Melilla Travel Guide

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Melilla Highlights

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     The last original city of the Mediterranean sea 

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     Spain, with african problems 

  • In a nutshell
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     One trip is not enough 

Melilla Things to Do

  • The old citadel

    Built on roman, phoenician and arab ruin, the 4 parts of the medieval castel and citadel, is lovely known as the Pueblo by the people of melilla, here you can visit museums, caves, water deposits and historical gates and passages, also you can see a clear water of the small beaches. The museums and exhibitions are free

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  • The beach

    Rob and I aren't really beach people, but we thought we'd wander along to find a little beachfront bar where we could sit and watch the world go by. Sadly we found just one tent on the beach which wasn't exactly full of character, but served our purpose and was the only thing available on the beach side of the road! The businesses on the other side...

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  • Melilla la Vieja

    The old town is pretty much the first thing you will see as you leave the port...the walls tower over the harbour and its impossible to miss! If you cross the road, depending on what time of the day you arrive, there are some chairs and tables on the pavement...a small tapas bar operates from a tiny door in the fortress wall, and it's a great place...

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  • The big building is the Maritime Centre

    This building is the biggest and tallest in Melilla. When I got off the ferry, I saw the twin spires and thought that it was Earnesto Nieto's city hall building. How odd, I thought as it didn't look like his style but it did have the 2 spires. I have posted a picture of Nieto's building elsewhere on this Melilla VT page. When I took a picure of the...

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  • A Civil war monument

    the spanish civil war was oficially in july 18th in 1936, but here and the canary islands, was declare one day before.It is difficult to see this monuments in the rest of Spain, due to the socialist city mayor, who remove it

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  • The closed border pass

    Because of the incidents with the people, this border was closed, and it separates the neutral area, but it is full of moroccan houses and one spanish house!!

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  • The border line

    Is one of the most watched and patroled borders in the whole world!!!3 lines of fences and spins, cameras, night vision, heat detector and advisor, the Guardia Civil try to avoid illegal inmigrants from Central Africa and morocco, but there is people from all the continents coming here to cross the line to the european union. For example from Iraq,...

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  • Rostrogordo

    A old fortress in the north part of the city, In the forest around is a nice place for campsite and pic nic area.

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  • Mosque

    A modernist building made by Antonio Palacios, a very popular arquitect in Madrid.A Mosque, all written in spanish!!

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Melilla Hotels

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Melilla Restaurants

  • Great if you're hungry!

    This restaurant is also a bar/cafe in the early part of the day, and to be honest the main restaurant at the back isn't largely populated most of the time due to the perceived high prices here. Having said that however, the portion sizes are incredible! The starters should really be treated as a sharing platter rather than as dishes for one, and...

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  • Amazing tapas, amazing restaurant,...

    This place is a gem in Melilla! An almost French inspired tapas bar/restaurant with an emphasis on wine which feels like a welcoming family home. Air conditioned inside, with temperature controlled wine cabinets and legs of jamon Iberico hanging all around, this is where you'll find locals keeping out of the afternoon heat during the early part of...

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  • Tapas bars

    Melilla's gastronomy, based on the exceptional fish and shellfish from nearby waters, is in essence Andalusian but with interesting Moroccan overtones. But you can't forget that you are in Spain, and so, the city is filled with tapas bars.Some good tapas bars are:Bar Capri, C/ Castelar nº 15Bar Aragon, C/ Alvaro Bazan nº 25Bar El Ventorrillo, C/...

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Melilla Nightlife

  • Karaoke and lock ins!

    In addition to being a great bar, restaurant and tapas joint, this bar has a very special place in its heart for karaoke. This could be because Mimi, the daughter of bar owner Fali (Rafael) was a finalist in the Spanish talent show Operacion Triunfo in 2008. A huge picture of her still hangs in the bar, as does a promotional poster asking you to...

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  • We Gotaa Get Outta This Place

    If you have one ounce of intelligence this is not for you. Most bars are ok - when empty. As soon as the usual clientele arrive (11.30pm onwards), be prepared for the worst kind of Europop (but in Spanish) be played at ear-splitting level. However it usually cannot be heard as everyone is shouting at eachother White high heels, pink mini skirt and...

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  • Disco Fiesta

    In Melilla there are two discos: "El V Pino" and "Logüeno". "El V Pino" is known as the biggest disco in Africa and was opened in 1997 (Melilla's 500 anniversary).It has several services: parking, three dance floors, three pubs, burger, "bocadillería",... It's capacity is for 3000 persons.

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Melilla Transportation

  • Train Fes - Melilla

    I took a train at 10.55 a.m. with the final station being Beni Nzar port, which was literally couple of meters from the Moroccan-Spanish border. The train ride was a pleasant one, with one change in Tourirt at about 2 p.m., and I arrived little after 5 p.m.The other trains in the direction of Nador/Beni Nzar leave in the middle of the night, all of...

