Algeciras is primarily a port and industrial center that also supports the huge deep-water container port and oil refinery nearby. There is a strong Arab influence here as seen in the back streets, where you can find tea shops which specialize in Moroccan mint tea. Such combination of Arab and Spanish culture gives this beautiful city an unusual air of individuality, a very genuine place even amidst the real port atmosphere. For most people, Algeciras is just a stopping off place, en route to Tangier and Morocco. There are about eight crossings a day (2.5 hours or 70 minutes with a fast ferry).
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