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.
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.
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.
Muralla hotel – Perfect location
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
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