City of Ceuta (Ceuta)

The city of Ceuta is included to the community Ceuta

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Getting to Know Ceuta

While you would not know by looking at it, the city of Ceuta is in Spain. In fact, while the city is comfortably located on African soil, it is part of a Spanish exclave and an autonomous region of Spain.The city of Ceuta and its larger region borders Morocco, rather than Portugal, France, and Andorra, like mainland Spain. The Strait of Gibraltar separates Ceuta from Gibraltar, which is in the United Kingdom. The city was previously part of Cádiz province, part of Andalusia, before becoming its own autonomous region when the Statute of Autonomy was passed in 1995.While most of Ceuta’s population is ethnically Spanish and prefers being under Spanish rule to Moroccan, those visiting Ceuta can enjoy a wonderful blend of African and European influences as well as some fantastic geography in a city that is rich in magnificent architecture and has history coursing through its veins.

Points of interests / things to see

Monte Hacho

One of the most amazing geographical sites for those in Ceuta is Monte Hacho. Monte Hacho boasts some of the most spectacular views of the area and can be found by the Mediterranean coast.Monte Hacho is said to be one of the Pillars of Hercules. According to legend, Hercules’ tenth labour was to bring the Cattle of Geryon to Eurystheus. Since Hercules’ destination was the to the west, there are a few contenders for the title. While many consider the true pillars to be in Cádiz, once you see Monte Hacho, you will agree that it is also worthy of the title. Supposedly, Hercules separated Monte Hacho and Jebel Musa to link the Atlantic Ocean to the Mediterranean Sea.The mountain was formerly known as Mons Abila and can be found on the Península de Almina. The Fortaleza de Hacho, a Byzantine fortress, sits atop the mountain. However, the fortress has had several owners throughout its history, who each added their own features to the fortress. The Arabs, Portuguese, and Spanish have all had a lasting effect on the architecture of the building.In addition to the fortress, Monte Hacho also features the Ermita de San Antonio convent and a monument that pays homage to Spain’s former Falangist dictator, the Generalissimo Francisco Franco.

Cathedral of St. Mary of the Assumption

The Spanish exclave city and autonomous community of Ceuta is home to a number of fantastic historical buildings and sites of cultural interest. One such example is the Cathedral of St. Mary of the Assumption. The building is a Roman Catholic cathedral dating back to the 15th century. While the initial structure of the cathedral was built in the 15th century, there was previously a Christian church that dated back to the 6th century in its place.Throughout the cathedral’s history, a number of modifications have taken place to both the internal and external structures of the building and its decorations. The entrance to the cathedral has been altered from its original form to now incorporate neoclassical style architecture. In addition to the neoclassical entrance, the cathedral also had a black marble portal added in a renaissance style.Those visiting the cathedral can also enjoy the Chapel of Santísmo which features a beautiful baroque altar as well as a collection of art pieces. The art collection includes pieces from as far back as the 17th century as well as pieces from the modern era.If you wish to visit the cathedral, it is easily accessible by foot and central to Ceuta. The cathedral is located on Plaza de África by the Calle Independencia.

Jebel Musa

If you are fond of hiking, walking, or mountain climbing, and have already ventured up to the top of Monte Hacho, then you should certainly make the short journey across the border to visit Jebel Musa. The drive to Jebel Musa only takes around half an hour from the centre of Ceuta and offers incredible views of the surrounding area.Supposedly the mountain is named in honour of Musa bin Nusayr, a governor and general of North Africa. Musa led the conquest of Hispania (modern day Spain, Portugal, and France) by the Muslims when the region was a Kingdom of the Visigoths. The mountain was known as Mount Abyla by the Greeks but as Columna to the Romans.In Ceuta, the mountain is known as la Mujer Muerta, the Spanish for “the Dead Woman”. This is due to the fact that the mountain supposedly resembles a woman on her back, at least when viewed from Ceuta.Jebel Musa also claims the title as one of the Pillars of Hercules alongside Monte Hacho and lies to the west of its Spanish counterpart. The mountain is over 800 metres high and sits opposite the rock of gibraltar. Be sure to bring a camera with you if you head up the mountain as the views in every direction are not to be missed.

Palace of the Assembly

One of the most incredible sites in Ceuta is the Palace of the Assembly. The beautiful building was constructed in 1927 under orders from King Alphonse XIII and Victoria Eugenie. The building contains a plethora of wonderful rooms, which are a delight for anyone visiting the Spanish exclave city of Ceuta.The most impressive of the rooms in the Palace of the Assembly is the Throne Room. The room is adorned with number of beautiful decorations including chandeliers and venetian mirrors. The whole room is decorated according to the French style and includes some fantastic pieces of art by Mariano Bertuchi. Bertuchi was a Spanish artist from Granada who was born in 1884 and became famous for his paintings of Moroccan landscapes which he painted in an Orientalist style. Bertuchi was not only an artist, he was also the deputy mayor of the city for part of his life.The Throne Room also includes a fantastic banner of Damascus silk which was brought to the city by John I of Portugal. The banner is the city’s Royal Standard and features both the Portuguese and Castilian coats of arms.Another wonderful room in the Palace of the Assembly is the meeting room, which features a number of portraits, including one of King Juan Carlos I of Spain.

