Algeciras enjoyed its heyday under Moorish rule (711-1344). Then, in the 18C, it counterbalanced British domination in the Straits of Gibraltar. In 1906 the European powers carved up their spheres of influence in Morocco. Today, Algeciras is a major port and an industrial town of little interest. Since the 2000s, the town has been undergoing restoration works and has had something of a new lease of life. Without wanting to overstate the risk, visitors are advised to avoid the port area at night.