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  • By boat from Malaga

    The boat is probably the most ideal way to arrive in Melilla as the port delivers you into the centre of the town. The airport is about 3k away. There are two boats: a "fast" catamaran type boat which takes 4 hours to cross from Malaga, and a slower ferry which takes nearer 7 hours, but on the slow boat you can go out on deck to amuse yourself or...

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  • Crossing the border

    The lastest way for arriving Melilla is crossing the border from Morocco as moroccan workers and merchants do.You can done it with a car or even walking.

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Melilla Shopping

  • Moroccan market

    Where all the citizen fron the neighbour town come everyday to buy thousands of product from Melilla, because here is cheaper, and then the resell after the border in Nador and other places.

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  • Melilla is free port

    As Melilla is free port there is no VAT nor other taxes. The city has to offer an extensive range of quality imported articles. Best sellers are electronic devices, jewelry articles, perfumes, delicatessen, liquors and tobacco. Maroccan crafts is well represented in shops located in “Barrio del Mantelete”, next to the harbour. Leather...

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  • Supersol Supermarket, Shell petrol...

    Gasoline is about 50 euro cents per litre, much cheaper than the 80 euro cents per litre in Malaga on the Spanish mainland. However, one cannot buy gasoline and transport a container to save money! Two nice Spanish soliders (a man and a woman) kindly directed me toward the Shell station, which they said to walk south towards, then turn right and...

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Melilla Local Customs

  • Free Tapas!

    You may be familiar with the custom of offering free tapas with drinks in Spain, but no-where have I ever seen heard of such substantial portions offered free of charge and virtually limitless! We would have expected olives or crisps as were offered in our hotel, but other bars and restaurants offered seriously weighty portions such as individual...

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  • Cruising

    Melilla has a very strong youth culture and it seems that cruising along the beach road on a Sunday night is a big part of that. Guys seem to love driving along the with their windows down, sound system blaring, waiting for girls to notice them. Ah...good old fashioned harmless fun!

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  • Jumping on the water

    there are four cultures and religions, chistians, muslims, hebrews and Hindi, but all of them enjoy water and jumping in some hidden beaches

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Melilla Warnings and Dangers

  • Gay.

    A gay I talked to, told me it was not easy for him to get laid in Melilla, because here there are many soldiers and according to him not many gay-friendly people. So, if you are gay, think about this before you get here!

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  • Sunshine.

    Well, you maybe think you are in Spain and YOu are totally right, BUT this is at the same time Africa so you shall be very careful with your skin in the sunshine and stay away from the sun so long it doesnt bother you. use sun protection of course, especially you have a sensitive skin as me (Swedish).

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  • Warning! Randy police!

    Most police I'm sure are mainly well behaved and ethical. The one I ran into however seemed to think that a woman in a bar (although drunk and having fun but in the company of her boyfriend and certainly not out of control in any way) was fair game to being kissed without encouragement or permission! Sorry to disappoint you sunshine, but let's not...

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Melilla What to Pack

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    by JulesH Written Jun 22, 2009

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: If you want to explore beyond the city centre places such as the border fence, or the Moroccan hills you can see in the distance you should bring sturdy trainers or better still, trail shoes. Even if you want to stay in the town, it is very walkable, but good walking shoes will make life more comfortable during the day.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Suncream

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Melilla Off The Beaten Path

  • See the border fence at close quarters

    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...

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  • A spanish island around "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

    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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Melilla Favorites

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    by Skylink Written Feb 18, 2003

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    Favorite thing: As one walks from the port past the security checkpoint and the palm tree lined street, one approaches the town circle, Plaza Espana. Here is the twin towered Palacio de la Assemblia (City Hall) designed by Ernesto Nieto. This is not to be confused with the taller, modern twin spired maritime building. Also on Plaza Espana is the #2 bus (Pl. Espana-Aforos) which goes to the border checkpoint near Beni Enzar, Morocco, the public library, the Parque Hernandez, and the main commercial street.

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Explore Deeper into Melilla
The beach has a good case for libel
Warnings and Dangers
Day to Day living
Warnings and Dangers
Get help when coming from Morocco TO Melilla
Warnings and Dangers
Rent a car
Transportation
Fastest way
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Ferrys from mainland Spain
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A small beach, from the cave.
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The Caves
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Gotic style in Africa?
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The Church, in another view
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City Hall of Melilla
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Catedral
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trekking in the Tres forcas peninsula
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General Villalba street
Off The Beaten Path
The promenade
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Bridges on the golden river (Rio de Oro)
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The beach of Melilla
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Modernist Melilla
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Melilla la Vieja
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Edificio V Centenario
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Pines forests of Rostrogordo
Off The Beaten Path
Plaza de toros (Bullring)
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Plaza de España
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Monday-museums are closed
Warnings and Dangers
The old city is one of the main attractions.
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To Melilla by air
Transportation
All of Melilla is off the beaten path!
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