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These ancient fortifications may have been started in the 5th century, though much of the construction dates back to the 15th century, when the Portuguese strengthened Ceuta's defenses. A seawater moat helped make these stone...

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Avenida Compañía de Mar, s/n, 51004 Ceuta, Spain

Designed by César Manrique and completed after his death, Ceuta's Maritime Park (Parque Marítimo del Mediterráneo) provides a delightful way to spend a sunny day, either wandering the botanic gardens or taking a dip in the...

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Plaza de África, 0, 51001 Ceuta, Spain

Catedral Santa María de la Asunción de Ceuta (or St. Mary of the Assumption), the city's main cathedral, was built on the site of a mosque converted to a place of Christian worship in the 15th century, after the...

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Tetouan, Morocco

Further afield and across the border with Morocco is a remarkably well-preserved 8th-century village whose charming sun-bleached houses and buildings climb up a hillside. UNESCO has designated Tétouan an official World Heritage Site,...

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Calle Queipo de Llano, 51001 Ceuta, Spain

Archaeology buffs must see the recently uncovered 4th-century catacombs of the Basílica Tardorromana. These remains of early Christianity are considered unique finds in the western region of North Africa. Elsewhere...

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Calle Independencia, 15, 51001 Ceuta, Spain

With wunderkind chef Hugo Ruiz Aguilar in charge, Bugao is Ceuta's first-class nouvelle-Spanish restaurant. Expect dishes such as a tartare of bluefin tuna accompanied by guacamole and wasabi or a sirloin of veal served with foie gras. The...

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Urb. San Antonio, 89, 51005 Ceuta, Spain

Don't let the humble-looking exterior fool you: Oasis offers some of the best cuisine in Ceuta. The emphasis is on fresh ingredients and classic Moroccan-style dishes like lamb tagine or chicken with couscous, as well as Andalucian fare such...

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Calle Teniente José Olmo, 51001 Ceuta, Spain

Among the pleasures of African trade centers are the local markets, which are hubs of colorful activity. Ceuta is no different, and a visit to the Mercado Central is obligatory for avid window-shoppers as well as those seeking a bit of retail...

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Calle González de la Vega, 5, 51001 Ceuta, Spain

When Spain joined the European Union in 1986, Ceuta's previous status as a tariff-free zone effectively ended. But there are still bargains to be had for visitors, as the enclave's retail-tax rates remain lower—so shops such as this upmarket...