Ceuta, years ago


To see Europe in Africa

Once a popular destination for the Portuguese (and other) to take advantage of tax free, with the integration in the European Union, Ceuta has lost much of its charm. It is still interesting the mix of an European people and organization with their neighbors from Morocco.

​The historic signs of colonization provide an interesting tour and, if you search for strong sensations, just cross the border to Morocco. If you are as “lucky” as I was, you will have something to remember.


Visit to Merida

Initially a mosque, and later a Portuguese church, the several wars destroyed the building, that was reconstructed in the 17th century with Spanish architecture.

​Inside, the most significant are a Baroque chapel, some frescoes, and a Portuguese image of the Holy Virgin.

Hacho Castle

Visit to Merida

The highest point in Ceuta was occupied by an old castle, formerly byzantine, reconstructed by the Portuguese.

​The actual building is Spanish, built in the 18th and 19th century, and it is mainly a sightseeing point.

I recommend Muralla hotel – ​Perfect location

Muralla hotel (Parador)

Classified as “Parador” which generally means a classified building in a selected place, this is, maybe, the best hotel in town.

The building seems to be well integrated in the Portuguese walls, though with a Spanish general look.

The service is gentle and professional.

Address: Plaza Virgen De Africa 15, 51001 Ceuta, Spain

Phone: 34-956-514940

Website: Parador

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