Skip to main content

Ceuta, Spanish Morocco, Spain

Ceuta is an enclave of Spanish territory occupying a crescent peninsula on the Mediterranean coast of the African continent, just across the Strait of Gibraltar from Spain. It is a popular seaside resort for Spaniards and other Europeans, not only for its beaches and bars, but for its proximity to the more exotic attractions of Morocco. Tetouan, a mere 40 kilometers from Ceuta, is a fascinating Moroccan city set at the base of the Rif mountains with an ancient, unspoiled medina section that is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The city is rich with elaborate mansions built by aristocratic Moslem families expelled from Al Andaluz after the Reconquest. Its large and bustling souk is a colorful place, offering many traditional Moroccan and Berber crafts such as hand-painted tiles, crafted wood with inlaid silver wire and leatherwork of all sorts.