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1. Franco monument

2. Eremitage of San Antonio

3. Foso de San Felipe

4. The Mediterranean Park

5. The Cathedral

6. Fortress of Monte Hacho

7. Castillo del Desnarigado

8. Duty free shopping

9. Border zone to Fnideq


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Ceuta, Spanish North Africa

Ceuta, Spanish North Africa

Ceuta, Spanish North Africa

Unknown to most of the world- the European Union is present in Africa too. When Spain handed over most of northern Morocco to the newly independent kingdom in 1956, they kept Ceuta and Melilla (about 250 kms further east) as well as some uninhabited islands off the northern coast. It has been under Spanish control since 1580, and if you ask one of the locals here about the enclaves' future, you will understand that there is little motivation for entering Morocco proper.
Ceuta- however small it is- is divided into two zones sliding into one another. To the east, around and near the real peninsula, practically all inhabitants are Spanish, and the feel to everything around you is all Spanish. But as soon as you head west, coming closer to the border area, you spot the first mosques, the women you see more often wear traditional conservative Moroccan clothes. At the very border- even on the Spanish side of it- you have already reached Morocco. Large groups of day workers and wholesalers (married middle-aged women represent a large part of this group) have put up markets where cheap contraband is being sold, where after it is imported to Morocco through the magic of bribing the totally corrupt border police.
But is Ceuta worth the visit? It is true that architecture is little new from what mainland Spain can offer- and there are few landmarks. But is absolutely a friendly place, and if you take the time to walk around places like Monte Hacho, there will be a good number places to check out. The biggest problem with Ceuta is that there is only 20 metres of beach (stone beach).

By Tore Kjeilen