visit, the first for its Roman-Moorish castle and the second for its medieval fortress. If you are touring the region, you must not miss out the municipality of Alcalá de los Gazules, which has been granted the historic-artistic designation.

La Línea de la Concepción

La Linea de la Concepcion stands at the isthmus which joins the Peninsula with the Rock of Gibraltar. Its municipal area is very small. Most of it is low-lying and flat, with Algeciras Bay on one side and the beaches of Levante on the other.

Its origins, appearance and personality have all been shaped by the loss of Gibraltar to the English in 1704, the town going through more or less prosperous times depending on contemporary relations. Its daily life is still closely linked to the Rock, since it is the only point of access between Gibraltar and the Peninsula.

Getting here

La linea de la Conception is just 15-20 minutes from Holiday Inn Express Campo de Gibraltar Barrios. 

 

Jimena

This village is situated to the south of the province, on the north face of the Sierra Magina Mountains, in a landscape which combines olive groves, fruit trees and orchards with rugged uncultivated land.

It preserves some interesting monuments such as the Church and the Palace of the Marquis of Camarasa.

Its municipal district lies within the Sierra Magina National Park, a part of the Subbetic region, which offers beautiful and spectacular views. With regard to vegetation, Holm and Gall oaks are frequent, as well as pine trees and salgareños. Its rich and varied wildlife is also important.

Getting here

Jimena is 35 minutes drive from Holiday Inn Express Campo de Gibraltar.

 

San Roque

The origins of the present-day town lie in the loss of the Gibraltar in 1704, whereupon some of the Rock's residents settled on a small hill where a chapel stood in honour of San Roque.

The old town has been declared to be of Historical and Artistic Importance and its highlights are Saint Mary's Church, Saint Philip's Oratory and San Roque Chapel itself.

Near the Town Hall there is the Mirador Poeta Domingo de Mena, with panoramic views of the district, the Rock of Gibraltar, Ceuta and North Africa.

If you would like to get more information about San Roque, please visit their Official Website here.

Getting here

San Roque is just 10 minutes from Holiday Inn Express Campo de Gibraltar Barrios - Barrios.

 

Los Barrios

The village is located at the heart of the Campo de Gibraltar region, and a large part of it belongs to Los Alcornocales Natural Park.

Due to its prize location, the area has been populated since prehistoric times, although the modern village really only came into existence in the 18th century as a result of the English occupation of Gibraltar.

Worth visiting are Bacinetes Caves and San Isidro Labrador Church.

Getting here

Los Barrios is 12 minutes from Holiday Inn Express Campo de Gibraltar - Barrios

 

Castellar de la Frontera

Located at the heart of the Campo de Gibraltar, perched high on a hilltop in the province of Cadiz sits Castellar de la Frontera.   With commanding views over the Guadarranque reservoir, Castellar Castle is a must-see.  

Dating back to prehistoric times, the village is steeped in history with many caves and insightful cave drawings which substantiate its prehistoric heritage.

During medieval times, the area became a sought after location due to its strong vantage point and was the site of many a battle to gain control of the area.  The Countess of Castellar took possession of the town in 1650 where it became a medieval fortress.

In 1983 it was declared a Historical Artistic Monument and has seen great investment in the restoration of the building.

Today the castle sits as a national treasure amongst a beautifully picturesque landscape and quintessentially spanish 'old town.'

 If you are interesting in finding more about Castellar de la Frontera, we recommend you to visit this page www.visitacastellardelafrontera.com

Getting here

Castellar is less than half an hour from Holiday Inn Express Campo de Gibraltar Barrios

Algeciras

Located to the extreme west of the bay of the same name, opposite Gibraltar, it has, due to its geographic situation, always been an important maritime centre, both in strategic and commercial terms, offering complete control of the Straits.

Part of the municipal area belongs to Los Alcornocales Natural Park, one of Andalusia's largest and of great ecological, scenic and hunting value.

With its long marine tradition, the presence of numerous industries in the bay means that not all of its 23 kilometres of beaches can be enjoyed by tourists, though some are of great interest, such as El Rinconcillo, San García and Getares.

The economic mainstay of this now modern city is its port, one of Spain's most important. Monuments of interest are the Nuestra Señora de la Palma Church and Nuestra Señora de Europa Chapel.

Algeciras is a beautiful port city in Andalusia on the Spanish south coast and the largest city on the Bay of Gibraltar. Port of Algeciras is one of the largest, most important and busiest ports in Europe. Algeciras is also the gateway to North Africa with frequent crossings to Morocco and Tangier.

