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SPAIN - Melilla


Location - North Africa; Capital - Madrid; Population - Melilla - 80,000; Spain - 46 million; Currency - Euro MORE MELILLA

There's a direct train from Fez to Beni Ensar port in Morocco, from where it's a short walk to the border with Spain and Melilla, an autonomous Spanish city on the Mediterranean coast in Africa covering 12km² - October 2011. And in December 2013 I returned to finally track down the Spanish military fortresses I missed two years earlier.

 

euroAs Melilla is part of Spain it uses the Euro

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

melilla87Melilla centres around the trees and fountains of Plaza de Espana - Melilla

 

melilla89Surrounding the Plaza de Espana is the Palacio de la Asamblea, one of several Modernist buildings in Melilla

melilla239The building is a creation of Modernist architect Enrique Nieto, a student of Gaudi (creator of Barcelona's Sagrada Familia church) - Melilla

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

melilla241The Palacio de la Asamblea is a functioning town hall - Melilla

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

melilla237Around Christmas time the Assembly Palace is adorned with lights - Melilla

 

melilla257It's possible to have a look around inside - Melilla

 

Enrique Nieto is synonymous with Melilla. This is the Casino Militar, also in the Plaza de Espana - Melilla

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

melilla95In Modernist terms Melilla is second only to Barcelona

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

melilla227Across the road from Plaza de Espana is Parque Hernandez, a great place for lazing - Melilla

 

melilla229A statue in Parque Hernandez honouring the 'Tercio Gran Capitán 1º de la Legion', in other words the Spanish Legion's unit in Melilla

 

melilla235An illuminated water fountain in Parque Hernandez - Melilla

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

melilla65 Oops! A 4x4 has an argument with a newspaper kiosk - Melilla

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

melilla97Various statues are dotted around the town, though I've no idea if they represent famous locals - Melilla

 

melilla190Signing an agreement for the autonomy of Melilla? Or maybe a statement that Melilla is as Spanish as tapas - Melilla

 

melilla99It's a strange feeling to be in Spain but also in Africa - Melilla

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

melilla102The oval window of the Telegrama del Rif is typical of Modernist architecture - Melilla

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

melilla108melilla110aThe Melilla of Four Cultures: On the left the Or Zaruah synagogue was designed by Enrique Nieto; on the right is the Hindu Oratory - Melilla

 

melilla278The Melilla of Four Cultures: The Central Mosque is also the work of, surprise suprprise, Enrique Nieto - Melilla

 

melilla54The Melilla of Four Cultures: The Church of Sagrado Corazon de Jesus stands opposite the Plaza Menendez Pelayo in Melilla

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

melilla261Modernist architecture next to the church - Melilla

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

melilla262More declarations and agreements being signed, this time in the Plaza Menendez Pelayo - Melilla

 

melilla57The spire of the Church of Sagrado Corazon de Jesus - Melilla

 

melilla175More fancy buildings in the Spanish enclave of Melilla

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

melilla174A Muslim woman takes a rest. Melilla's population is around one third Moroccan, two thirds Spanish - Melilla

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

melilla244Christmas decorations in the high street - Melilla

 

melilla245Smoke rises from a stall selling roast chestnuts - Melilla

 

melilla47At the end of Calle Candido Lobera is Parque Lobera, a small park on the slopes beneath Parador de Melilla hotel - Melilla

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

melilla44Casa Marta has a covered area to enjoy a beer, tinto de verano etc. There's also a fantastic tapas bar, La Cerveceria, on Calle General O'Donnell - Melilla

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

melilla247The Grande Libre monument 'commemorates' Franco's revolt against the Spanish government in July 1936, marking the onset of the Spanish Civil War - Melilla

 

melilla37The Plaza de Toros is the only bull ring in Africa still up and running - Melilla

 

melilla105A short walk from the Plaza de Espana is the Puerto Deportivo Noray - Melilla

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

melilla106Puerto Deportivo Noray is home to several bars and restaurants on the Mediterranean waterfront - Melilla

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

melilla107Local beauty Bilal poses for a photo outside one of the Puerto Deportivo Noray bars - Melilla

 

melilla416The top floor restaurant at the Anfora Hotel is a great place to take in Melilla and Morocco - Melilla

