Explore a Mix of Cultures & Continents in Ceuta
Situated on the very northern tip of Africa and bordered by Morocco, Ceuta is a Spanish autonomous city that lies along the Strait of Gibraltar, directly across from “the Rock”. Because of its strategic position, it’s been home to everyone from the Phoenicians to the Portuguese—resulting in a current-day intermingling of Christian, Muslim, Jewish, and Sindhi Hindu cultures.
Naturally, there is a treasure trove of historic sites and architectural wonders to discover. Standouts include the Royal Walls of Ceuta, which date back to the 5th century; the Arab Baths, which were originally built between the 12th and 13th centuries; and the two Pillars of Hercules, the largest bronze sculptures of classical mythology in the world.
If you’re in a beach-going frame of mind, El Chorrillo and La Ribera are refreshing options. Both are located on Ceuta’s southern bay and are Blue Flag-certified for quality and safety. For a different way to get your feet wet, head to Mediterraneo Marine Park for crystal-blue saltwater lakes and lush green spaces.
Once you’ve made your splash, fuel up at one of the city’s many seaside restaurants. With so many international influences, it’s no surprise that the culinary scene in Ceuta is a delicious blend of Mediterranean and African cuisine, with an emphasis on the bounty of the sea. Swordfish, sardines, and squid, or clams, crabs, and crayfish: You name the seafood, it’s probably on the menu in Ceuta!