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Europe's Fastest-Growing Port Is a Town You've Never Heard Of

Its location next to the Strait of Gibraltar makes Algeciras more important than Barcelona and Genoa
The container ship 'Asir' is seen before unloading at the dock side at the Total Terminal International (TTI)at Algeciras port in Algeciras, Spain.
Photographer: Denis Doyle/Bloomberg

Welcome to Algeciras. Population: 117,974

Unless you want to catch a ferry to Gibraltar or visit the birthplace of flamenco guitarist Paco de Lucia, chances are you've never heard of this ugly industrial town in Andalusia, southern Spain.