Ceuta, (known as Sebta in Morocco) is one of several anomalies in Morocco: a Spanish enclave, like Mclilla, further E along the coast. Both remain important Spanish military bases. This has been a Spanish cnclave since the 16th century. Spain formally controlled most of the northern coast of Morocco and some Atlantic ports. After Moroccan independence in 1956 Spain retained it because of its strategic location across the Straits of Gibraltar.

Sights locally

Ceuta is a duty-free port and is a shopping centre for Spanish families from the mainland and for Moroccan guest workers returning home from their work in Europe during the summer, as well as for Moroccans who daily cross the border to purchase commodities cheaper, or not available in Morocco.

It is also a town with easy access to the Moroccan border for excursions to Tetouan, Tanger or further inland.

The tourist office, located just outside the marina, has more detailed information. The walk to the centre along the palm tree-lined Pasco de las Palmeras is pleasant but the ccntre is very crowded with banks and shops. There arc fine views across to Gibraltar from Monte Hacho.

There are several museums illustrating the rich history of Ceuta. The fortifications, which are mainly of Portuguese origin, are worth a walk around.


The border with Morocco is 3km away: a short taxi ride, or a regular bus service operates from the town to the border. If you want to visit Morocco from here, buses and taxis await on the Moroccan side. Tetouan is half an hour from the border and the two modern marinas of Kabila and Marina Smir are ten minutes away by taxi. A daily ferry service operates to Algcciras.

Eating out

There are many restaurants of all categories in the centre of town and two in the marina.

:etouan. Traders selling Safi ceramics on the road between Ceuta and Tetouan Graham Hutt

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