Algeciras metropolitan area includes the municipalities of Los Barrios, La Línea de la Concepción, Castellar de la Frontera, Jimena de la Frontera, San Roque and Tarifa, with a population of 263,739

  • Population of Algeciras: > 116 209 inhabitants (2009) 
  • Population of Algeciras Metropolitan area: > 263 739 inhabitants (2009) 
  • Area : 86 square kilometres 
  • Climate: Mild. Maximum average temperature in winter: 16°©/ in summer: 32°© 
  • Official languages: Spanish (English widely spoken) 
  • Currency: the Euro 
  • Local time: GMT +1 
  • Electricity: 220 volts

Gibraltar Airport - to 17 km 
Jerez Airport - to 100 km 
Malaga Airport - to 130 km

Gibraltar Airport

The Holiday Inn Express Campo de Gibraltar is ideally located only 9 miles from Gibraltar Airport, a 20 minute cab journey. Daily flights to and from many UK cities make Gibraltar a popular destination for British tourists.

Monarch Airlines operates eight flights weekly to London Luton and five flights weekly to Manchester Airport. EasyJet currently flies to London Gatwick with seven weekly flights and Liverpool three times a week. British Airways also flies seven times weekly into Gibraltar from London Heathrow. Bmibaby will also launch flights to East Midlands from March 2012.

Málaga Airport

Málaga Airport is the fourth busiest airport in Spain and is an important airport for Spanish tourism as it is the main international airport serving the Costa Del Sol. Málaga Airport is the international airport of Andalucia and over 12 million passengers passed through it in 2010.

The airport has flight connections to over 60 countries worldwide. The airport has a daily link with twenty cities in Spain and over one hundred cities in Europe. Direct flights also operate to Africa, the Middle East and also to North America in the summer season. Companies such as Ryanair, EasyJet, Vueling, Iberia, Air Berlin, Aer Lingus, Monarch, Air Europa operate in Málaga Airport.

The airport is well accessible by car with the MA-21 and by bus (operated by EMT Málaga) and train with lines from and to Malaga city centre.

Algeciras By Bus and Coach

The central bus station, called San Bernardo, is located on Calle San Bernardo opposite the train station and located just 300 metres west of the port entrance. The main bus operators are COMES, PORTILLO, LINESUR and DAIBUS travelling to different cities around Spain. There are 5 city bus lines connecting the San Bernardo Station with the rest of the city: line 7, line 8, line 10, line 10A and line 12.

Comes operates daily buses to La Línea (30/40 min - every 30 min / 45 min on weekends), to Tarifa (35 min), to Cádiz (2h30min), to Seville (3h30min), Jerez de la frontera, and one Monday to Friday to Ronda (2 to 3h). Portillo operates at least 11 direct buses daily to Malaga (1h45min) and 4 to Granada (3h30min). Daibus runs four daily buses to Madrid (8 to 9h).

Rates and Timetable:

Comes

Linesur

Central bus Station: Tel: +34 956 653 456 
Comes: Tel: +34 956 65 34 56
Daibus: Tel: +34 956 65 34 56 / +34 956 65 22 00 
Portillo: Tel: +34 902 14 31 44

Bacoma, ALSA, Enatcar and Dainco (tel: +34 902 42 22 42) are others companies and run up to five services daily up Spain’s Mediterranean coast, plus buses to Portugal, France, Germany and Holland.

More information about routes, timetables and prices in the region on www.ctmcg.com

Algeciras By Ferry

The ferry terminal is located in the Port of Algeciras, at the heart of the city and is well-signed from most roads in the city. Companies such as Trasmediterránea and EuroFerrys operate frequent daily passenger and vehicle ferries to/from:

Donwload Ferry Timetable

  • Tangier, Morocco (every 90min -7am -10pm – 2h30min normal ferry / 1h15min fast ferry) 
  • Ceuta, the Spanish enclave on the Moroccan coast (every hour - 8am - 10:15pm – 90min normal ferry / 40min fast ferry).

Buy your ticket in the port or at the agencies on Avenida de la Marina: prices are the same everywhere!

Trasmediterránea: Tel: +34 956 58 34 00 / +34 902 45 46 45 
EuroFerrys: Tel: +34 956 65 11 78

The Algeciras train station is opposite to the bus station adjacent to Calle San Bernardo just 300 metres west of the port entrance.

From the train station, RENFE trains run to/from Madrid (2 daily - 6 or 11h) and Granada (3 daily – 4h). All go through Ronda (1h45min) and Bobadilla (3h), where you can change for Malaga, Córdoba or Seville.

Full timetable on www.renfe.com 
Train station: Tel: +34 956 63 02 02
Official Website of Algeciras train station: www.adif.es

Algeciras has a good road network connecting the city to the rest of Spain.

E15 - A7 to Malaga-Almeria-Murcia-Alicante-Valencia-Barcelona 
E05 - A48 to Cádiz 
N-340 to Tarifa

Getting around Algeciras is easy by bus or car. With convenient and inexpensive public transport, visitors to the city can choose their ideal way to travel around Algeciras area.

By Bus

A good bus urban transport service is in place in Algeciras.

The bus urban transport in managed by C.T.M. (Cooperativa de transporte de Marruecos) and operates about 20 lines around the city operating from 7am till 9pm. The station of urban bus is located on Plaza de San Hiscio, opposite the port central entrance and at 500 meters of the central bus station and train station.

Official Website: www.ctmgruporuiz.com

By Car

Main roads are A-7 y A-381