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Ceuta, Spain Cruise Port

Ceuta is situated on the northernmost tip of the African continent, built as a fortress city to watch over the isle of Gibraltar from the south. With two and a half millennia of history, Ceuta has seen its fare share of conflict in the past and has changed hands between practically every culture in the region – and has plenty of historical landmarks to show for it. Since the 16th century the city and its surrounding area have been part of Spain, and visitors to the port can expect a rich variety of cultural styles in the old town and nearby Moroccan villages.

Sightseeing in Ceuta

Visitors to Ceuta will find no shortage of historic sightseeing, starting with the old Plaza de Nuestra Senora de Africa in the heart of the old town; and radiating out to the baroque cathedral and the solid, imposing Murallas Reales (Royal Walls). Also, be sure to get a look at the unique Casa de los Dragones, set apart from the rest of the city's architecture with its spiked crown and dragon statues.

Medina of Chefchaouen

You may well double-take when you wander the sky-blue houses and alleyways of this old Moroccan hamlet. The Blue City nestles in the mountains, and gives its visitors a generous helping of sightseeing packed into a small area. Here you'll find the ruins of an old mosque in the east of the town, and a waterfall before it where many of the town's residents tend to gather for a chat by the cafe. Look out too for the old sand-coloured walls and towers of the kasbah, where you'll find a beautiful garden in the courtyard.

Nuestra Senora de Africa

Seemingly a world away in terms of architecture is the Church of Our Lady of Africa, a baroque Roman Catholic structure painted in pale yellow. While the twin-towered cathedral is the more impressive structure from the outside, the smaller church hides its own treasure inside – a remarkably ornate altarpiece which features a statue of Mary holding Christ, carved from a single block of wood.

Parque Maritimo del Mediterraneo

After a trip around Ceuta's historical offerings, why not relax in the city's Maritime Park? Here you'll find cooling pools, fountains and water jets, lined with palms and watched over by rows of classical statues. This modern resort quarter features a disco, a restaurant and a casino too – the perfect place to relax and cool off after a busy sightseeing trip around the rest of the city.

Shopping in Ceuta

Keen shoppers will find no shortage of shops in Ceuta, and being such a small city you'll find it easy to get around on foot during your shopping trip. Popular souvenirs include Moroccan slippers, beads and silver boxes, as well as traditional jewellery and rugs.

Eating Out in Ceuta

Ceuta makes for the perfect destination if you want to try both Spanish and Moroccan cuisine, and to see where the two influences combine too. Fans of fine dining will find Andalusian-style fish dishes in the city's Spanish restaurants, in a city where there's a great deal of pride in the quality of the freshly-caught seafood. The city's Moroccan restaurants often specialise in spicy meat dishes – the perfect alternative if you're looking for a taste of North African cuisine instead.

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