 

melilla415The thick stone walls of Melilla la Vieja, or Old Melilla, roll down to the Plaza de las Culturas below - Melilla

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

melilla420The Plaza de Espana is hidden to the left, with the Moroccan hills rising above Melilla

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

melilla269Graffiti near the Plaza de las Culturas - Melilla

 

melilla268The barrier hides a building site but hopefully they'll keep the murals - Melilla

 

melilla115The Darsena Pesquera (Fishing Dock) lies next to the Old Town - Melilla

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

melilla432Dusk at the fishing harbour - Melilla

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

melilla426Windsurfers take advantage of the favourable winter weather conditions - Melilla

 

melilla428The impressive Melilla la Vieja, also called Medina Sidonia - Melilla

 

melilla120Melilla la Vieja was constructed after the Spanish conquest in the 16th century - Melilla

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

melilla118A statue of Spanish dictator General Franco outside the entrance to the Old Town - Melilla

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

melilla316The Christmas Fare was being prepared when I was there in December 2013 - Melilla

 

melilla125A tunnel beneath the Old Town leads to the small beach Ensanada de los Galapagos - Melilla

 

melilla366Ensanada de los Galapagos, an enclosed beach sandwiched between the town walls - Melilla

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

melilla123Steps lead away from Plaza de los Aljibes inside Melilla la Vieja - Melilla

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

melilla338One of the ancient storage rooms on Plaza de los Aljibes, where you can also see the historic water cistern of the Aljibes de las Penuelas - Melilla

 

melilla126Sorry I've got no food with me. The Old Town's Plaza de Armas - Melilla

 

melilla332Work continues for the Christmas Fare within the fortress walls of Melilla la Vieja - Melilla

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

melilla130The Spanish captured the city in 1497 and proceeded to fortify their enclave - Melilla

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

melilla330A bastion in Melilla la Vieja, with a distant Edificio V Centenario building in the background - Melilla

 

melilla138From the fortress walls there's excellent views of the fishing harbour and the Moroccan hills behind - Melilla

 

melilla386Military helicopters seem to be everywhere in Spain's African enclaves - Melilla

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

melilla139The Darsena Pesquera (fishing harbour). On the right is the Palacio de la Asamblea on Plaza de Espana - Melilla

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

melilla335The building on the left is a museum of modern and contemporary Spanish art - Melilla

 

melilla143A beautifully restored building in the Old Town - Melilla

 

melilla145The Old Town affords near 360° views of the Mediterranean - Melilla

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

melilla372The Military Museum covers the history of the Spanish Legion - Melilla

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

melilla362Above the Military Museum is a panoramic viewpoint where you can take in the Mediterranean and the African coast - Melilla

 

melilla364The view from the Baluarte (bastion) de la Concepcion covers the Old Town, Melillan beaches, Moroccan hills, the Edificio V Centenario building and the African coast - Melilla

 

melilla147Past the lighthouse (right) to the Mediterranean Sea - Melilla

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

melilla151 Cannons next to the lighthouse point seawards - Melilla

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

melilla156A residential area in the Old Town - Melilla

 

melilla389In the winter of 2013 the Hospital del Rey held an exhibition detailing the history of Western Sahara, a former Spanish colony south of Morocco - Melilla

 

melilla391Decorative plant pots on a residential wall in Melilla la Vieja - Melilla

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

melilla358The Cuevas del Conventico are a series of tunnels used as a refuge during sieges - Melilla

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

melilla351Ask at the History Museum for tours of the Convent Caves - Melilla

 

melilla356A rather phallic carving outside the cave exit - Melilla

 

melilla120aMelilla was originally inhabited by the Phoenicians back in the 10th century BC when the city was known as Rusadir

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

melilla164Checking out the Baluarte de la Concepcion from Carretera de la Alcazaba, a road opposite the Old Town - Melilla

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

melilla158The atmospheric Melilla la Vieja look superb, though it's eerily quiet at night - Melilla

 

melilla177Nudity and the veil - Melilla

 

 

melilla181The Gaselec Museum was hosting a dinosaur exhibition in late 2013 - Melilla

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

melilla179Sigo Sonando (I Keep Dreaming) - Melilla

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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LINKS

www.melillaturismo.com

www.melilla.es - in Spanish

www.melillamonumental.org

www.spain.info - Spanish tourist board

 

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