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Ceuta from inside the border

Up until a few weeks before travelling I didn't even know this place existed :-O . For all the protests over the years that Spain has had against the UK holding onto Gibraltar, I found it remarkably strange that I'd never heard anything about the territories Spain still held in Morocco, and the Moroccans still call it Sebta. Couldn't resist doing my nosey :-D

Having crossed the border quite easily it was obvious that there was still a long way into town. taxis were sitting and we got one to the hotel and it only cost €3-70, I was expecting far worse. We stayed in The Tryp Hotel and it was very nice. always knew this was going to be a short stop over, so headed out to see what we could see.

Struck immediately with the number of statues as we made our way down to the port to check out the ferries for the next day.

Marina and ferry arriving into port
I had been expecting something like Gibraltar, but this was far classier. having sussed the sailings for the next day we headed back into town. Looking across The Med  the coastline of Spain was barely visible, only the peaks of the hill stood out above the mist.

As we walked into town the mist started to decend on Ceuta.It rolled in in clouds, and despite the temperature still being in the high 20's the mist was cold and made your clothes feel damp. Some lovely buildings in Ceuta and we found a restaurant to get something to eat. Not only ar they into statues but they also like topiary, and we some some weird hedges.

After being in Morocco for so long it was nice to sit and be able to do tapas and beer without any problems. It was very quiet, and I don't even think we scrached the surface here. It was a tax free area, and relatively cheap. Worth a visit if you are in Spain.

We headed abck to the hotel, probably later than we had been used to, and only partly due to the fact that we had changed time zones again simply by walking through the customs area. A good nights kip in the hotel and up in the morning to get the ferry to Algeciras.

Like I said I don't think we got to see much of it, like the monument to General Franco, but somewhere I might like to go back to for a few days and get into it properly

 

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Ceuta from inside the border
Ceuta from inside the border
Marina and ferry arriving into port
Marina and ferry arriving into port
Statue
Statue
Government building
Government building
Cuddly Bear
Cuddly Bear
Multi Storey Boat Park at the mari…
Multi Storey Boat Park at the mar…
Statue of Al Idrisi
Statue of Al Idrisi
Tiled wall in tunnel
Tiled wall in tunnel
St James Bastion
St James Bastion
Roundabout statue
Roundabout statue
Evening falls in Ceuta
Evening falls in Ceuta
Church Of Our Lady Of Africa
Church Of Our Lady Of Africa
Cathedral Of St Mary Of The Assump…
Cathedral Of St Mary Of The Assum…
Ceuta builing
Ceuta builing
Ceuta Street
Ceuta Street
Row of Statues
Row of Statues
Hedge Golfer
Hedge Golfer
Donald Duck Hedge
Donald Duck Hedge
Me and my mates going home from th…
Me and my mates going home from t…
Our Hotel
Our Hotel
Ceuta
photo by: Riz7