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Nuevo Mirador municipal stadium in Algeciras - under CC license by Falconaumanni.

Nuevo Mirador Stadium - thanks to Falconaumanni for the image (CC license)

Free Lionesses Guide to Algeciras

The Lionesses will take on Austria (Friday 23rd February) and Italy (Tuesday 26th February) at Algeciras CF’s Nuevo Mirador stadium which is located in Andalusia, Spain. As ever our Free Lionesses guide is available to help any travelling supporters. 

The FA advise that any fans who need help on the ground contact the British Consulate – they support British nationals abroad and can offer emergency help directly. The GOV.UK website has a dedicated site containing signposts and info for citizens travelling to Spain.

Thanks to Steve Ayre for helping us pull this information together.

Travel

The nearest airport is actually Gibraltar, while Málaga also offers the possibility of flights from the UK. If you do fly via Gibraltar make sure you tell your travel insurance company you are visiting Gibraltar and Spain.

From Gibraltar the cheapest option to Algeciras is to walk across the border through security into La Linea de la Concepción. UK Government advice is to ignore anyone on either side of the border trying to charge you as it’s a free crossing.

It’s about 800 metres from the airport terminal to the bus station and the M-120 runs regularly through the day. It takes around 45 minutes to Algeciras bus station although there are some direct buses in the schedule which take half an hour. It’s Є2.50 for a single.

At the bus station you can also buy a card for Є1.50 (you’ll have to add a minimum Є5 credit as well) but it will save money if you’re planning a return trip and / or using urban buses to get around. There’s more information here.

Urban Algeciras buses don’t seem to show on Google Maps if you try to plot a route but their website does have maps and schedules (just to confuse matters that map has been rotated 90°).

Stadium and tickets

Google Maps gives a better indication of where the stadium is – close to Las Cañas River and nearby the loop of bus route number 4 (coloured blue on the local bus company map).

Local buses might reduce the walk (or cost of travel) from the town centre but bear in mind that it is quite a sparsely populated industrial area, called La Menacha, rather than a town square teeming with tourists.

These buses may reduce your need to walk – particularly to the Austria game and both ways to the Italy game. Cash fare for local buses is Є1.10 per journey and the aforementioned card should work.

Google Maps: Algeciras

Algeciras is an industrial municipality with supermarkets, cafes, bars, hotels and some things to see. While there are potential trips out are Tarifa on the bus or for those who don’t mind a slow train there are a handful of services going to Ronda which has a spectacular bridge. 

The return fare on Renfe is about Є18 and it’s worth noting that you can download the app on a UK phone (enter your passport number in the ID section).

Most of the football ground is uncovered and while daytime temperatures might be high teens it could still rain. Check the forecast! 

There isn’t a lot of information on the stadium but it was opened in 1999 and replaced the club’s previous ground which had been in use since 1954. It opened with a match against Real Betis.

Match tickets are available directly from the Algeciras CF website. The stadium has a capacity of around 7,200 and tickets are Є10 (U16 Є5).

Free Lionesses Meet Ups

We are working to resume on-the-ground support and meet ups at future games but the Free Lionesses service, which has been available at recent tournaments, won’t be at these fixtures in Algeciras.

Watch on TV

  • England vs Austria / 7.45pm (GMT), Friday 23rd February / Estadio Nuevo Mirador / Live on ITV1
  • England vs Italy / 5pm (GMT), Tuesday 27th February / Estadio Nuevo Mirador / Live on ITV4

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