Beaches in Ceuta

While Ceuta is not in mainland Spain, its beaches are certainly as beautiful as any beach you could find in Spain. In fact, there are over 20 kilometres of coastline in Ceuta. There are beaches for everyone in Ceuta, including both coves and bays.Many of Ceuta’s beaches are accessible right from the very centre of the city. If you happen to be visiting the Cathedral of St. Mary of the Assumption on the Plaza de África, you can make your way to one of Ceuta’s beaches. The beach by the Plaza de África is also home to a great number of modern amenities that you would expect from any popular beach. Many of the beaches in Ceuta have been certified by the Foundation for Environmental Education as Blue Flag Beach, due to the quality of the water and the first aid services on hand. The popular beaches in Ceuta include La Ribera, the beach in the southern bay of Ceuta. The waters here are calm and warm and the beach is sprinkled with fine sand and is quarter of a kilometre in length.El Chorrillo is another of Ceuta’s popular beaches on the southern bay and is over a kilometre in length and the largest in the city. Well worth a visit for anyone spending time in Ceuta.

The Royal Walls

Many consider the Royal Walls in Ceuta to be amongst the most impressive sights in the city. The walls were first constructed during the 5th century and were an important defensive feature of the city. While the walls helped defend the city countless times, time took its toll on the structure and they were recently restored.Art lovers who find themselves visiting the Royal Walls should visit the Museo de los Muralles Reales, an art gallery that plays host to a number of temporary art exhibitions and can be found within the walls themselves, an amazing an enigmatic space to view art.

Casa de los Dragones

Some of the most fantastic architecture in Ceuta can all be found in one building alone. The Casa de los Dragones can be found on the Plaza de los Reyes. While the building has been restored, the restoration work completed on the Casa de los Dragones is amazing.The Casa de Dragones includes Moorish arches that perfectly represent Ceuta and its Hispano-Islamic history and a combination of polished bricks and Mansard roofs. While all of these architectural features are fantastic, the best is the four dragons that adorn the roof of the building, hence its name, which translates as the “House of the Dragons”.

Parque Marítimo del Mediterráneo

When you find yourself in downtown Ceuta, you should definitely make sure you visit the Parque Marítimo del Mediterráneo, a leisure complex by the northern parts of the city. The complex includes three artificial lakes, which bring in sea water from the nearby Mediterranean Sea and are therefore filled with salt water, rather than fresh water.In addition to the artificial lakes, there are also areas for visitors to relax, including parks, waterfalls, and areas for guests to sunbathe. If lying in the sun is not exciting enough, there are also a stage which plays host to a number of events and shows.

Museo de la Basílica Tardorromana

One of the best museums for history in Ceuta is the Museo de la Basílica Tardorromana. The museum was built following the discovery of the basilica during the 1980s. The museum was subsequently built around the newly-discovered basilica and is therefore housed underground.The basilica was declared a site of cultural interest and archaeological zone in 1991 and the museum, designed by Javier Arnaiz Seco, was opened in 2006. The museum integrates perfectly with the discovery rather than disrupt it and should be visited by anyone to find themselves in Ceuta. You can reach the museum by Calle Queipo de Llano.

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Surrounding towns

  • Fnideq ~7 km
  • Marina Smir ~17 km
  • Taghramt ~18 km
  • Benzú ~6 km
  • Eddalya ~14 km
  • Belyounech ~7 km
  • Ain Jir ~11 km
  • Haidra ~10 km
  • Al Alyiyene ~14 km
  • Taoutiet el Bioute ~12 km

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Getting There

Those visiting Ceuta should remember that it is classified as part of Spain and travelling there is subject to all of Spain’s immigration laws. There are a number of ways to reach Ceuta, by sea, air, and by road.If you are already in southern Spain, you can reach Ceuta by sea. There are ferries available from the Andalusian city of Algeciras. Even though the ferry from Algeciras to Ceuta is technically a domestic trip, a valid ID will still be required in order to travel.If you are driving to Ceuta, you can only do so from Morocco. Travelling to Ceuta from Morocco is not possible by bus. However, you can travel to the nearby city of Tetouán before taking a grand taxi to the border. Make sure you have your passport with you to cross the border.The only way to reach Ceuta by air is by helicopter. If you are planning on taking a helicopter to Ceuta, you must do so from the Andalusian city of Malaga, where Heli Sur Este operates flights. However, getting to Malaga from anywhere in the world is fairly simple as the city is a popular tourist destination and there are many flights to Malaga from most of the world’s major cities.

Ceuta city hall

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Ayuntamiento De Ceuta
Av. de África, 0, 51001 Ceuta, Spain
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+34 956 52 88 24
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