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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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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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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...