Melilla Off The Beaten Path

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    See the border fence at close quarters

    by JulesH Written Jun 22, 2009

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    The Melilla-Morocco border is a crazy place: people everywhere, bribery, corruption, thinly disguised smuggling. We decided we wanted to see the infamous border fence, but not at the crossing point. We wanted to see the fence without all the fuss...so we headed North-Westwards out of town, past the Central Market right off the tourist map and turning right at the roundabout at the top of the hill towards the Spanish Legion headquarters and surrounding territory on the coast. Once you pass the Legion building, keep walking into a pine forest, and at the far end of that forest lies the border fence. Patrolled on both sides, although more obviously by the Moroccans, the fence itself is unmistakable as a border fence...three layers thick, which a meshwork of steel cable several feet off the ground which would prevent anyone who made it over the first fence from getting a firm footing on the concrete. A clever network of multiple height concrete ditches would prevent anyone from driving through if the fence were compromised. We walked for a way along the fence before the police drove up and told us we shouldn't be on this road and directed us to the viewing platform further into the forest. It was an unusual sight to behold. The Moroccan guards stare back at you bewildered if you get too close, so it's not advisable to push your luck...after all, they have guns! The view from the platform however is adequate and provides a good photo opportunity of the Moroccan coastline and the sea below.

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  • General Villalba street

    by jlvillalba Written Sep 11, 2003

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    A plate dedicated to a person who did lots of thing for Melilla in the 1920’s. My grandfather and his sibbling live there during some years and at theat time there was no border with Morocco, but war sometimes happened.

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    Pines forests of Rostrogordo

    by Ilya_Andriy Updated Aug 19, 2003

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    Fortress of Rostrogordo in the pines forests

    I know that is unusual visiting Melilla, but is more unusual visiting Rostrogordo.
    Rostrogordo is an area located in the north side of Melilla where you can see pines forests and a military fortress and where a camping is situated.

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    All of Melilla is off the beaten path!

    by Skylink Written Feb 12, 2003

    The tourist office recommended the Mercado Central as a good place where tourists like to visit. I'm not sure why. I thought the old city would be a place where tourists like to visit. The Mercado Central is essentially a big fruit market.

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  • A spanish island around "CHAFARINAS"

    by jlvillalba Written Oct 3, 2003

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    chafarinas

    full of history, close to Melilla and ytoday is a military bastion of the army and the NATO, and full of security interest for Spain.
    Can be visited throug the comandancia de Marina in Melilla

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  • Misses of Melilla

    by jlvillalba Written Sep 11, 2003

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    beautiful ladies of melilla

    In every city and town of Spain, when the Celebrations are held, there is a contest of ?Miss? to choose the Queen of the celebrations and Fiestas.

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